Service providers are accelerating the application development lifecycle by integrating agile methodologies such as scrum, Kanban and extreme programming as well as best practices in their offerings for inculcating an agile mindset in their workforce. They are working on different vectors to introduce elements of agility in their services for enterprises. Some of them include the adoption of frameworks, partnerships with tool vendors, and proximity to customers by setting up co-located teams (with scrum masters and agile coaches) that are equipped with facilities to enable agile development. Organization change management is an area where providers are focusing their efforts as large-scale cross geography deployments bring in challenges. The best practices for agile to meet enterprises’ need for scale will be the future focus area.
Agile development is mainly focused on the frameworks and principles of agile, a collaborative way of working in uncertain circumstances. In the software development domain, it showcases an incremental and iterative approach to application development with the ability to adapt and respond to change as the key tenets. Because agile encompasses frequent, short development cycles and early releases of the software product, enterprises view it as a means to attain enterprise agility. It includes frameworks such as scrum, extreme programing, feature-driven development (FDD) and the dynamic systems development method (DSDM).
This quadrant assesses the capabilities of a provider to deliver tangible results through various agile methodologies such as scrum, Kanban, Crystal and extreme programming. It also looks to examine the focus towards the use of agile development with respect to the provider’s overall application development practice.
HCL is a leading IT services provider headquartered in India. Its agile practice covers services for organization design, workforce transformation, product leadership, lean strategy and development, organization change management and agile delivery transformation. As per the report, HCL’s strengths include its FENIX model, network of U.S.-based delivery centers, acquisition-led growth, and a focused approach for agile through initiatives such as coach villages.
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