How to Determine When to Use Agile
How to determine when to use Agile
Finding the right balance requires a new approach to developing applications. It requires stepping back and reassessing your tools, processes and, potentially, your organizational structure. The following are three things you should consider to determine if Agile is right for your application projects:
1. Automate Agile processes
Organizations should leverage an integrated management and automation solution that will allow all stakeholders to be actively involved in the Agile delivery process. Having a centralized system in place will help foster collaboration and develop stronger communication among developers, testers and business analysts. Additionally, an integrated management solution will help increase project visibility and progress throughout the delivery phase of an application.
2. Begin with a pilot projects
Agile should be adopted in steps. Start with a pilot project comprising of a small team of business analysts, developers and testers. Determine what works and identify areas of inefficiencies, then work to correct them before scaling to additional projects.
3. Use Agile where it makes sense
Remember that not all projects should leverage Agile methodologies. In cases where business requirements will not change throughout the application delivery process, it would be best to use the waterfall methodology instead.
Tracy DeDore is a 24-year veteran of HP. Tracy currently drives Agile initiatives at HP. She has held a variety of software-related roles including software programming, second-level technical software support and product marketing. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.