Are you losing sleep over how to keep core business functions running smoothly while simultaneously driving digital transformation for your organization? What about the pressure to become adaptable and nimble in order to meet evolving market demands? If you answered Yes to either question, think Agile. No really. Think Agile.

Agile software development is quickly becoming a must-have methodology for companies under pressure to meet the demands of savvy users and effectively compete in their industries affected by cloud, smart mobile, social technologies, Internet of Things and big data. In fact, current increase of interest to Agile is being linked to the digital transformation trend for some of the very same reasons it was originally developed.

In the mid to late 1980’s, the move from mainframe computers to mini-computers, micro-computers, and finally Personal Computers along with the concomitant change to leaner operating systems and programming languages changed the entire approach to software development. While on a parallel course the internet’s evolution and constantly increasing demand for digital and mobile applications virtually begged for new methods and new software development practices as well. And while all of this was revolutionizing computing as it was known, a group of thought leaders in software development came together to smartly combine existing practices with the new approaches with the tacit acknowledgment that change would be the only constant.

The term “agile software development” was conceived by 17 software development leaders who met up in Snowbird, Utah in 2001. They subsequently created and published the Agile Manifesto which includes 4 values and 12 practices for applying Agile to software development. Agile has continued to evolve now by extending beyond software development, absorbing other industrial practices with its lean approach. It is not surprising that a methodology which incorporates many IT and manufacturing practices is changing and evolving together with them.

Scrum – a framework for Agile projects, was codified by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber in 1995. The IT industry is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Scrum, which is now considered the most applied framework for agile software development. More about Scrum: "Distributed Scrum: Agile Project Management with Outsourced Development Teams" by Jeff Sutherland, Nick Puntikov...

Companies today must also operate in an environment where they are able to respond quickly to changing market conditions and capitalize on new opportunities - through close collaboration with project stakeholders and the efficient delivery of working software. Agile was designed to support rapidly changing businesses and more importantly, businesses requiring rapid and frequent changes.

Over the years, executives and the team at First Line Software have accumulated a substantial amount of Agile experience that has become core to their operating philosophy. In fact, First Line Software was the first to be awarded with the Scrum Capability Medallion by Scrum, Inc., a company which was founded by the co-creator of Scrum, Jeff Sutherland.

Today, First Line has incorporated Agile methodologies with Intellectual Integration, to provide clients with an efficient way to analyze their current capabilities, identify the best way forward, and then execute – whether it’s a complete digital transformation or innovating with a new product or service. We have worked with clients in a number of industries to help them make significant advances in the products and services they offer customers and transform their operations into high-performing digital businesses. To learn more about how the use of Agile software development can be instrumental in meeting your business challenges, contact us today.

 

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