The agile approach evolved from proven practices that proved effective in organizing teams and the work that they do. Agile software development processes can be scaled to for large organizations, distributed teams, and other complex situations. Before you proceed in adopting agile practices, get oriented through these sources.
Organizations around the world in every sector of the economy are adopting agile approaches on development projects and, in some cases, across their entire technology departments. These articles help you learn why it works, how to persuade your colleagues to try it, and what it takes to adopt agile processes incrementally.
The Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) process framework is a people-first, learning-oriented hybrid agile approach to IT solution delivery. It has a risk-value lifecycle, is goal-driven, is scalable, and is enterprise-aware. DAD is the formulation of many strategies and practices from both mainstream agile methods and other sources. The Agile Scaling Model (ASM) provides the contextual framework to tailor agile approaches, such as Scrum. Together, they provide the solid foundation required to scale your agile approaches.
Agile techniques are being applied successfully in the embedded software development and systems engineering domains, although in a different manner than in the IT domain.
IBM offers many great tools which support agile solution delivery, particularly Jazz-based tools, such as Rational Team Concert collaborative change and configuration management software.
Read: How mainframe software development teams benefit from using Rational Team Concert for System z(by Chris Trobridge, Product Line Manager for Rational Team Concert for System z, IBM; developerWorks, 2009)
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