How to Transition from Waterfall to Agile Software Development

August 24, 2015 / in Blog, / by Number8

waterfall to agileWaterfall is a traditional software engineering methodology that has been around a long time. In the early days of software development, the waterfall approach worked fine in situations where analysis, design and coding were all step-by-step phases. In today’s software development world, things are much more dynamic, and far less clean-cut. And many software development projects do not fit into a rigid step-by-step process. In reaction to the waterfall methodology, a new approach for software development has evolved. This agile approach focuses on product testing throughout product development, and working in short bursts to complete manageable tasks. Agile software development allows you to change the process or product at any time during the software development process. There is room to refine a product, change direction, and to even make mistakes. This approach aims to work through the problem in a timely matter in order to create the best end product possible. In an agile software environment, there tends to be more visibility with less risk throughout the product development process, not to mention lower costs.

4 Critical Steps To Move From Waterfall To Agile Software Development

Perhaps not surprisingly, many software development companies are moving from the waterfall approach to the agile methodology. If you are considering whether to make the transition from waterfall to agile, or are already in the process, here are four critical steps to complete this transition.
  1. Learn the benefits of Agile and make a good argument for it to your team. It may be hard to persuade those that have been using the waterfall methodology for many years, but this move can create big opportunities while decreasing timely tasks. When discussing this move with your team it’s important to share all of the facts and information you can about this methodology. Your team should have a good understanding of this process before beginning this new adventure. Make sure that everyone is on the same page and is enthusiastic about this transition. When it comes to changes in the way software development projects are managed, good attitudes go a long way.
  2. Seek out and provide training and educational opportunities. When it comes to agile development, education is key. This approach to project management is different from waterfall and it may take time to fully grasp. Gathering educational materials and conducting training courses will improve your team’s understanding of the agile methodology which will help the team in the long run. Some hands-on training programs will be beneficial as well because the team can work together in a nonthreatening environment with example projects before actually handling real client projects using this new methodology.
  3. Develop a clear timeline for the transition. This transition should have a start and a finish time. Because it may take longer than expected, it is important to remain on track while also allowing plenty of time for your team to fully understand agile. You don’t want the move to take too long, but you also must help your team understand the process. Creating a timeline for this will increase productivity and limit costs.
  4. Be patient, change takes time and practice. Again, a good attitude can go a long way. Try and understand that measurable progress may take time and practice makes perfect. This move should involve practicing patience, positive communication and understanding. If there is a setback to the timeline, try and stay level-headed. Having an open and flexible attitude will improve your team’s morale while also giving them the support and courage they need to try out a new and unfamiliar approach to software development.
All of these steps listed above are critical to the transition process from waterfall to agile, and frankly, they are just the beginning. This transition can be made a lot easier if everyone stays on the same page. While it is important to keep things moving, having an adequate understanding of the concepts involved in agile development as well as the agile scrum process, will help your team make the transition much more easily.

The History of Costa Rican Fútbol

August 15, 2015 / in Blog, / by Number8

Soccer or fútbol has been a part of the Costa Rican lifestyle since well before the 1900s. According to many historians, Costa Ricans began playing soccer around 1876. A decade later, Costa Rica established their first official team. England was a part of the creation of Costa Rica’s pastime by providing a regulation sized ball. Along with uniforms and equipment, San Jose County in Tibás, Costa Rica, became the first in the country to promote organized games and sport clubs. By the early 1900s, the people of San Jose Costa Rica had begun practicing and participating in other organized sports including baseball, basketball and horseback riding. Out of all of these activities and sports, Costa Ricans have long embraced their roots with a widespread love of the game of soccer. Because San Jose is considered the foundation of soccer in Costa Rica, this city has been supporting, preserving and promoting this activity since 1904. After more than seven attempts to form a national soccer federation, Costa Rica joined the National Soccer League (Liga Nacional de Fútbol) on June 13, 1921. With the help of the seven major soccer teams in Costa Rica, the foundation of this league became a part of a large movement for this country’s culture. This organization gave young children aspirations and goals of becoming a future member of one of the first division soccer teams in Costa Rica. While only three of the seven founding teams exist today, these seven teams are responsible for Costa Rica’s entry into the International Football Association (FIFA) in 1927.Soccer in Costa Rica

Decades of Activity in Costa Rica

To understand how the league system works in Costa Rica, it is easier to identify them with their own separate categories. The first division league is called UNAFUT. This is the most popular soccer league in Costa Rica and includes four prominent teams: La Liga Deportiva Alajuenlense, Club Sport Herediano, Club Sport Cartagines and Deportivo Saprissa. The remaining divisions are organized as follows: · LIFUSE: Second division · ANAFA : Third division · AFUSCO: Indoor soccer · ADEFUPLA: Beach Soccer · ADELIFFE: Women’s Soccer Every major soccer team in Costa Rica has their own stadium. The national soccer team, Federación Costarricense de Fútbol or La Sele, plays at the National Stadium in San Jose’s Sabana Park. The national team is divided into three teams that travel internationally to compete against some of the best athletes in the world. Costa Rican soccer players have an impressive history of success which includes being the top national football team in the history of Central America. With eight championships and three CONCACAF titles, Costa Rica is the only national team in Central America to have competed in four FIFA World Cup Editions. Soccer or football in Costa Rica is a livelihood and pastime for this culture. This sport has not only shaped the history of this country, but the culture as well. Catch a glimpse of the Costa Rica National Football team you can help cheer on the La Sele team to victory!

Mother’s Day in Costa Rica – August 15

August 6, 2015 / in Blog, / by Number8

Approximately 80 percent of the Costa Rican population identifies themselves as Roman Catholics. This large community has influenced the country to designate Roman Catholicism as the official religion of Costa Rica. Because of the large devotion, this country has established many important national holidays around Catholic holidays. While the first celebration of mothers can be traced all the way back to the ancient goddesses and other Christian celebrations, Costa Rica celebrates for another time and reason. With the help of history and other important historical figures, many countries now celebrate Mother’s Day every year. However, not every country celebrates their mothers on the same day. For example, in America, Mother’s Day is celebrated in early May on the first or second Sunday of the month, depending on the calendar year. For mothers in Costa Rica, their day has a faithful heritage.Mothers Day August 15th is Mother’s Day in Costa Rica and it is also a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholic believers. This is the day Catholics believe that Mary’s body was taken into heaven. The Assumption of Mary is a feast day recognizing the selfless and earthly life of Mary and the divinity associated with her heavenly soul. This a sacred and blessed day for Catholics and has provided a national holiday for mothers in Costa Rica. The deep faith of this country has established not only a day of catholic observance, but also a day for hardworking mothers to be appreciated and revered. Costa Rica has very strong roots in faith, so it makes perfect sense to establish August 15th as Mother’s Day. This day not only recognizes the Immaculate Mother of God, but Costa Rican mothers too. Mother’s day in Costa Rica was not made to take anything away from the divinity of the Blessed Mother, but as a way for each and every person to have the opportunity to appreciate the importance of all mothers. This is an important day in Costa Rica, one that is taken seriously and is revered. Many spend the day with their mothers, offering gifts and treats. While much of the time is spent with family, this day also has a spiritual focus concentrated on Mary. On this national holiday, banks and schools are shut down to give mothers of all kind the respect and celebration they deserve. Some families prepare for this celebration by raising a pig to be slaughtered and shared while other celebrate in the street with local parades. This Costa Rican holiday represents a special time in the country. Mother’s day encourages the children and families of Costa Rica to be thankful for their Heavenly Mother, as well as their own mother. It is an important lesson and privilege for many Costa Ricans.


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