What to look for in an Agile Sitecore development partner

If you’re in the market to partner with a mature Agile development team like ours for your Sitecore project, here are some criteria to consider when deciding if a team is the correct fit.

Is the Agile team able to quickly provide an estimated cost and a delivery date for your project?

If the answer is, “No. We don’t provide estimates or dates because we’re an Agile development team, not a traditional Waterfall team,” this could be a tell that the team may not be a mature Agile team. A mature Agile team like ours can quickly provide estimates and reliable forecasts based on years of empirical data we’ve collected from previous Agile projects.

Will you be demoing working software on a regular interval as the team is developing our project?

Mature Agile teams, like ours, always demo a working increment of software at the end of a Sprint. A Sprint is simply a period of time, most often a two- or three-week period. Another name for this demo is called a Sprint Review and typically takes anywhere from 15-60 minutes. It’s important to remember that this demo is not a PowerPoint presentation or a Word doc that lists work items completed. It’s a demo of the actual software being built, usually in a development or test environment. Our Sprint Reviews are designed to spark dialogue via transparency with our clients as we build.

Does your team have Retrospectives, and do they share what’s discussed in them with stakeholders?

This is a trick question! Agile Scrum teams should always have a Retrospective once per Sprint, preferably on the last day. This is an important Agile Scrum ceremony that provides a safe space for the Scrum team to openly discuss what didn’t go well during a Sprint, and what the team may want to do differently in the future. This is a trick question because whatever is discussed in this ceremony is not meant to be shared with stakeholders. If an Agile Scrum team you are considering does not have Retrospectives or does them and claims to share the discussion with others outside of the immediate development team, they are not a mature Agile Scrum team.

Our Agile Sitecore development team

The Laughlin Constable Sitecore development team follows Agile development practices to deliver value at a rapid pace. Our clients often operate in dynamic market environments which demand an Agile team like ours who work within short development cycles to achieve a faster time-to-market.

Our individual team members have been working together for up to eight years in our downtown Milwaukee office. The team consists of multiple dedicated, full-stack certified Sitecore Engineers, a Product Owner, a Scrum Master, and Quality Assurance Engineers.

Our Product Owner partners closely with clients to ensure the work the development team is planning is of genuine value. Our Scrum Master role is an engineer on our development team who ensures the Scrum framework is followed.

If you are ready to connect with us to discuss your next Sitecore project, please fill out the form below. Our motivated, passionate, and mature Agile Sitecore team is ready to explore your opportunity.

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