Blogger Ann All wrote about a recent survey by Forrester Research in which 46 percent of IT pros said agile software development was used at their companies.
She describes it this way:
Unlike the traditional waterfall software-development process, agile emphasizes speedier and more iterative delivery of code, with the ability to make needed changes along the way.
In a separate post, she notes Mozilla is using a hybrid model that incorporates elements of both agile and waterfall approaches for its flagship Firefox Web browser:
The goal is to more quickly introduce new features -- aided by agile's emphasis on iterative releases -- while maintaining backward compatibility, security and overall code quality.
You can find out more about agile development in IT Business Edge's Knowledge Network, where you'll find an excerpt from the book "Agile Project Management" and a description of the modified agile system used by IT Business Edge parent NarrowCast Group.