Gartner Research

The Impact of Agile on Application Architecture

Published: 25 September 2013

ID: G00247492

Analyst(s): Ross Altman, Nathan Wilson

Summary

Applying traditional application architecture to agile projects will fail. The information required to do traditional upfront design does not exist at the start of the project. This research will help application architects and their managers respond to these changes.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • When an enterprise shifts some of its development model from a waterfall approach to an agile approach, there is insufficient information available for architects to design the architecture at the start of the project
  • When an enterprise shifts some of its development model from a waterfall approach to an agile approach, agile teams must work independently of each other
  • When an enterprise shifts some of its development model from a waterfall approach to an agile approach, forward-looking designs will be rejected by agile teams
  • When an enterprise shifts some of its development model from a waterfall approach to an agile approach, cross-project infrastructure and services will be neglected by agile teams

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