Outsource Magazine Issue 25 - (Page 74)

RigoRously Agile Agility, tight governance and rigorous requirements management – a winning combination... Joerg Stimmer Dr Joerg Stimmer is Founder and Managing Director of pliXos GmbH, providing integrated tools and solutions for the industrialisation of globally distributed IT outsourcing projects. He is VP of the German chapter of the European Outsourcing Association and a columnist for Outsource online. A 74 ● ● ● gile methodologies are currently a major trend in software development projects and already are discussed for other types of services as well. Being a supporter of the values and benefits of agility in general, I am convinced that a clever combination of agile approaches with some key disciplines from the classical approach to software engineering provides the best possible results in large-scale outsourcing. Although already available to the market for more than ten years, Agile methodologies have just recently gained a wide visibility and in some cases are already over-hyped. They were developed in order to overcome the massive overheads which occurred in the classical engineering-like approach to software development at the time and were built on values such as: Individuals and interactions count higher than strict processes Working software is more important than comprehensive documentation Customer and team collaboration weighs over contract negotiation Responding to change is more important than following a plan Agile methodologies, undoubtedly, can provide significant benefits such as providing high flexibility concerning changes during a project or ensuring team-building and facilitating a close collaboration among all participants. There are many Agile methods in use today such as Extreme Programming, Feature Driven Development, and Scrum amongst others. Scrum is by far the most prominent of these methodologies. Having been involved in several large- “Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos.” – Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel www.outsourcemagazine.co.uk http://www.outsourcemagazine.co.uk

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Outsource Magazine Issue 25

News & Commentary
Making Contact
Taking the Chair
Clinical Outsourcing Strategies
New Worlds
To Share Or Not To Share?
Trends in Outsourcing Governance
The Next Big Idea
Smart Intelligence
Taking the ChairCracking the Wip
NOA Round-Up
Predicting Success
It’s Not The Contract.
Get Productive
Rigorously Agile
Good Relations
Knowledge Sustainability
Racking Up The Wins
Trust Me... I’m an Outsourcer
Top Ten
The Legal view
HfS Round-Up
Online Round-Up
Inside Source
The Last Word

Outsource Magazine Issue 25