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Why agile development is a vital weapon in the CIO’s arsenal

Many CIOs are wary of agile, but as Nick Heath writes in this TechRepublic article, agile can also be the tipping point between business as usual and having a strategic advantage over competition. Using the example of UK based charity Welcome Trust, Heath explains how agile not only increases project completion, but lowers cost: By taking the agile approach to IT project delivery the Wellcome Trust, the UK-based charity that aims to improve human and animal health, was able to deliver 69 IT projects last year – ranging from upgrading 1,000 desktops to Office 2010 in four months to implementing electronic payslips. Since the trust’s IT department began the shift to agile methodology in 2009, the department has delivered projects that have helped realise £1.9m-worth of cost savings. While this all seems very positive, it’s important to also keep in mind the additional challenges: a fundamental relationship change between IT and the business, and avoiding the trap of getting stuck in design and creation. If the organization is able to implement agile correctly, it can make projects responsive to change and build the value of IT to the business.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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