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Agile Adoption At 35%?

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Klocwork has revealed that a new report by technology and market research company Forrester Research indicates that Agile processes have overtaken Waterfall as the development methodology of choice.

Forrester ran a survey of IT professionals in the third quarter of 2009, and 35% of respondents said that Agile most closely reflected their development processes. Waterfall project management, on the other hand, came out at 13%. Waterfall project management is software development seen as a sequential process, flowing downwards through the phases of Conception, Initiation, Analysis, Design/Validation, Construction, Testing and maintenance. Meanwhile, Agile is based on iterative development, and places an emphasis on collaboration between self-organising, cross-functional teams.

The Klocwork blog theorises that this percentage of Agile adoption could be even higher, if we take into consideration organisations which aren’t completely Agile, but have sub-divisions that follow Agile practices.

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