Galaxy S7 could use Agile methodology to shorten development by 1-2 months

According to a new report from Korea, Samsung has decided to change from its old ‘Waterfall’ methodology to ‘Agile’ for the Galaxy S7 which could shorten development by up to 1 or 2 months. The Agile methodology implies creating a project with simple beginnings and building it up by splitting development into modules which are completed as fast as possible. The project gets tested and evaluated every time a module gets finished but the main advantage of this method is that the product can easily be changed mid-way due to the flexibility of modular development. This goes in contrast with Waterfall development which basically implies a very precise plan, and once you finish a certain stage of the project you can no longer go back.

If Samsung switched to Agile development then they could finish developing the Galaxy S7 as soon as December, which puts a much earlier launch perspective for the flagship in 2016. It remains to be seen if this switch from Waterfall methodology to Agile will bring us the next flagship earlier or not, but in the meantime let us know what you think about it by leaving a comment.

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1 year 8 months ago

i dont give a shit. i’ll be switching to nexus devices. really pissed by samsung. no firmware support. really slow permormance on the devices and the company itself.

1 year 8 months ago

Agile? More like fragile.

1 year 8 months ago

And how about if Samsung start to focus on provide better support to their current flagships? I mean, look at Apple and their strategy with FW support. But well, I am just a customer that is not pleased with the way we’ve been treated.

1 year 8 months ago

Waterfall vs agile usually refers to software development. I don’t think it applies to hardware. The main advantage on phone firmware in this case would be that you can leave features out if you run out of time and/or they turn out to be unimportant. I don’t think that would lead to an earlier launch. Just less delay and less bugs.

1 year 8 months ago

Agile can be applied outside of software, we’ve been doing it for a few years now. My best guess is that they will use Agile in the design stage to build rapid prototypes. Although, the modular approach mentioned above is more of an incremental approach which is not necessarily agile.