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For decades, the traditional software development life cycle made sense. This ‘plan and predict’ waterfall approach to project management is a way for businesses to create and execute plans that control the time, cost and quality of a project into predictable outcomes. However, despite strict controls put in place to ensure predictable results, things rarely go according to plan. In this article, GreySpark Partners discusses the signs that your organisation may be ready to embark upon its Agile journey.

The pace of technological advancement is ever increasing, and firms struggle to keep all their systems at the cutting edge. Application development is complex and the average turnaround time between receipt of validated requirements and delivery using the traditional project management approach can often be measured in years, during which time, business needs may change, and project objectives become obsolete. A well-known example, in the field of aerospace, is the US Space Shuttle programme which, when the Shuttle was launched in 1982, was still using technology from the 1960s.

While many organisations have attempted to reduce the turnaround time by setting smaller objectives or delivering projects in phases, the complexity of those projects means that significant lag often remained. Demand grew for an approach that was timelier and more responsive to evolving situations. Businesses had to be nimbler and more flexible, and, in order to remain competitive, needed a faster time to market and to take a more customer-centric approach to problem solving. Necessity being the mother of invention, this led to the development of Agile Transformation.

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