Enterprises are turning to agile development in order to speed up projects and illustrate their value. According to Gartner, CIOs are being put under increasing pressure to support fast-evolving digital businesses and an agile development is proving to be the preferred method.
“CIOs are under pressure to support fast-evolving digital business scenarios, but are finding traditional project and development methods unsuitable,” said Gartner research director Nathan Wilson.
“Enterprises are increasingly turning to agile development to speed up projects and illustrate their value.”
10 top tips CIOs need to know about agile development
- Agile is not one thing
Agile development methodologies are a set of approaches to software development. Experienced organisations could use a number of these methods but for those who are just getting started, it is recommended to focus on one before moving onto others.
- Agile is not a “pick’n mix” methodology
Agile methods are highly systematic. Every component of the methodology is crucial to outcome and the success. Organisations mustn’t embrace certain elements of an agile approach and ignore other elements. Each and every component is a necessity.
- Agile success requires an IT-business approach
The full benefits of agile cannot be achieved without engaging with everyone affected. That includes the business leaders, to IT and also the users.
- With agile, it is important to walk before you try running
Any business that is starting to develop an agile approach must ensure they don’t rush into it. Gain confidence when you are getting started before taking on larger tasks.
- Agile success means continuous learning for the organization
Your organisation needs to be committed to continuous improvement, in regards to both quality and cost effectiveness.
- Agile requires teams (and teams of teams)
This involves both developers and quality assurance professionals. It is important to note that physical location of teams is much more important with agile methods than with conventional approaches to development.
- The elimination of documenting and managing technical debt is a core concept of agile development
This means the difference between the state of a piece of software today and the state that it needs to be in.
- Third-party relationships with agile development require special care and attention
Many user IT organizations have a long history of outsourcing application development to specialist service providers. Some form of supplemental staffing is likely to be a useful model.
- The impact of agile goes well beyond the software development teams
An integral component of the agile methodologies is the concept of “continuous delivery.” This is since business users are a key part of the project and its success.
10. Agile development should not be your only development methodology
Some other methodologies may be more suited to your business. An agile approach is a great route to go down, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for every organisation. Other approaches need to be considered too!
An agile development strategy must be set in order to propose alternatives to additional project management. Using an agile approach provides opportunities to assess the direction throughout the development life-cycle.
Requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organising, cross functional teams. Through adaptive planning, evolutionary development and continuous improvement, agile development provides a quick and non-complex delivery for your business.
To deliver a successful project, it is essential that a clear set of prioritised requirements are agreed with the customer, alongside the overall objective, quality, timescale and budget. It is key to create a modular approach which supports an active development structure.