CIOs are under pressure to support fast-evolving digital business scenarios, but are finding traditional project and development methods to be unsuitable, according to Gartner Inc. Organizations are increasingly turning to agile development methods to speed up projects and show their value.
When executed well, the use of agile methods has the ability to transform IT-business relationships and have a major positive impact on IT value delivery, says Nathan Wilson, research director at Gartner. But the value of agile development will come only if the entire IT management team is dedicated to the culture change needed for success.
"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 innovation," Wilson said in a statement. "Done badly, agile development will create a lot more problems than it solves."
Gartner has identified 10 guiding principles for agile development:
- Agile is not one thing. but a set of approaches to software development that share a common philosophy but are sharply distinguished in the details of their implementations;
- Agile methods are highly systematic, and every component of the methodology is crucial to success;
- embracing agile is a joint business-IT activity;
- with agile, it’s important to walk before you try running;
- embracing agile is embracing continuous learning;
- Agile is about teams and teams of teams;
- documenting, managing and eliminating technical debt is a core concept of all agile methods;
- working with third-party development service providers on agile development demands special care and attention;
- the impact of agile goes well beyond the software development teams; and
- other software development methodologies will still have a place in your portfolio.
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