Agile Software Development: It's Not the Wild West

[article]

success that Agile may bring to an organization.

Agile Shift
The Agile structure is typically not easily inserted into hierarchical company cultures. In making the shift toward Agile, important cultural adjustments must be considered. Included are some of the more important considerations (but not limited too):

Team Collaboration: Folks on a project team employing Agile need be dedicated to that project team. They will be working together all of the time. They cannot be multi-tasking between two or more projects. This promotes continuous collaboration that is a cornerstone to Agile methods for software development.

Team Location: In order to have collaboration, it is best that folks are working as closely together as possible. Many project teams employing Agile have dedicated and centralized work areas. Proximity promotes participation and collaboration.

Customer Participation:  Project teams employing Agile must have easy and continuous access to the customer or customer representatives. This means getting significant time commitments from the customer. This can be quite challenging. The whole point of employing Agile is so the customer can get a continuous view of the evolving solution so they can adjust quickly to clarifications and new business demands.

Terminology: Companies have their standard terminology for methodology, reporting, and hierarchy. Agile introduces new terminology, methodology, reporting, and team structure. This requires some adjustment.

Project Reporting: It is important to note that reporting is different from standard company reporting. Most traditional companies ask for a Gantt chart to assess a project's progress. Agile teams typically provide Burn-down charts.

About the author

Mario  Moreira's picture Mario Moreira

Mario Moreira is a columnist for the CM Journal, a writer for the Agile Journal, an author, an agile and CM expert for CA. He has worked in the CM field since 1986 and in the agile field since 1998. Mario has experience with numerous CM technologies and processes and has implemented CM on over 150 applications/products, which include establishing global SCM infrastructures. He is a certified ScrumMaster in the agile arena having implemented Scrum and XP practices. Mario is the author of Adapting Configuration Management for Agile Teams  and Software Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap. Also consider visiting Mario’s blog on CM for Agile and Agile adoption at http://cmforagile.blogspot.com/.

AgileConnection is one of the growing communities of the TechWell network.

Featuring fresh, insightful stories, TechWell.com is the place to go for what is happening in software development and delivery.  Join the conversation now!

Upcoming Events

Sep 22
Sep 24
Oct 12
Nov 09