The term "blended Agile" can be used interchangeably with Hybrid Agile, and is used for scenarios where companies merge Agile with any traditional development model. However, once an Agile blend is adopted, the question inevitably arises: should you switch to pure Agile development, and if so, when?
Compared to traditional development methodologies Agile development enables software development teams to break with the traditional development steps and start using iterations. Traditional development methodologies (e.g. Waterfall) “force” software development teams to collect requirements months before the development begins, requiring full up-front design and the determination of what the minimal viable product will be. This leaves little or no flexibility for changes later. Agile development enables software development teams to gather high-level requirements quickly, and create the most fitting design based on that. But Agile also allows for changing requirements.
Introducing new practices into any organization's working culture is always difficult since working practices and processes must change. Both management and employees often resist change since they might not be familiar with the new techniques that require new ways of thinking. This cultural shift is often problematic, but the transition can be made easier by adopting handy tools. Agile tools such as ALM software help manage the entire Agile lifecycle, thus simplifying the adoption of an Agile approach. Agile tools therefore enable enterprises to implement Agile in a way that minimizes the disruption of work.
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Blended Agile: A Good Starting Point to Become Agile
That said, even the best Agile tools won't enable you to completely switch to Agile overnight. Implementing Agile processes, and letting your team(s) adapt takes considerable time. Many companies choose to take the first step towards Agile by implementing a blended or Hybrid model. This helps make the transition to "pure" Agile a bit less painful, allowing companies to improve processes and practices incrementally on the way to becoming fully Agile.
Benefits of Blended Agile Development:
- Enables you to "get a tastes of Agile", and to thus reduce the risks of implementing Agile
- Gives you time to learn and adapt
- Promotes customer satisfaction by offering faster delivery while maintaining upfront planning
- Enables teams to react to changing requirements quickly
- Helps teams to improve collaboration
- Helps increase product quality
Interested in a blended approach to Agile implementation? Check out our post titled When-Why-How to use the Hybrid model for more info on the incremental transition to Agile using the Agile-Waterfall Hybrid model. For more help on tooling, get in touch with us, or start your free trial of codeBeamer ALM right away.