The Digital Software Services team at Hicron usually works using agile methods. Agility in creating even the most complex applications is critical: it helps to work faster and more efficiently, and the client can routinely monitor the progress of work. What is agile delivery at Hicron and what software trends are prevalent in the markets?
Agile transformation and other trends in IT
What first started as a software development methodology, now is considered one of the ways of conducting your business. More and more companies see the benefits of agile transformation, which means changing work culture and reorganizing the structure of the business. As a result, the company becomes flexible and is more able to answer the market’s changes.
Virtually every client places special emphasis on the security, performance, and stability of the software we are supposed to design and implement. Clients also frequently refer to ergonomic solutions, transparent interfaces, and compliance with UX trends – says Marcin Połulich, manager of Digital Software Services at Hicron.
Cloud technologies should also be mentioned here – there are few companies nowadays that want to be responsible for maintaining hardware and investing both in IT infrastructure and in competencies that are not very relevant to the business. Cloud Computing is certainly a tendency that will persist and quickly develop – and it is a tendency that has a great synergy with agile delivery.
Other important trends include AR (Augmented Reality), AI (Artificial Intelligence) or ML (Machine Learning), which, so far, have been developed primarily in the entertainment business but which seem very promising to the DSS team. We will be closely watching the AR revolution in order to implement this technology in our products. We believe that it has tremendous business potential that should be used – says Marcin Połulich.
The agile delivery approach
Our methods are particularly convenient when working with small and medium-sized companies. They need swift actions, have the courage and are ready for new solutions. If these companies are ready to establish partner relations with Hicron – then we are ready to help them go through the agile transformation.
The DSS-Hicron team focuses on agile delivery. We use methods such as SCRUM and Kanban. This form of work contributes to close interaction with the clients, consultation of subsequent steps with them and full transparency of such steps. This is frequently shocking to our new clients – there are few organizations that are accustomed to this work philosophy – explains the manager of the DSS team.
In agile delivery, the team usually delivers subsequent changes or functions within two weeks, presents them to the client, consults the next steps, and the client regularly receives an update of the user acceptance environment. Then, the client gets back to the DSS-Hicron team with ideas and acceptances.
Software engineers of Hicron always work directly with the product, which enables them to meet the business needs of the clients. Quick project development and efficient change management help when suddenly everything “turns upside down” – at such times it is fairly easy to change direction. Methods used under the banner of agile transformation enable close cooperation of the DSS-Hicron team with the client, which benefits both sides: software engineers have the sense of control over their work and find it easier to accept responsibility for its results, and clients that actively participate in the process are more likely to return to our company.
For the DSS-Hicron team, caring for the client is very important: they begin working on the project with several developers, who create the backup for their own needs. Naturally, the team also includes the Agile Delivery Lead, who is responsible for uninterrupted implementation. Then, we increase the team by including further programmers as well as testers. This way DSS creates “customer-centric” teams managed by experienced PMs. Cooperation like that can be the first step for agile transformation – and we are encouraging companies to make that step.
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