Agile-Waterfall Hybrid: Cure for Failing Software Development?

December 16, 2014

Agile-Waterfall-Hybrid-Cure-for-Software-Development-336x336 Agile-Waterfall Hybrid: Cure for Failing Software Development? agile Can Agile Development, the method that enables teams of various disciplines to develop software simultaneously, and continuously revise all aspects of development, be harmful for your business? Can the Agile-Waterfall Hybrid method help you repair damage done by Agile?

Agile, the software development method that enables teams to break down their development into iterations to present a potentially shippable product at the end of each iteration is often seen as a cure for failing software development projects. This article argues that while this may be true for some, others may benefit more from a hybrid approach.

Consider, that by injecting some Agile processes into a failing Waterfall software development project does not make it a Agile solution but rather a Agile – Waterfall Hybrid solution.

Agile: Magnificent or harmful for your business?

Is it possible that Agile or specifically switching to Agile, while offering so many benefits for your team, can also be harming your business? Experts often say that Agile can have a negative impact on your business by changing the way your team thinks about developing software. Once Agile is introduced to your company, your team will probably find it very difficult to go back to the “old” ways and will resist any change back.

While the Agile software development approach does enable your teams of various disciplines to develop software at the same time, revise all aspects of development continually, and can significantly reduce the development costs and time to market, it is not necessarily the best choice for everyone.

The Benefits of an Agile-Waterfall Hybrid Software Development Approach

Agile and Waterfall are two methods with different fundamentals; however, they are complementary for the development of complex, n-tier architecture applications. We often see that companies develop hardware by Waterfall/V-model and software by Agile approach. The combination of the features of Agile and Waterfall methods enables companies to increase the efficiency of their product development.

The Agile-Waterfall Hybrid often comes with the following benefits:

  • Freedom of development: using an Agile-Waterfall Hybrid enables your team to use the method they prefer. Software teams can work “Agile”, while hardware development teams and product managers can use the traditional PMP/Waterfall approach.
  • Easier adaptation to changes and focus on continuous delivery: the Agile-Waterfall Hybrid method improves collaboration and therefore enables teams to define requirements and adapt to changing requests more easily.
  • The hybrid model is best suited for the reuse of software code when dealing with a series of similar products, and future products must also be considered.

See how codeBeamer, the most complete single-repository ALM software solution can support the development of embedded software for your product components with the Waterfall/V-model, while other components of the same product with Agile.

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Eva is an Economist (MSc) and also holds an MBA in Marketing Communications. She has over 10 years of experience in journalism, digital media communication and project management working with several multinational companies and governmental institutions. You will find her blogs posts on a variety of subjects from Agile-Waterfall Hybrid, Scrum to DevOps.

Eva Johnson has written 131 posts for Intland Software.

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