A Blended Agile Methodology Combines Agile with an Alternative

June 25, 2014

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The term Blended Agile can be used interchangeably with Hybrid Agile and is used for scenarios where companies merge Agile with a non Agile, traditional development model. However, once an Agile blend is adopted, the question always remains as to when or if they should to go further and switch to pure Agile alone.

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 “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, leaving little or no flexibility for changes later. Agile development enables software development teams to gather high-level requirements quickly, create the most necessary design but also allows for changing requirements later.

To introduce new practices into company working culture is always difficult since working practices and processes must change. Both management and employees often resist change, since they are not familiar with the new techniques that requires new ways of thinking, acting and managing. Agile tools such as ALM Software can greatly assist companies to adopt an Agile approach, both simplifying and unifying but also standardizing uptake by employees through training. Agile tools therefore enable enterprise to implement Agile in a way that minimizes work disruption.

Blended Agile: A Good Starting Point to Become Agile

Companies can’t switch to a new approach and become Agile within 24 hours. The implementation of the Agile approach takes time although Agile tools can accelerate uptake considerably. Blended or Hybrid models of Agile are often the first step for many companies to transition to “Pure” Agile and allows companies to improve processes and practices incrementally.

Benefits of Blended Agile Development:

  • Enables to test “Being Agile” and reduces the risks of implementing Agile 100%
  • Provide companies with time to learn and adapt to the Agile approach
  • Provides customers with earlier delivery and results
  • Enables teams to react to changing requirements quickly
  • Helps teams to improve collaboration
  • Increases customers’ satisfaction
  • Increases products quality

Lessons, Demos and Daily Stand-ups (Scrum Meeting) can accelerate the implementation process and help employees to adapt to the new way of thinking and acting. Common vocabulary, using an incremental life cycle of 2- 4 weeks or just testing on one project (pilot project) how Agile development work is also a great start for your team.

See how Agile Practices are implemented in the embedded industry and how codeBeamer ALM software solution can assist your team to blend Agile with other development methods.


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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 132 posts for Intland Software.

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