Champions of the Agile Methodology Mindset

For 25+ years, Connamara has embodied the values of Agile – responsiveness, adaptability, and speed of execution – and delivered tangible results.


Test-driven development, automated testing, and continuous integration are the hallmarks of Connamara Agile. Here’s how our Agile development methodologies support the success of our clients’ projects.

Reduce Costs

Test-driven development means no time or budget required for a technical writer for system documentation and fewer resources directed toward manual QA testing.

Increase Transparency

Continuous integration prevents surprises at the end of the project because changes in budget or scope are known earlier.

Accelerate Release Cycle

Continuous integration shortens the release cycle to get new functionality in front of the end users of the application.

Strengthen System Documentation

Unit Tests and Acceptance Tests are never out of date, so system documentation is never out of date.

Clearly Define “Done”

When the Tests that define a feature pass, the feature is done. Features are never partially done.

Improve Decision-Making

Assigning complexity points to features enables client stakeholders to evaluate the impact of changes to the schedule and budget before adjusting the project’s scope.

Agile Project Management

Connamara Agile’s project management methodologies enable development to adapt to changes in scope while maintaining transparency in budget and timeline.

With input from the client, our business analysts create a prioritized list of User Stories, based on relative complexity points. Points are re-tallied after each development iteration to calculate a new completion date, providing more certainty for our clients.

As new features are discovered, complexity points are determined again and may influence the project’s completion date. This transparency informs the client as to the impact of the new feature on the delivery date of the solution.

Agile Solution Implementation

Agile methodologies at Connamara center on automated test-driven development and continuous integration. Human-readable Acceptance Tests describing each User Story and code-level unit tests are written.

Continuous integration (the practice of building and testing all the interconnected components of the system being designed) prevents surprises at the end of the project.

Automated testing, triggered on every change to the code base, ensures that no single change to the system introduces unintended behaviors to the system and the system behaves as expected.


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