An Overview of The Crystal Software Development Methodology


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The article chosen this week, demonstrates how an agile project management approach with the Crystal methodology, is used in order to deploy IT applications for libraries, which are innovative. The staff and students on the paper, found success in developing their software using the crystal methodology, which is a flexible and iterative process.

Libraries have not been able to keep up, with the Information Technology (IT) applications advancements and innovation, because there is limited staff and financial resources. Crystal is a family of methodology, such as Clear, Yellow, Orange and Red, and was originated by Alistair Cockburn.

The size of the project, is key in a Crystal methodology environment, because formality is added to the structure and management of a project, when the size of the project grows. The expected demands are also delivered, because project criticality, which is also key in Crystal methodology, increases the rigidity of the project.

Each project may require, a slightly customize set of processes, practices and policies, which could be used to change policies, practices and processes. As one of the most lightweight and adaptable approaches to software development, Crystal is comprised of a family of agile methodologies, which have unique characteristics, which are driven by sever factors, such as team size, system criticality and project priorities. The realization that each project may require a slightly tailored set of policies, practices and processes, is taken care of by the Crystal methodology, in order to meet the project’s unique characteristics.

Teamwork, communication, simplicity and reflecting on how to improve the process are all key features of the Crystal methodology. Early, frequent delivery of a working software is also promoted by the Crystal methodology; the Crystal methodology also allows users to be involved, and for bureaucracy and distraction to be removed. The maximum length of each time box, in Crystal clear is four months, in order to allow the easy access of expert users during frequent meet ups, so that developers and customers, are able to be on the same page, about the project. In order to measure the velocity of the team and its success ratios, the meet ups, before and after the development of a working software, are used.

The rapid changes in technology and requirements, during a project, is the reason why software development methodologies, such as the Crystal software development methodology, were discovered. Crystal allows the people on a team of developers and customers, to choose the best software development methodology, which is best suited, for their software development project.

The Crystal methodology is able to achieve this, by leaving details unstated, in order for the team to decide what to do; because the team is the best suited people to decide, the steps of their software development methodology, in order to develop a software successfully. In a Crystal methodology environment, the reflective improvement mechanism, allow development teams to adjust, to their software development process. The way that development team members communicate with each other, is also the focused of the Crystal software development methodology.

Communication must be osmotic between developers, so that the information flows into the team members, so that they are able to pick up, relevant information simultaneously.

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