The Benefits of Adopting an 'Agile-ish (Scrum)' Philosophy

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“Clients want pure agile development and want a fixed budget, and don’t understand why what they’re asking for is a paradox,” says Devanshi Garg, COO at Icreon Tech.

Agile-ish development enables a more defined scope as well as an opportunity for the project manager (PM)/scrum master to become familiar with the business requirements. A tighter specification upfront provides greater flexibility to draw technical roadmaps and phase out features, enabling a guideline for development teams to work toward meeting assigned budgets and timelines.

“The goal is to give clients what they want, not just what they signed off on” says Sandeep Sawhney, CTO at Icreon.

What is Agile-ish (Scrum?)

The risks of waterfall development methodologies are widely discussed and documented: prolonged development schedules, team burn out, client communication lapses and compromised QA, amongst others. And agile has since become popular as the preferred alternative approach for software delivery across projects.

While, with some projects, agile is the only way to organize, there is no one-size-fits-all software development practice. As an increasing number of businesses request their projects be managed in an agile methodology, it is important that they realize the commitments involved and seriously consider “agile-ish” as an option.

Agile-ish = Agile with a Twist

So what is agile-ish? Agile-ish is a flavor of agile scrum development with a pre-development phase that involves an intensive specification process that outlines user stories and sets the backlog so the scope is defined and can be better priced out upfront. In agile-ish, the development phase itself is approached using the collaborative, iterative and evolving imperative of agile scrum processes.

This slideshow features five benefits organizations can achieve by adopting an agile-ish philosophy, as identified by Icreon.

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