Gartner Research

Best Practices in Transitioning to Agile: The Pilot Project

Published: 21 March 2012

ID: G00231959

Analyst(s): Nathan Wilson


This research is the fourth in a series on adopting agile development. It outlines best practices for running a successful agile pilot project. Utilizing this guidance will help IT leaders avoid common pitfalls.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Pilot
  • Plan the Project
    • Pick the Project
    • Pick the Methodology
    • Pick the Team
    • Train the Team
    • Agile Application Life Cycle Management (ALM) Tools
    • Involve the Stakeholders
    • Define "Done"
  • Kickoff Announcement
  • Running the Project
    • Timing
    • The First Iteration
    • The First Retrospective
    • Subsequent Iterations
  • Project Retrospective
  • After the Pilot
    • Hybrid Development Organizations
    • Full Transition
  • Measuring Benefits

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