“How to Improve Productivity with Agile Methodologies” (CIO.com Article Recap)

Many in the industry are searching for new ways to increase productivity and efficiency with Agile approaches to software development.  That’s the theme of a new article on CIO.com by Bruce Harpham, who details the many benefits of Agile methodologies in software development and examines key considerations for implementing the practice. Our very own Scott Rose spoke with Bruce on the topic and discussed the ways organizations can employ Agile practices among a global team, where face-to-face is not feasible.

While Bruce notes that face-to-face interaction is a key element to increased productivity within agile, it’s not always possible with the way global teams are set up. Therefore, it’s important to develop schedules for a global team in order to appease those working in different time zones and keep the culture positive. As Scott says, “Success with agile methodology is 5 percent due to the tools used and 95 percent due to the culture.”

Another important consideration in implementing agile methodologies is an organization’s willingness to adopt new approaches. This includes taking customer feedback into consideration, as those suggestions help enterprises to deliver the results expected of them. Collecting and managing this feedback in a methodical manner is key to this tactic. Scott states, “By delivering new features and enhancements in sprints, we can keep momentum and be responsive to customers.”

Be sure to read the entire CIO.com article here for more considerations on improving productivity with agile.

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Flint Brenton

Flint has extensive experience leading innovative software companies and has an exceptional track record of accelerating growth through product innovation and sales execution. Most recently, he served as president and CEO of AccelOps, a provider of a leading IT operations analytics platform for cloud and virtualized infrastructures. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of Tidal Software, a leading application automation software solution provider, which later was acquired by Cisco. After the Cisco acquisition, Mr. Brenton served in various follow-on capacities, including Vice President of Advanced Services and as Senior Vice President of Engineering for Cisco’s cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) software offerings. At both AccelOps and Tidal Software, Mr. Brenton more than tripled sales under his tenure while focusing both companies on disruptive product introductions.

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