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Create Great Software Using Agile Methodologies

Published: 01 October 2014

ID: G00266391

Analyst(s): Sean Kenefick


Agile solves many of the problems that beset development groups, but is it the fix for what ails your engineering team? This document assesses agile development and explains why embracing its practices leads to better outcomes than those provided by sequential methodologies such as waterfall.

Table Of Contents


  • Why Agile?
    • The Limits of Waterfall
    • Looking for the Root Cause
    • Quality Is Not the Same as Value
  • Agile Tenets
    • Feedback
    • Involving the Business
    • Discipline, Compromise and Team Empowerment
    • Collaboration
  • Take an Iterative Approach to Agile Adoption
    • Identify and Implement Stand-Alone Technical Practices
    • Select and Roll Out Pilot Projects
    • Determine Your Necessary Tools
    • Initiate a Metrics Strategy
    • Slowly Roll Out Agile to Other Teams
  • Scaling Agile
  • Agile Misconceptions
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


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