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Agile and the “Fosbury Flop” – Setting a New Standard

Brian McQuillan ‎07-23-2014 11:12 AM - edited ‎07-23-2014 11:15 AM

Oftentimes, to change the way we get things done, we have to change the approach and way we look at things. Take the “Fosbury Flop” for instance. In the past, high jumpers always jumped head first with the “straddle” approach. That was the way it was done for decades until Richard Fosbury challenged the old ways and jumped back first to win the 1968 Olympics and set a new Olympic record. By changing and refining his technique, he forever changed the sport as we know it.


Agile, much like the “Fosbury Flop”, changed the way we think about and develop software. In the past, software development was always done the “traditional” way, in a waterfall pattern and assembly line-like process. But, developers and teams started to realize; although they might have built the software the way it was asked for, it wasn’t relevant anymore with business needs and realities changing quickly and drastically. A new way of thinking and development was needed, and from that need, agile was born.


Since the agile manifesto was published back in 2001, Agile has continued to grow in adoption within enterprises. It has allowed developers and teams to have better control and transparency throughout the development lifecycle and change the direction of the project whenever necessary. It has also allowed teams to predict costs, schedules and results earlier and faster, which has resulted in greatly reduced development costs and delivery time to market. With Agile, teams are more empowered to re-plan releases in order to optimize its value throughout development, and thus deliver the most competitive release possible into the marketplace.


Agile has changed the way we look at software development and how we get it done. So, how do you plan to ‘flop’ your way into being more agile in your enterprise?


Share your plan of attack with me below in the comments section and for those of you that haven’t heard, the HP team will be tweeting live at Agile 2014 at @HPSoftwareALM! Also be sure to check come visit us at booth #303 to see all of our agile offerings in person.

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Brian McQuillan

Brian is a Product Marketing Manager for Application Development Management Solutions with and previously for Project and Application Portfolio Management, with extensive experience in presales and implementation roles.

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