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

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While software development is an essential endeavor for most businesses, it is rarely the most important project. Product development companies can more easily fulfill the expectations agile outlines for them, however, most other businesses need time and resources to focus on their core functions, and are unable to commit the kind of resources that are required to make agile a success.

Agile-ish processes offer clients a way to be involved without the pressure of having to drive the process forward full time. Agile-ish can work with weekly calls over daily calls. And, as in agile, instead of managing the backlog and business priorities, the client is reviewing the decisions that their PM/scrum master makes for them, which are openly shared across teams.

“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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