Five Reasons Why Agile Best Fits Today's Fast-Paced Organizations

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Teams change. Employees quit. New hires come on, and employees move between projects within an organization. Agile teams can handle changes to the team much more easily than non-agile teams. Pair programming, where developers work together at a single computer, is a key practice of many agile teams. Pairing quickly and effectively distributes knowledge and know-how across members. Agile teams also practice collective code ownership, where no single person has special rights to a particular part of the software. This means that losing a critical team member is much less of a risk for an agile project.

In today's fast-paced business environment, companies are constantly pressured to adapt to changing market conditions. Companies that produce software increasingly turn to agile development practices to help them stay competitive. Agile processes are highly collaborative, iterative and all focused on the rapid and repeatable delivery of software. Many practices, such as pair programming and regular retrospectives, may appear on their surface to slow teams down. However, the benefits to organizations of "going agile" far outweigh the costs. In this slideshow, Paul Infield-Harm, director of product development at Cyrus Innovation, explains why.


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