The Natural Alliance between Responsive Web Design and Agile

Posted by David Clarke on July 3rd, 2012 at 6:26 am

With all the different ways that internet users are accessing website content (such as through mobile devices and tablets) the need for an effective and time-saving approach to delivering content to different devices/displays arises.

Because of this, responsive web design is a concept that is getting a lot of attention lately. The benefits are clear: one code base, one content source, multiple displays.

Now, if your organization agrees that it is the right way to go, you need to decide which process/project management approach will work best for you.

Waterfall Approach

The Waterfall methodology is basically what it sounds like; one phase 'flows' into the next, until all phases are complete.

Because design is completed and approved very early on in the process, you need to have a good idea how your site will appear in different displays before the actual development process begins.

Agile Approach

Agile is another project management methodology that takes a more iterative approach to creating a responsive site.

For responsive design, this approach is optimal because each iteration can result in a releasable display 'version.'

There are many different flavors of project management methodologies, and all have their merits and challenges. When it comes to responsive design, the agile approach has a natural alliance with the flexibility of responsive design.

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One Response to “The Natural Alliance between Responsive Web Design and Agile”

  1. Andrew says:

    Great insights. Thanks for sharing.

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