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Water-Scrum-Fall Is The Reality Of Agile For Most Organizations Today

Manage The Water-Scrum And Scrum-Fall Boundaries To Increase Agility

July 26, 2011

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Authors

  • By Dave West
  • with Mike Gilpin,
  • Tom Grant, Ph.D.,
  • Alissa Anderson

Why Read This Report

Organizations are adopting Agile through a combination of bottom-up adoption and top-down change. But the reality of Agile adoption has diverged from the original ideas described in the Agile Manifesto, with many adoptions resembling what Forrester labels water-Scrum-fall. This model is not necessarily bad, but if application development professionals do not carefully consider and make the right decisions about where the lines fall between water-Scrum and Scrum-fall, they are unlikely to realize Agile's benefits.

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Table of Contents

  • Agile Is Popular But Not Pure
  • Water-Scrum-Fall Is The Reality
  • RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Understand The Limitations Of Water-Scrum-Fall, And Push The Boundaries
  • WHAT IT MEANS

  • Making Explicit Decisions Is Crucial For Agility
  • Supplemental Material
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