Changing methodologies and adopting new practices is hard enough as an individual. As an enterprise, breaking the mold and embracing new practices like Agile is an even bigger challenge since it requires changes to the core of the organization’s structure. And if that’s not enough, Agile practices can often seem counter-intuitive, building even greater resistance to the change.
However, the Agile methodology plays a vital role in many businesses today, helping to improve performance and achieve goals. As per a survey conducted by CollabNet VersionOne in 2018, here are the top 5 reasons that companies chose to adopt Agile.
- To accelerate software delivery
In the typical waterfall methodology of software development, very long delivery cycles are the norm, with the end product tending to lose alignment with the actual requirement. As a result, a lot of time is wasted, and many features developed end up going unused. Agile on the other hand presents a way to dramatically reduce the release loop with two-week sprints, enabling faster delivery of enhancements.
- To manage changing priorities effectively
The traditional methodology of software development involves doing all the planning at the start of the process and taking a phased approach to delivery. This approach is ineffective when unexpected changes in requirements come into the picture. Through Agile, it is possible to meet adjustments in scope head on, effectively delivering on dynamic and complex requirements in multiple short sprint cycles.
- To increase productivity
The traditional development methodology is heavily process-oriented, with significant inefficiency built in. Worse, delivering an end product that does not fully meet user requirements is highly wasteful. The Agile methodology uses the Scrum approach which has been built on a minimal process footprint for high efficiency. Agile also helps to deliver software that is closely aligned to user requirements, making the whole process work towards building a product that delivers value.
- To improve business/IT alignment
Before the advent of the Agile methodology, communication between the IT team and the business teams was not streamlined, making effective sharing of requirements, developed features and demos difficult. Through Agile, on the other hand, with fortnightly Sprint Reviews, alignment between the business and IT is seamless, making communication effective on these important issues, and more importantly, building closer ties between these important teams in the organization.
- To enhance software quality
In a traditional phased approach, the release scope and sequence are fixed. As a result, quality of the delivered product becomes the one factor that can be compromised on. However, with an Agile approach, the primary focus is on product quality, while scope and sequence are variable, clearly making Agile the better approach when quality is the most important consideration. Some companies that deploy Scrums report as much as 30% fewer defects in code, while also achieving as much as 50% reduction in development cost.
With tangible benefits in overall efficiency, quality and organizational cohesiveness, Agile is an approach you simply cannot ignore today. Speak to us at CloudNow today to learn more.