Agile tools: Adapt or perish
December 1, 2010 —
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In large, complex organizations, it is common to have disparate teams and technology, so best-of-breed tools are the way to go, according to Usman Muzaffar, VP of product management at Electric Cloud. The trick is getting the full benefit of the tools. For homogeneous projects, he said a tool suite is preferable; however, the platform should be a platform for unification as opposed to a platform for standardization.
Agile adoption is expected to grow within and among organizations, as it has become a competitive differentiator in some industries. In regulated industries, some teams are becoming partially agile to the extent they can, given their constraints. Either way, agile is anticipated to grow upward from single teams to multiple teams to entire enterprises, and outward to more roles, including business functions.
Olsen anticipates changes in requirements planning, while Szalvay said there might be some redesign around empirical project management. BigVisible’s Morein said the most modular and adaptive tools will likely become the most successful.
In the meantime, solution providers advise their peers to stop approaching agile as purists, since few organizations are purely agile. After all, tools should adapt to organizations, not the other way around.