BY CHRIS DENNY, SMARTBRIEF

We ran our shop, The Engine is Red, on a standard waterfall model for six years, and felt all the aches and pains you’re all familiar with. We didn’t know any better at the time, and it wasn’t until frustration peaked that we changed.

Then we learned about agile -- a flexible and efficient project development method used widely by tech startups engineering teams, whose hallmark is breaking down big projects into small cycles focused on iterative progress over fixed deliverables or tasks. We were intrigued.

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