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Create Great Software Using Agile Methodologies

Published: 14 March 2016

ID: G00301254

Analyst(s): Bill Holz , Sean Kenefick


Agile practices and methodologies aid teams in solving the problems that beset development groups. This document assesses agile development and explains the agile practices that will lead development teams to better outcomes than those provided by sequential methodologies.

Table Of Contents


  • Why Agile?
    • The Limits of Waterfall
    • Searching for Root Causes
    • Reliability Is Not the Same as Value
  • Agile Tenets
    • Feedback
    • Involving and Understanding the Business
    • Discipline, Compromise and Team Empowerment
    • Collaboration
  • Some Differing Flavors of Agile
    • Extreme Programming
    • Scrum
    • Lean and Kanban
  • 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 Based on Mode and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Scaling Agile
  • Agile Misconceptions
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


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