There are a variety of challenges that an organization will face when it decides to transition from a waterfall approach to software development to an agile approach instead. To ensure a successful transition, it is important to establish a solid plan for this developmental change.
1. Understand the main differences between both the waterfall and agile approaches
2. Identify the areas which will reap the most benefit from an agile approach
3. Pinpoint and eliminate the fundamental waterfall practices that can compromise the transitional project
4. Align waterfall’s 5 process groups to Agile’s 5 levels of continuous planning
5. Identify the inherent challenges of transitioning to an Agile environment
6. Develop a tailored methodology for your organization’s software development
Change on any level is not easy, as it generally implies leaving an established comfort zone where the benefits and disadvantages are well known. However, with adequate planning along with a good understanding of the core principles of Agile’s methodology, your team will be well-poised to make that necessary transition. Equally important is the continued dialogue and communication that goes along with any organizational change. Keeping the lines of communication open and flowing will certainly make the implementation smoother and allow the team to refine its methodology during the transition process.