Agile application development methodologies are being rapidly embraced by enterprises, according to a new Forrester Research study. Forty-five percent of the nearly 1,300 surveyed developers and information technology professionals say they use agile techniques, with analyst Dave West noting that development teams "are puzzling out the mix of methodologies and combining them to fit within their organizational realities, blending agile and non-agile techniques and practices to create a hybrid methodology that fits larger organizations."
Still, 34 percent of the survey respondents say that they continue to use either an iterative or waterfall development process as their chief software delivery methodology. Ten percent of the respondents say they use the Scrum method of agile development, with West attributing the technique's simplicity, practicality, and popularity to its adoption by many agile practitioners. Twenty-one percent of developers say they employ iterative methods, while 30.6 percent say that they do not use a formal process methodology.
West says that organizations transitioning to agile development need a tool strategy in addition to a support plan, flexible adoption models, and a focus on team empowerment.
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