Scaling Agile Requires Automation

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I am continuing my series of promoting automated Agile tools as a true productivity enhancer for software development companies.

Forrester Research has recently released their latest Forrester Wave Trend report on Agile Development Management Tools, Q2 2010
The research is basically a commercial tool comparison, but has many interesting thoughts in general on Agile software development. Based on their research, Agile is becoming a norm in the industry. However, their interviews with the professionals reveal that scaling Agility is a common issue — and that scaling Agile practices requires implementing tools.
Many Agile practices require automation. To be effective, a sound automation foundation that supports automated test integration, code comparison, and integrated build management must be in place.
Then by aggregating and showing information of these key project artifacts across the project on a dashboard, the team can understand the project’s true status by one glance.
How to implement scalable Agile development: implement change-aware continuous integration (CI), that by integrating, building, and testing source code changes early and often reduce rework and
integration issues. Of course creating such environment requires also scalable infrastructure, which can be commissioned from cloud.
This research truly highlights the benefits our service brings to our customers. We have at Bitbar implemented a truly scalable, open source based Continuous Integration environment in cloud, which offers everything customers need to achieve next level of developer productivity without any investments.
Contact me on marko.kaasila(at)bitbar.com for further details.

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