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Agile product engineering is a dynamic, fast-paced approach to creating digital products like software, mobile apps, and websites. The Agile principles and methodologies that product engineers apply to product development prioritize continuous improvement, collaboration, high-speed delivery, adaptability, and customer value.

Agile is characterized by its main power: agility. It's an iterative project management approach that helps teams become more responsive, adaptive, and accountable and projects more visible, flexible, better, and faster. Essentially, Agile is a way to manage a project by splitting it into many steps. It values high-speed development and quality delivery over a project's lifespan, which requires constant collaboration with all stakeholders and continuous improvement at every step. Agile also aligns all projects with business goals by prioritizing new product features based on value, helping companies remain competitive while improving outcomes. For these reasons, implementing Agile in developing digital products makes sense.

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What is Agile product engineering?

Agile product engineering has become the gold standard approach to digital product development. It involves the full product lifecycle of planning, designing, building, testing, integrating, deploying, maintaining, and retiring digital products.

Each Software Development Lifecycle stage (SDLC) stage requires vigilant transparency, accountability, and cross-functional team collaboration. In other words, it requires the principles of Agile.

However, Agile teams and their expertise do not come out of the box. Agile is a methodology that combines people, software, processes, architectures, applications, workflows, and systems that follow particular techniques and principles.

Every product engineering team may have a different way, but when they follow Agile practices vs. traditional waterfall methods, projects, therefore products, often result in massive gains in business agility, customer satisfaction, quality outcomes, and shorter release cycles.

The primary distinction between Agile and waterfall development techniques is Agile's capacity to adapt to change, unlike waterfall, which counts on rigid up-front-only planning and follows a sequential direction.

Agile has become the dominant standard for creating digital products. Agile product development initiatives experience a 64% success rate, making them 1.5x more successful than traditional linear waterfall development (source: Zippia).

Agile projects also have the potential to improve customer experience by 30%, increase operational performance by 30 to 50%, and reduce time to market by at least 40% (source: McKinsey).

Yet, despite this great potential for success, many Agile projects fail. Why? Mostly because Agile is less about technology and more about mindset. This means problems are often unique and usually occur due to differences within organizations, people, and the implementation of Agile projects. Additionally, Agile's rapid, intricate cross-functional structure means that one minor mistake can exponentially lead to many bigger mistakes.

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How to avoid failure in Agile product engineering

Because of Agile's need to tightly combine people and technology with processes, methods, values, culture, and mindset, there is no playbook or single solution that can address the problems that businesses can face in Agile product engineering initiatives.

Instead, there are actions that organizations and teams can take to avoid, lessen, or eliminate failure in Agile product engineering.

At the minimum, an Agile team structure consists of:

Agile can be applied to projects of any size. Large-scale projects are made by combining the appropriate teams to handle the workload requirements and meet the broader business objectives.

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Agile - The gold standard in product engineering

Agile is a popular product management approach that creates a dynamic cross-functional team environment that prioritizes continuous improvement, collaboration, fast delivery, adaptability, and customer value.

Agile methods and principles help teams become more efficient, flexible, accountable, and engaged in projects, each other, and all stakeholders. Agile experts create fast, iterative, efficient, and fluid environments while embracing emerging technologies and assuring business goals.

Product engineering based on Agile is the standard for developing digital products (software, mobile apps, websites). Product engineering involves the full spectrum of planning, designing, building, testing, integrating, deploying, maintaining, and retiring digital products.

Consequently, product engineers require the Agile approach's values to deliver fast delivery of constantly improving digital products.

Agile product engineering helps businesses respond quickly to changing requirements, demands, and market shifts so they can compete with their products in this digital age.

For more ways to reach success in Agile product engineering, contact us here. Our product engineering experts at UST can help your business shift to the promising Agile world of fast and consistently enhanced quality digital product delivery.

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Resources

https://www.ust.com/en/ust-product-engineering/softwareproductengineering

https://www.ust.com/en/insights/improved-application-delivery-speed-and-productivity-with-agile-business-framework-and-devsecops

https://www.ust.com/en/what-we-do/digital-transformation/agile-transformation

https://www.ust.com/au/our-thinking/how-a-bank-boosted-customers-35-percent-in-one-year-by-embracing-an-agile-mindset