Agile development is an approach to software development that emphasizes close collaboration between product managers and developers across an ongoing series of short, iterative development cycles each of which is limited in scope. Agile development arose as a reaction against the failings of the traditional "waterfall" methodology which tended toward long development cycles in which exhaustive requirement and design specifications for a large feature set were painstakingly written before developers would then spend months coding to those specs. With a shortened release cycle and a tighter feedback loop between product owners and programmers, software makers shifting to an agile development approach found that they were much better able to respond to rapidly changing demands and opportunities in the markets that they served.
Adoption of the agile development model requires that a software vendor update its culture, processes, and tools. Of the various types of agile development tools available today, one of the most beneficial is an advanced application performance monitoring (APM) solution such as that offered by Dynatrace.
Dynatrace is a leading provider of next-generation APM technologies and DevOps tools. Dynatrace Application Monitoring delivers comprehensive performance monitoring and root cause analysis for today’s distributed web and mobile applications.
In the most popular agile development methodology – Scrum – developers engage in a series of short "sprints" (typically no more than a month long) each of which should yield production-ready code. Dynatrace APM helps maximize the productivity of each sprint in two ways. First, by integrating into popular IDEs like Eclipse and IntelliJ and build platforms like Jenkins and Bamboo, Dynatrace applies unit and application performance checks into daily development so that performance problems are detected and fixed promptly and efficiently. In this way the team improves its chances of meeting the agile development goal of producing usable code by the end of each sprint.
Second, in agile DevOps environments, Dynatrace helps developers minimize the time that they need to spend in the operations-support role that DevOps calls for, and maximize their time writing new code for the sprint. When software makers use Dynatrace APM as their DevOps monitoring solution, Operations teams are able to provide developers with comprehensive root cause analysis of any performance problems that occur in production – across all application tiers and down through the relevant stack trace. Equipped with Dynatrace DevOps monitoring tools, developers can minimize MTTR for production issues and get back to the sprint.
A key benefit of agile development is that it allows product managers to frequently course-correct the development process so that the team is producing features that are responsive to fast-moving market demands and opportunities. In Scrum methodology, this takes the form of a "product backlog" (a master wish list of features and enhancements to be implemented for the product) and a "sprint backlog" (a list of features and enhancements to be implemented in the current sprint).
Dynatrace’s User Experience Management solution helps product managers by delivering complete visibility into how users are using your applications, across all channels, device types, and geographies. Armed with Dynatrace user analytics, product managers can make the right choices about which features and performance enhancements to add to the product backlog and which to prioritize for the next sprint.