The Agile adoption process has a lifecycle of its own. Agile hit the headlines after the publication of its manifesto in 2001. Experts in the media widely discussed the subject, and soon after, Agile had attracted the interests of the leading organizations all over the world. Agile promised to slash the cost and time taken to develop products and at the same time deliver better yields for all stakeholders.
Today, the adoption of Agile is picking up worldwide, and more and more companies are embracing Agile methodologies in the development efforts. Amidst all the hype, one may wonder whether media buzzwords such enterprise agility, DevOps, and Agile really trickle down to ubiquitous practical adoption. Well, to figure that out, you have to establish the current adoption numbers and what to expect in the near future.
What to Expect
In this article, we will be looking at what to expect vis-à-vis Agile adoption trends to expect in the next few years, starting with 2018. 2018 will be the year of an advanced roadmap and strong trends, especially for Agile practices. Among the key Agile trends to be witnessed next year include:
Merging of DevOps and Enterprise Agile Lifecycle Management Software
The benefits of merging DevOps and enterprise Agile lifecycle management are countless, and the trend is expected to continue in 2018. Some corporations have already merged their enterprise agile lifecycle management software and DevOps in 2017, and they have seen the benefits. Other organizations that were watching closely are expected to do the same in 2018. Having faux silos with completely separate tooling has proven to impede the management of end to end value streams and the entire process of enterprise agility in general.
A Shift from Traditional Metrics
In 2018, the performance of Agile and by extension, DevOps will shift from being measured in traditional metrics towards measuring the efficiency of the way business value is delivered to customers. There will be the demand for new insights and metrics to streamline the flow of value through DevOps and Agile methods. This trend is driven by the increasing consciousness of organizations towards their end to end value streams.
The Unification of DevOps, Agile Development, and Strategic Planning Development
Large corporations will be seeking to truly unify DevOps deployment, Agile development, and strategic planning. All this is in a bid to merge the people, processes, and applications and expedite enterprise agility. When a holistic end to end value streams and enterprise agility become the goal, enterprise software leaders must focus on unifying these three pillars of agility to succeed.
Agile to DevOps
Enterprises in the software development industry will shift their focus to from attaining agility to DevOps. Note that none of these concepts will be going away completely anytime soon, but in the coming years, enterprises will move to doing DevOps from the typical tunnel vision scaling Agile approach.
Agile development, as well as its offspring, DevOps, will revolutionize software development. However, the world is changing fast, and over time, these two ideals are bound to change too. The initial objective of faster, cheaper, and efficient delivery of products remains.