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China Summary Translation: Ten Things the CIO Needs to Know About Agile Development

Published: 08 June 2015

ID: G00278004

Analyst(s): Maritess Sobejana, Andy Kyte


Done well, agile development can be an integral part of the portfolio of methods that the CIO uses to deal with increasing business demand for application capability and innovation. Done badly, agile development will create a lot more problems than it solves.

Table Of Contents



Ten Things the CIO Needs to Know About Agile Development

  • Key Findings
  • Recommendations


  • No. 1: Agile is not one thing
  • No. 2: Agile is not a "pick'n mix" methodology
  • No. 3: Embracing agile is a joint business-IT activity
  • No. 4: With agile, it is important to walk before you try running
  • No. 5: Embracing agile is embracing continuous learning
  • No. 6: Agile is about teams and teams of teams
  • No. 7: Documenting, managing and eliminating technical debt is a core concept of all agile methods
  • No. 8: Working with third-party development service providers on agile development demands special care and attention
  • No. 9: The impact of agile goes well beyond the software development teams
  • No. 10: Other software development methodologies will still have a place in your portfolio
  • Bottom Line

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