The Agile 2010 conference provided plenty of opportunities for agile enthusiasts to learn and share both what worked well and what problems they encountered in the world of agile software development. In a panel session titled “Agile Trends and Future Directions,” industry experts were asked what the top things that could be done to ensure agile success.
- Make it part of your organization. Many are unprepared. Prepare for change.
- Make it an end-to-end process. Look at the whole, not just development.
- Continuous integration, continuous testing, continuous delivery.
- Make it part of the culture.
- Strong collaboration with business, end users and operations – build strong relationships.
- Don’t impose it on people, but drive by self-motivation.
One of the panelists, Forrester Researcher analyst David West, met up with me for lunch later to discuss more about trends he was seeing in the agile ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) arena.
I also met with Elizabeth Woodward, who Elizabeth Woodward spoke with me further about the book she co-authored, A Practical Guide to Distrubed Scrum. Woodward and others stess the importance of communication and relationships amongst team members.