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Increasing Agility Through Software Development Life Cycle Infrastructure

Published: 02 February 2012

ID: G00229778

Analyst(s): Sean Kenefick


Every organization that creates software must ensure that the infrastructure supporting its development process is robust and applicable to the needs of the team. In this guidance document, Research Director Sean Kenefick assists you in assessing and updating your software development life cycle (SDLC) infrastructure to match the needs of modern development teams.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability
  • Related Guidance

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Step 1: Identify Your Goals
  • Step 2: Understand the Benefits of SDLC Infrastructure
    • Code Creation and Management
    • Project Management
    • Environment and Operations Management
  • Step 3: Assess Your Current Infrastructure
    • Infrastructure Governance and Process Improvement
    • Diversity of Development and Runtime Platforms
    • History of Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Tool Choices
    • Distributed Development
    • Infrastructure Automation
  • Step 4: Establish Infrastructure Effectiveness Measurements
  • Step 5: Develop an Execution Plan
    • Determine Who Needs to Be Involved
    • Prioritize Changes
    • Select an Execution Team
    • Craft a Project Plan
    • Create the Business Case and Secure Funding
    • Prepare and Execute Changes
    • Debrief
  • Step 6: Reassess and Revise as Necessary

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Vendor Lock-In
  • Organizational Disruption
  • Looking for a Big-Bang Solution
  • Unhappy Developers Work Around Governance
  • Masked Symptoms


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