Strong IT performance provides a competitive advantage. Firms or agencies with high-performing IT organizations were twice as likely to exceed their budget goals or profitability, mission, market share, and productivity goals.

In order to deliver solutions in a more timely manner to their stakeholders, many organization employ Agile methods such as Scrum as an alternative to predictive methods such as Waterfall. An agile approach defines the business goals and success criteria in smaller increments, delivers continuous subsets of high-value features and puts them in the hands of users as fast as possible.

Agility as Competitive Advantage

The pace of change is accelerating. Constituent and Customer expectations, competitive shifts and regulatory changes are disrupting global markets and the way you do business or service your customers. In this fast-paced application economy, software is at the heart of every business, driving every industry.

Agile methods achieve superior results compared to less effective traditional methods:

better cost
better schedule
better productivity
better Quality
better satisfaction
better ROI

Gone are the days when you could build an application or product and then go years without changing much. To survive the disruptive outside forces lurking around practically every corner, you need to stay on top of your game and a step ahead of competitors. Your peers at other companies are likely facing similar challenges, yet you see them leading the industry by consistently sensing market opportunities and delivering innovative new products. How do they do it?

Creating agility of this order means consciously rearchitecting your business operating system into one that is designed for speed, steering and opportunity. This new design delivers results—cutting costs and time to market in half, while increasing application quality and customer satisfaction.

Waterfall Model

Waterfall Model

Agile

Agile Methodology

Right Conditions for Agile

Condition Favorable Unfavorable
Market Environment Customer preferences and solution options change frequently. Market conditions are stable and predictable.
Customer Involvement Close collaboration and rapid feedback are feasible. Customers know better what they want as the process progresses. Requirements are clear at the outset and will remain stable. Customers are unavailable for constant collaboration.
Innovation Type Problems are complex, solutions are unknown, and the scope isn’t clearly defined. Product specifications may change. Creative breakthroughs and time to market are important. Cross-functional collaboration is vital. Similar work has been done before, and innovators believe the solutions are clear. Detailed specifications and work plans can be forecast with confidence and should be adhered to. Problems can be solved sequentially in functional silos.
Modularity of Work Incremental developments have value, and customers can use them. Work can be broken into parts and conducted in rapid, iterative cycles.Late changes are manageable. Customers cannot start testing parts of the product until everything is complete. Late changes are expensive or impossible.
Impact of Interim Mistakes They provide valuable learning. They may be catastrophic.