George Westerman published an article in the Wall Street Journal this week with a title of “IT is from Venus, Non-IT is from Mars”. This article describes the typical communication gap between IT and the rest of the organization.
Done right Agile can help to bridge this gap by making the process of software development more transparent and responsive to IT’s customer. Unfortunately there is tendency to adopt agile without engaging the rest of the company. The result is that the project looks like a typical waterfall project with the “coding” phase replaced by a set of SCRUM iterations. This is often called WaterSCRUMFall. While projects set up in this way can succeed, they cannot take advantage of the high levels of communication and feedback that make agile so effective.
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