IBA's Agile Increases Software Development

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IBA releases new information about how Agile Scrum Adds New Depth and Efficiency Compared to the Waterfall Methodology.

IBA's Agile Scrum development represents a fundamental shift from the traditional “Waterfall.” The inherent flaw of Waterfall is the assumption we know everything up front, and that there will be little to no changes during the project. On the other hand, Scrum incorporates short, fixed length repeating cycles, welcoming change and adaptability.

Traditional waterfall follows a set of linear steps/gates which usually hinder a team’s ability to learn and improve as they go. As waterfall is usually a long time from start to Production Release/customer acceptance, there is usually a lot of overhead for review/approval gates with the customer to discuss progress made-to-date. Also, as changes and improvements are not easily incorporated, the product suffers, and usually achieves a lower ROI and usability rating by the customer.

Scrum developments are small repeating cycles which can include Production deployments, or the ability to “Rack and Sack” deployments into larger releases. While the work/deliverables can be planned out in advance, the “Magic” happens when the customer(s) and Scrum Teams identify and deliver the work as close to the actual Scrum cycle as possible.

In its inherent effort to eliminate waste and achieve balance, Scrum seeks a higher level of customer and team member involvement, and a change in the way IT team members plan for and perform their work. In Agile, while there are various SDLC deliverables, its main measure of success is the on-going release of Production Deployments. Scrum teams, both technical and customers, benefit from the ability to do, see, learn and improve as they go. The product also benefits from Scrum by achieving a higher ROI and usability rating by the customer.

About the Author:
Hunter McCluer is the Agile Business Unit Director for IBA, and is both PMI and Scrum Alliance Certified with over 27 years of proven success guiding teams that develop and deliver complex client solutions. His industry experience includes Defense Health, State and Federal Government, Health Care, Finance and Mortgage Banking, Cellular and Digital Wireless, Education, and Television, Internet and Mobile Advertising. Mr. McCluer is a senior Agile Scrum Master/Scrum Coach.

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