Trends Report

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

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

July 26th, 2011
DW
Dave West
With contributors:
Mike Gilpin , Tom Grant, Ph.D.

Summary

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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