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The rate of technology change is exponential. The IT organizations have now the big opportunity of using the new technologies for providing the Business with innovative tools combining at the same time Design with User Experience and Creativity.
How is it possible to manage and govern the complexity of this context from a project point of view? Which software development methodology can leverage this scenario?
The implementation of concepts such as
Agile together with an appropriate design approach can be a valuable enabler for new opportunities if it extends not only to the pure software development, addressed by approaches such as Scrum, but also to the management of methodologies, infrastructures and tools.
“Agile Tailoring” can enable the customer to find the best solution for combining the needs of innovation and the complexity of the changes in the market with the software architecture and framework. To fully grasp the opportunities of new technologies, it is therefore necessary to apply new paradigms also at the government level and overall vision, goal-based model, which combines the potential of the Agile with the demands and complexity of IT organizations.
During last years, Reply made lot of projects across Europe using the Agile methodology. This experience, in different markets and contexts (project size, kind of applications, level of integration, technologies and platform) enabled Reply to define some guidelines and a tailored approach for managing an Agile project avoiding to misuse the Agile liturgies. In addition to the correct application of the Agile principles and related technicalities, some main topics are handled by the
Reply tailored approach.
Under which conditions do the Agile approach maximize its benefits? Agile is not a panacea; its application maximizes the benefits under conditions commonly found in software innovation as market environment, close collaboration with the customer, innovation, creativity and multidisciplinary competences.
How an Agile team should be composed and what are the skills? Reply is able to define the best combination of resources and skills according to some guidelines gained in the field.
Are the Tools and the Automation useful? Reply’s methodology leverages the use of the tools and automations for supporting the Agile work not only for the development activity, but also for the governance tasks.
According to which contract frameworks is it possible to define offers / contracts for Agile projects? Reply developed its own
"asset" for the contract framework which address New Offering Models, Liability, Estimation Methods, Scope Change management, Role and Names, Early termination and main principles and methodology to be put in place.
Under which conditions is the Agile approach the best choice? Reply is able to define the feasibility and evaluate the risks in order to choose the better methodology to apply in the different contexts and tailor the solution according to the different situations choosing the better approach (pure Agile, pilot, chunks, scrumfall) or a combination of different approaches. This is possible thanks to the ability of Reply of combining the methodological and organizational competences with the vision of the best architectural and functional solution for the customer.
Through continuous performance monitoring, evaluation and optimization, Reply can react immediately to the changing paradigms of customer behavior and reshape strategies to defend the competitive advantage.