Today more than ever, companies need to be efficient and flexible. They need to be able to respond to changing market conditions and customer needs within weeks, not months.
A faster, less risky, more nimble development approach is needed. The immediate value of agile is fairly obvious: Software delivered better, faster, and cheaper.
Agile software development has become widely embraced because:
- Software in development costs money and does not produce business value. By producing a better product faster, organizations are minimizing development time and maximizing return on investment (ROI).
- Minimizing defects can reduce costs. The longer it takes to discover a defect, the more costly it becomes to fix it.
- By engaging the business and delivering functionality in an iterative manner, companies are able to ensure that the business gets what the business needs.
Its growth since its formal introduction in 2001 has been explosive, with 35 percent of all software projects applying some form of an agile approach. However, agile is still a tool. And, like all tools, used incorrectly it can result in greater harm than good.
Also, many agile critics complain that the agile approach is not rigorous enough for corporate America’s IT organizations. Enter our “Agile for the Enterprise” approach.