As traditional approaches to software development prove increasingly ineffective in our fast-paced world, forward-thinking organisations of all sizes are utilising the Agile methodology for a competitive edge.

 

According to Kareem Tawansi, CEO of Solentive Technology Group, “If you’re not utilising Agile, you run the risk of becoming irrelevant.”

Addressing the common gap between what is demanded of software development teams and what is delivered, Agile software development allows unforeseen challenges to be managed early when a project is not working effectively.

In contrast, by using the traditional Waterfall methodology, specifications are defined early in the project and following months of development, the end user often has different requirements by the time the product is delivered.

In the experience of Tawansi, Agile works far better than anything else. He says clients do not always know exactly what they want until they get there. Even then, once the software is presented to them, they don’t necessarily know what they think of it until they see some version of it.

“On top of that,” he explains, “business reality changes constantly, so at the time of planning a project, the business reality might be one thing but by the time you actually release the software, the reality might be something completely different.”

Agile empowers developers to deliver a result that meets real end-user needs, and is fast becoming the methodology of choice as business leaders realise the benefits. Not only suited to small and medium businesses with the ability to respond quickly to change, IT teams in large organisations such as ANZ, Fairfax and British Airways have taken to Agile software development in a big way.

Tawansi believes the responsive nature of Agile methodology fosters innovation, giving organisations a market edge.

“By having that flexibility,” he says, “development teams can stumble upon something brand new, which in this day and age is everything because the world moves so quickly.”

Whilst some organisations remain unconvinced that Agile works best, citing unlimited timeframes and costs as a serious drawback, advocates are confident Agile can save time, money and resources under the right leadership.

For organisations striving for constant innovation and intuitive end-user solutions, Agile is the way of the future. With comprehensive reporting, high visibility and consistent measurement of ROI, Agile methodology can transform the success of businesses of all sizes.

Additional Links

A. Mari, CIO interview: Mike Croucher, head of IT architecture and delivery, British Airways, April 2013 – (Computer Weekly)

B. Winterford, Fairfax Digital targets daily release cycles, February 2014 – (IT News)