Forrester says “Agile Development is rapidly becoming the Norm.” As per their survey report on Agile Development Management Tools, Q2 2010, 35% of the organizations surveyed described Agile as their primary development tool. Another 16% uses iterative development. But make sure you look down the list. There are a ton of other Agile methodologies that exist under the Agile framework.
- Agile Modeling
- Feature-driven development (FDD)
- Test-driven development (TDD)
- eXtreme Programming (XP)
- Lean development
- Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF)
- Agile data method
- Adaptive Software Development
- Six Sigma
- Behavior-driven development (BDD)
Have you taken a good look at some of these? I’m currently re-reading Crystal Clear: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams by Cockburn. This book is a solid read. I would highly recommend.
If your team is doing Scrum or another methodology, understand that there are a lot of others out there. We recently wrote about Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) as a little gem to look into. Make 2011 a year when you reach out beyond what you know about Agile and learn just a little bit more and grow your craft. There is still so much still to learn! Be kaizen about it!
Mature Agile adoption? Hmm…
See the whole Forrester Wave survey below:
Agile Development Management Tools Forrester Q2 2010