Agile development explained

Agile software development has been around since the 1990s, but didn’t get the name until the famous meeting of 17 renowned software development thought leaders at Snowbird, Utah resulted in an Agile Manifesto.

The idea behind Agile software development is to reduce time to market by enabling faster iterations of smaller segments of software. Before Agile, organizations would take 12-18 months to write a monolithic application and struggle with ensuring changes weren’t breaking other parts of the application. By reducing the scope of a work project, errors could be caught earlier, before deployment, and remediated more quickly.

Prior to the manifesto being written, Dr. Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber were working on Scrum, while Kent Beck was using Extreme Programming, which calls for pairs of developers to work together in pair programming. There also are other techniques for doing Agile development, such as “mob” programming and test-driven development.

 

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Separating fake Agile from real Agile

Somewhere along the Agile transformation companies hit roadblocks, start cutting corners, and they start just going through the motions. What they end up with is a fake Agile approach. They say they are going Agile, but they are not. “They are sort of like flamenco dancers who wear flamenco costumes and talk about flamenco but … continue reading

Value Stream Management comes to Agile

A fundamental tenet of scaling Agile is linking the team-level activities with the business strategy, and the way to do that is through value stream management or mapping (VSM), according to Flint Brenton, CEO of the enterprise Agile solution provider CollabNet VersionOne. VSM takes fragmented tools and processes and puts them in one place so … continue reading

Don’t do Agile, be Agile

Despite what you may have heard, Agile is not dead. A couple years ago, Dave Thomas, one of the creators of the Agile manifesto, declared that Agile was dead, but it wasn’t the idea of Agile he was talking about. It was the word Agile itself.   “The word ‘agile’ has been subverted to the point … continue reading

Agile costing and capitalization – How to work with finance to scale Agile

“Today every company is a technology company, no matter what product or service it provides.” And to rapidly produce competitive products and services that customers love, your technology company is likely using Agile and scaling your Agile teams for faster product or software delivery. While it’s clear to many technology executives and development leaders that … continue reading

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Is gamification a motivator or a hindrance to Agile teams?

Gamification as a concept in software development is nothing new. Developers have long been using it as a means of increasing user engagement in their applications. Gamification in apps traditionally involves implementing some game-like elements, such as leveling up, getting achievements, or competing on a leaderboard, that will encourage a user to stay in an … continue reading

Agile integration bridges the gap between legacy and modern systems

While the industry is moving to more modern software development approaches in order to become more agile and stay competitive, there is still one piece to the puzzle that is missing: The valuable digital assets that are contained in the systems built before the modern approaches.  As organizations move towards microservices, cloud native and greenfield … continue reading

Report: BSIMM10 shows new wave of engineering-led software security in DevOps

The security aspect of DevOps is evolving as new data found a new wave of engineering-led software security efforts originating bottom-up in the development and operations teams rather than top-down from a centralized software security group (SSG).  Software security initiatives (SSIs) have identified a number of individuals (often developers, testers, and architects) who are invested … continue reading

Digital transformation: One release at a time

As digital technologies dramatically reshape every industry, businesses have to adapt quickly and cost efficiently in response to the rapid changes in the marketplace. This need for business agility has dramatically increased the volume of change for IT.  Adopting Agile methodologies and continuous integration is the first logical step in satisfying the “need for speed.” … continue reading

CollabNet VersionOne positioned to create DevOps initiatives for large enterprises

Following its recent investment from TPG Capital, CollabNet VersionOne plans on using its new $500 million to expand partnerships and creating comprehensive solutions that drive AI and value stream management (VSM) throughout enterprises.  VSM solutions allow companies to capture, create, deliver and measure the flow of business value throughout their application development life cycles, a … continue reading

TPG Capital acquires CollabNet VersionOne to drive value stream management plans

Private equity platform TPG Capital signed a definitive agreement to acquire CollabNet VersionOne, moving forward with its broader strategy to build a “leading, integrated, enterprise-focused DevOps platform company.” The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to a statement, TPG Capital and CollabNet will work to aggressively pursue acquisitions in strategic adjacencies that complement … continue reading

Is low-code/no-code conducive to CI/CD?

Organizations are maturing from Agile to DevOps and CI/CD with the goal of releasing higher quality software faster. However, the need for speed has not necessarily been reflected in a shift from hand-coding to low-code development. RELATED CONTENT: Legacy assets gain new life with low-code integrations “DevOps has always been focused on this hand-coding mentality,” said … continue reading

The Most Important Tool in DevOps: Value Stream Mapping

“We want to change the conversation about tooling in DevOps. Everyone is ‘doing’ DevOps, but only a handful are getting the value they expected. Why? They’re using the wrong tools or applying tools in the wrong ways. The solution is to apply the right tools at the right times, and for the right reasons,” said … continue reading

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