July 17, 2012 | Written by: Ralph Jacobson
Categorized: Industry Insights
In the late 20th century, the Toyota Way was introduced as a philosophical and practical approach to manufacturing. It emphasized continuous improvement and a respect for people. Those principles have helped shape the agile development movement, in which software development shifts from waterfall to an emphasis on providing higher customer value combined with a greater ability to adapt to change and deliver software in iterative and incremental milestones with less waste.
Early adopters of agile processes were often small high-tech companies. But a second wave of adoption is now underway, with enterprise IT taking the lead. These businesses are turning to agile processes to cut development time, improve quality and strengthen their relationships with business stakeholders.