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December 2011 Volume 11

CIOs giving business a competitive edge with Agile practices

The enterprise C-suite is relying more and more on IT to gain a competitive edge. Agile practices in particular are enabling the business to deliver not only faster time to market, but also faster time to business value. More on Agile project management Agile project management, from Agile to waterfall Agile best practices can combine waterfall and Scrum Agile project management approaches for on-time and on-budget delivery Consider British Airways PLC (BA), which recently launched an iPad application for its cabin service directors to give them up-to-the-minute information on the preferences of executive club members. The application went from idea to production in 90 days using Agile practices. Early demos of the application were given to the service directors, and their feedback played a key role in the ultimate design. These directors in turn gave direct feedback to BA's business leadership team, who in turn "reinforced the positive view of the project and IT delivery," Mike Croucher, head of IT architecture and delivery at ...

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