Benefits of Agile Methodologies over Traditional Models

By CIOReview | Monday, August 22, 2016
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As new techniques are aiding the development and implementation of models that positively impact enterprise architecture, agile methodologies are enabling firms to embrace and alter their view on changes in their organizational structure.  Many organizations initially relied on formal techniques such as lightweight developmental method, which by many experts is viewed as pure alternative to traditional development methodologies. However, all these methods fall under the umbrella of agile approaches. According to Gartner reports, becoming agile is now a top priority for many organizations but one single methodology doesn’t define becoming agile. With traditional approaches, project teams are mislead as they work under the assumption that any technology is suitable for their organization without realizing the chaos that typically results. By acting on this belief, systems will not integrate well and conflict with one another, causing further failure. As a result, high level of costs will follow as analogous products from different vendors purchased and then operated within production.

In an agile paradigm, teams in an organization will have enough chances for development, design, and the process that can be re-done throughout their workcycle. Agile methodologies have time and again proved to be the most effective methods chosen for Enterprise Architecture (EA) as it helps in determining how organizations can most successfully achieve their both current and future objectives. Through agile development methodologies, organizations can look forward towards building and bringing out the right software or a product that doesn’t has any glitches. This helps them in re-planning their product release that further optimizes its value throughout the development which in-turn allows them to be competitive in the marketplace. However the result of inspectional approach reduces both development costs and time to market.

Benefits of Adopting Agile Methodology

Agile methods can help teams manage their work more efficiently while delivering the highest quality product despite budget limitations. There are four major benefits of Adopting Agile Methodology:

  • Technology Standardization and Cost Reduction
  • Improvement Process
  • Iterative Development
  • Transparency

Each of the above four has its own stakeholder group and justification approach. The most tactical approach is a cost-savings approach, and often brings significant ROI. Within the larger stratagem of cost savings, sub strategies center on technology standardization, efficiencies, and the potential for the departure of aging and high-cost systems and platforms. The lowering of complexity and technical risk are benefits of the overall approach.

The key stakeholders are often business owners of an enterprise who justify business process development which seems to be an important area. These architectural efforts are created with response for new business drivers, significant industry upheaval, and most important changes for key players in the market. Sensing new ways for business thinking, new competitive strategies and new customer segments, enterprises bet on agile architecture.

Also Agile methodologies require lucidity, making projects less cumbersome from a communication point of view. This requires software development companies to clearly communicate functionality costs and development times. Through this approach, clients can be involved all through the lifecycle of a project, right from prioritizing features to iteration planning and frequent software builds that contain new features that shows organizations creativity. However, to achieve organizational creativity, standardization process is very important as it can bring efficiencies within enterprises. Here maturity assessments and Magic Quadrants criteria provide project flexibility to some extent while still encouraging an overall level of standardization which questions the cost control aspect that provides sufficient flexibility.

Lastly is the iterative development that helps in timely delivery of working software that contributes to project visibility, fosters continuous improvement and enables early realization of business benefits. Here the main focus is upon the business risk as well as the technical risks involved.

Conclusion

Agile practices are not easy to work with but those who understand the real benefits of the approach will succeed. The Agile Methodologies are quite different from each other, in approach as well as goals. All this filters down to both good and bad news for organizations. Firstly it’s a bad news, as it increases difficulty in choosing one single EA methodology for many organizations, as it tends to have very little in common. Whereas the good news is that it can be seen as complementing each other. Merging these methodologies together in a way that works well within an organizations constraint is the best choice for many organizations. No matter which route organizations choose, they always have to remember that enterprise architecture is a path, and not a destination. There’s no value for enterprise architecture unless it delivers real business value quickly and efficiently. There’s no EA methodology that can bridge this divide unless there is a genuine commitment to change from organizations side, as it must come from the uppermost level of an organization. Methodologies are many and when organizations become accustomed to agile methodologies, they will be in a position to plan, device and tune their own methodologies which is best suited for their teams and projects.