“Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential”

Winston Churchill

Agile methodology is not only an effective model of software development that describes day-to-day interactions and activities of your team. It is a set of values and principles that gives an opportunity to the company to coordinate a software project with a less risk of failure and to work on it more efficient.

The Agile became the method of choice in the IT projects through the last decades. Dr Winston Royce was one of the first who indicate that software should not be guided like an automobile on an assembly line, where each phase of the project is completed before the next step can begin. Basically, it grew out of the real-life project experiences of leading software professionals that had faced the limitations and challenges of traditional waterfall development.

A study in the United Kingdom shows that waterfall style management was the “single largest contributing factor for failure, being cited in 82% of the projects as the number one problem.” Another research of over 400 waterfall projects points that only 10% of developed code was deployed and only 20% was actually used. That is why a lot of software companies implementing agile principles instead of waterfall liability.

“Agile is more a “direction,” than an “end.” Transforming to Agile culture means the business knows the direction they want to go on.”

Pearl Zhu, Digital Agility

These days most of successful companies are agile, or lean, or both. According to VersionOne 2016  State of Agile Report, 95% of all companies now practice agile innovation methods. The answer is easy. As it is mentioned in the Forbes’ Tweet Agile teams just work better.

So what gives the main adventure to this methodology?  Find out more in the 8volution next post!

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