Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bringing Agile into SharePoint - The combination

SharePoint offers several flexible approaches that enable rapid development and deployment of business processes through its out-of-the-box features which are also easily customizable. A SharePoint developer can leverage a lot of this out of box functionality and combine it with .NET skills to create highly functional business solutions quickly, easily and at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions.

A combination of SharePoint and Agile can be used to deliver good solution to the customers with improved speed up overall delivery time with better focus on developer productivity.

So what are the benefits that SharePoint lends to Agile?

A lot of out of the box functionality:
Most of the client requirements map directly onto features provided from a default provision of SharePoint. With a wide choice of from web templates to workflows most of the features SharePoint has supports the vision for the customers’ requirements.

Rapid prototyping:
SharePoint comes with an abundance of features and tools that help developers quickly build business solutions even if they don’t have a strong background in web development. You can easily build, customize and deploy solutions using SharePoint. It’s very simple to create a rough working model of what the customer is looking for that helps the team to ensure that they can deliver what the customer really wants using SharePoint.

Easy customization:
With SharePoint, you have an option of OOTB features with which the development team has the ability to build custom applications and components with ease. Along with the help of proper tooling the administrators can customize the entire SharePoint experience with your his/ her organizations branding.

Easy deployment and administration:
Administrators can easily access and manage features, system settings, monitor farms, perform backup and restore content, security through the Central Administration Console all in a single location.

I'll write more on the combination of Agile and SharePoint in the upcoming posts and we'll also see how to address some of the challenges of Agile development practices in SharePoint like unit testing, TDD etc.

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