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The Agile Business

THE agile BUSINESS What is agile and who's adopting it? The concept of agile development has sparked an ideology that's affecting businesses everywhere. We examine the fundamentals and look at how agile methods are being deployed in business today. In 2001, a group of software developers gathered to discuss development methods. They published the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, which has defined the agile development approach and spawned other agile business methods. 2001 "WE ARE UNCOVERING BETTER WAYS OF DEVELOPING SOFTWARE BY DOING IT AND HELPING OTHERS DO IT." THE MANIFESTO READS: 12 PRINCIPLES OF AGILE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THIS WORK 1. 7. WE HAVE COME TO VALUE: Satisfy the customer by quickly delivering software. Measure progress primarily through working software. Individuals 2. 8. and interactions OVER PROCESSES AND TOOLS Welcome changing requirements and evaluate at each sprint. Promote sustainable Working software development. Developers, sponsors, and users should be able to maintain pace indefinitely. OVER COMPREHENSIVE DOCUMENTATION 3. 9. Deliver software frequently on a short timescale, usually every 2 weeks or faster. Pay continuous attontion to technical excellence and good design. Customer OVER CONTRACT collaboration NEGOTIATION 4. Responding 10. Collaborate daily with stand-up OVER FOLLOWING Simplicity is essential. to change meetings, usually no longer than 15 mi A PLAN minutes. 11. Keep teams self-organizing THAT IS, WHILE THERE IS VALUE IN THE ITEMS ON THE RIGHT, WE VALUE THE ITEMS ON THE LEFT MORE. Support and trust motivated around core features or deliverables project teams. 6. 12. Communicate face-to-face for most efficient sharing of information. Regularly reflect on how to become more effective and adapt at the end of a sprint via retrospectives. FIRMS USING AGILE DEVELOPMENT Adoption of Agile Development by Firm Size Companies are growing their agile initiatives, assigning more teams to agile methods. Teams That Have Adopted Agile Within an Organization 24% 1-20 54% 0-5 Teams 18% 20-50 17% 5-10 Teams 50-250 26% 14% 10-25 Teams 32% 250+ 15% 25+ Teams O OOO O + DEPLOYING agile METHODS Top Barriers to Agile Adoption Greatest Concerns agile when Deploying Agile Methods 1. Ability to change organizational culture 1. Loss of management control 2. General resistance to change 2. Lack of upfront planning 3. Availability of personnel with necessary skills 3. Management opposed to change 4. Management support 4. Lack of documentations 5. Project complexity or size 5. Lack of predictability ADOPTING agile HOW AGILE MAKES A DIFFERENCE Among firms that use agile methods, overall consensus is that they get projects completed faster. 66% Faster time 17% 12% 5% Same time to Not yet completed an agile project to completion Slower time completion to completion Reasons for Adopting Agile Accelerated time to market and enhanced productivity are among the top reasons firms adopt agile methods. • HIGHEST IMPORTANCE • VERY IMPORTANT • SOMEWHAT, OR NOT IMPORTANT AT ALL 37% 36% 27% 53% 24% 49% 41% 46% 22% 18% 27% 20% ACCELERATE TIME TO MARKET ENHANCE ABILITY TO MANAGE CHANGING INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCE SOFTWARE QUALITY PRIORITES 24% 39% 17% 41% 15% 46% 13% 41% 42% 37% 39% 46% IMPROVE ALIGNMENT BETWEEN IT & BUSINESS OBJECTIVES IMPROVE PRоист REDUCE RISK SIMPLIFY DEVELOPMENT PROCESS VISIBILITY 11% 41% 10% 37% 10% 34% 8% 37% 5% 17% 78% 48% 53% 56% 55% ENHANCE SOFTWARE MAINTAINABILITY/ EXTENSIBILITY IMPROVE TEAM MORALE REDUCE COST IMPROVE/INCREASE ENGINEERING MANAGE DISTRIBUTED agile IN THE ENTERPRISE WHAT AGILE LOOKS LIKE IN A BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT Agile Development Agile software development Agile Management Agile Businesses An agile business is one that Drawing upon the principles of agile development, agile management can rapidly adapt in response delivers projects in a flexible and adaptive manner. It empowers individuals and emphasizes typically refers to creating a product in self-organizing teams to market and environmental that continually reflect on how to become more effective changes. It recognizes change as an important part of an organization's processes. and adapt accordingly. collaboration. WHAT WORKED FOR US THE PLANNING AND EXECUTION MODEL THAT WORKED FOR US AT GIST. 18-month Horizon 6-month Direction 3-month Product Roadmap General goals that map to funding Define corporate and/or product goals with core metrics that the So we could get our heads around what we might build, understand market timing/launch opportunities. rounds and business states (funding premise, use of proceeds, etc.). company can track and measure. 1-month Themes 2-week Sprints 1 Sprint in Preview Align the dev teams/marketing teams, simplify the user stories. Each individual outlines efforts and deliverables, 8 days coding, 3 days Limited user release (-100-200) for complicated or hard to message testing, release to customers. features to refine user experience. Gist. AGILEMANIFESTO ORG VERSIONONE AGILEADVICE COM

The Agile Business

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