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Agility, velocity, collaboration and quality—the keys of an agile enterprise

Brian McQuillan ‎01-23-2014 08:08 AM - edited ‎09-21-2015 02:21 PM

When you think of an agile enterprise, what are the traits that come to mind? Hopefully velocity, collaboration and quality are at the top of your list.


These are the hallmarks of the agile enterprise, and they are what most application development organisations strive to accomplish in their desire to produce modern applications for their users and customers.


Enterprises are focused on ensuring that the applications they deliver are more mobile and flexible and are able to work across your phone, tablet, laptop—or even all three.  Developers need to make sure they have a user experience that offers meaningful engagement and is reactive to user and customer needs. To achieve this development teams (as well as management) have to step back and really look at the processes they employ as they develop and deliver new software.


It is critical to make sure you don’t lose sight of visibility as things change in your environment— which can often be a casualty in the race to be more agile and get things done more quickly.


Getting a clear view into your projects

There was a recent survey that showed for every dollar spent on agile projects (that management knew about), another five was spent on work that was unknown.


When you think about that loss of visibility, you’ll quickly see how much impact new work can have on an organisation’s project portfolio.


This places a roadblock on the path to a truly agile organization.  Without management visibility into the day-to-day activities, you may think that the specific resources you thought you had, may not be there. You may have planned for these assets to perform a specific project or be used to co-ordinate across the multiple projects and programs you are invested in, and scale your agile practices across the organisation.


With the need to go at a faster cadence, the lack of visibility can derail your attempts to achieve the four goals of software development for the New Style of IT; namely agility, velocity, collaboration and quality.


What does it take to achieve mastery of the agile discipline?

Recently we worked with the analyst group Forrester to produce a White Paper based on research carried out with a number of organizations using agile techniques. This study showed varying degrees of success amongst the participants with some doing well – but others are excelling at agile adoption. It also goes into what behaviours and best practice techniques led to that success. I think it is well worth a read.


Another asset available to you on our website is the Application Lifecycle Management eBook. This handy toolkit, shows how with the use of software designed for the agile enterprise, can help you deliver quality reliable applications to your users and customers.


I also encourage you to watch our hangout where we describe these assets further.



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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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