agile software development (ASD)

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In software application development, agile software development (ASD) is a methodology for the creative process that anticipates the need for flexibility and applies a level of pragmatism into the delivery of the finished product. Agile software development focuses on keeping code simple, testing often, and delivering functional bits of the application as soon as they're ready. The goal of ASD is to build upon small client-approved parts as the project progresses, as opposed to delivering one large application at the end of the project.

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A variety of ALM software is available for agile software development. Rational Team Concert, part if IBM Rational CLM, integrates task tracking, source control and Agile planning with continuous builds and a configurable process to adapt to varying work styles. For projects working in either Agile or hybrid development environments, TeamForge features include reports on average velocity across iterations and a release rundown, filtering inside planning folders and task auto-assignment.


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Agile software development is a group of software development methods in which requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams

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