Today, it’s easier said than done. The agile method has long been discussed in the software development space, but how many companies have actually migrated to it?
Gradually enterprise development teams have not only recognized the benefits of agile, but have successfully shifted from their waterfall methodologies. Still, others have lagged behind sticking to their longer waterfall dev methods. Now the pace of technology is beginning to leave these companies with no choice. As Matt Asay in ReadWrite says, agile is no longer an alternative:
“Agile development is no longer an alternative way to develop software. With the pace of technology adoption accelerating at a frenetic pace, agile is increasingly the only way to develop software. That is, if you want to stay in business.“
The number of mobile, tablet and connected devices is growing rapidly. But beyond that, usage rates are higher than any other. Rita McGrath, in the Harvard Business Review, covered the adoption rates from today compared to adoption of older forms of technology:
“ It took 30 years for electricity and 25 years for telephones to reach 10% adoption but less than five years for tablet devices to achieve the 10% rate. It took an additional 39 years for telephones to reach 40% penetration and another 15 before they became ubiquitous. Smart phones, on the other hand, accomplished a 40% penetration rate in just 10 years, if we time the first smart phone’s introduction from the 2002 shipment of the first BlackBerry that could make phone calls and the first Palm-OS-powered Treo model.
It’s clear that in many arenas things are indeed speeding up, with more players and fewer barriers to entry.”