Harvard Business Review – 3/22/18
[Ed. Note: Byline by Surya Panditi, SVP and GM, Agile Management, CA Technologies]
Agile practices have a vital part to play in the rapid delivery and continuous maintenance of software-driven products and services.
When software is ubiquitous, agile needs to be likewise. It’s no use having technology that’s responsive to the business if the business can’t respond to technology and the demands coming from its customers.
A recent global survey of almost 1,300 IT and business leaders found companies are keenly aware of the importance of agile. Around three-quarters of executives in the survey, sponsored by CA Technologies, said that it can play a crucial role in delivering the right products and services, accelerating decision-making and speed to market, while also improving the customer experience and staying ahead of the competition.
Most companies report that while there is some use of agile practices throughout the organization, implementation is not broad or deep. However, the report found one group, the Agility Masters, who have been able to leverage agile throughout their company, reporting 60 percent higher revenue and profit growth than the rest of the organizations surveyed.