Agile development has evolved into a critical methodology even for industries where the economic or human cost of errors is unacceptably high, such as developing software for medical devices. Today, Agile software development methods have proven their worth in regulated environments, delivering verification and validation with high traceability.
- Better understand user needs by lessening the dependencies on abstract, document-oriented milestones
- Reduce defects by using working code as the basis for feedback and decision-making
- Leverage verification and validation activities and artifacts supporting the need to ensure the system works only and exactly as intended
- Use traceability mechanisms to demonstrate these facts to other stakeholders, including regulatory bodies
At a very fundamental level, going to Agile is so rewarding to the team because the collaboration and the work they do together ultimately creates a better product. The outcome of that is that the team feels very engaged and very fulfilled as they do product development that way.
VP of Development
In addition to the fact that there is a high level of synchronicity between our two companies, I also felt that Rally offered the best solution on the market. We were impressed with their SaaS model because it would allow us to focus on our core competency, rather than trying to create some sort of Agile tracking and reporting method ourselves.
Rally’s helped us do that because it’s a visual representation of the process that we’re doing.