Agile Easy vs Agile Hard

Many of our clients have transitioned to Agile but are disappointed with the bottom line gains for the company.  On closer inspection, we find widespread adoption of the easy part of agile and equally widespread avoidance of the rigorous software development practices that lead to rapid deployment of high quality software products.  At Sphere we make the hard stuff look easy while bringing measurable improvements in productivity and business value.

Agile Easy vs Agile Hard

  • Easy
  • Stand Up Meetings
    Short Iterations
    Retrospectives
    Pair Programming / Peer Reviews
    Barely Sufficient Requirements
    Less Documentation
    Less Process
    New furniture
    New Office Layout
    Calculating Velocity
    Not committing to delivery
    Feature Centric
  • Hard
  • Weekly demonstration of working code
    Continuous Integration
    Continuous Automated Test
    Continuous Velocity Improvement
    Automated System Test
    Automated Acceptance Test
    Automated MTTF Test
    Automated Deployment and Test
    Stop-the-line Quality Policy
    Product Focus
    Automated Code Quality Gauntlet
    Automated Code Quality Metrics
    Automated Architectural Enforcement
    Metrics Based Sprint Planning

While the things on the left make us feel Agile,

the things on the right make us productive.

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