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Executive Brief: 3 Agile Pitfalls and How to Overcome Them (As Seen On The Enterprisers Project)

Many teams struggle to reap the full value of Agile development. Consider these tips to maximize the benefits.
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Agile development allows organizations to respond rapidly to changing competitive forces, address developing customer needs, and drive strategic changes. Agile’s benefits are sometimes at the expense of control and visibility into development, particularly predictability of delivery and costs, forecasting, and quality. These pitfalls can negatively impact the full value of Agile. Where the business once asked, ‘Why does IT take so long to do everything?’ they might say, ‘Why has development become unpredictable and difficult to budget and forecast?’

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A summary of three pitfalls that can affect the value of Agile:

  1. Lack of visibility: Many organizations improve visibility by defining consistent reporting frameworks (dashboards) across development teams.
  2. Poor predictability: To address this challenge, development organizations can turn to automated source code analysis tools. 
  3. Challenging cost management: Structured approaches to measurement of productivity, efficiency, and cost must be introduced (that don’t impact the core value of Agile).

“Addressing story points will help teams extract more value from Agile development.”

Daniel Saroff, VP Consulting, IDC

Daniel is a senior practitioner in both the end-user consulting practice and the CIO/End-User Research Practice at IDC. He supports boards, business leaders, and technology executives in their efforts to architect, benchmark, and optimize their organization's information technology. He also provides guidance to business and technology executives on how to leverage technology to achieve innovative and disruptive business outcomes.