Complex software projects with significant uncertainty are best delivered using agile methodologies. However, many organisations continue to use the waterfall-style delivery process, driven by traditional fixed-price contracts. Why?
The waterfall approach focuses on detailed requirement gathering and documentation. It tries to anticipate everything the software will need to do months or years from now. Let’s be honest—you can rarely get the requirements 100% right. Businesses change and evolve after the requirement spec is developed. This is why waterfall is rarely successful for complex software projects.
On the contrary, Agile allows feedback from stakeholders and customers at the time a feature is being built, to make sure it meets the actual need. All successful software projects are built using this approach. But there’s a perception that agile means open-ended budgets and time frames, so it is understandable that organisations are cautious about it.
With this in mind, here at Intranel, we’ve developed a Hybrid Agile approach that we’ve been successfully using to manage complex projects. This approach gives clients the speed and flexibility of agile, while allowing them to stay within managed budgets and time frames.
Want to discuss how your next project can benefit from a hybrid agile approach? Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.