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In the early 1990s, PC computing began to rise in organizations, but software development faced a hurdle. At that time, people used to call this crisis the "application delivery lag" or "the application development crisis." At that time, organizations used to estimate three years between a validated business need and an actual application in production. But, business doesn't work like that. Even those days, businesses moved faster than three years' time span.
If you had to wait for three years to solve the problems your business faces, your business requirements, systems, and even the entire business can change in three years. Because of this time crisis, businesses used to cancel many projects halfway. And many projects failed to match the requirements and needs.
In several industries like aerospace and defense industries, the application delivery lag was more than three years. It would take around 20 years or more than that before a system went into use.
Before agile came, several industries like software, aerospace, manufacturing used to follow the waterfall approach. They would identify problems and work to create a plan that solves the problem. For example, the development team used to-
The waterfall approach was creating a lot of problems for both the developer and the customer. As it would take years to come up with a solution, the problem's nature would change. Eventually, when they used to launch the planned solution in the market, it would become outdated. These delays in product delivery led to the delivery of an unfinished product that no longer had any market fit.
In the early 2000s, Jon Kern and his group of 17 software developers started meeting in Oregon. They used to brainstorm the idea of speeding up development tomes to bring new software faster to the market. That led them identifying two ways to make this idea come alive-
Agile Alliance- a nonprofit organization that works to spread words about Agile. Its goal is to help teams adopt the Agile methodology by providing resources. Also, the organization work to improve the agile approach to meet changing needs.
After the birth of agile, throughout the 20s several software development teams contributed to the agile methodology. They introduced us with "role-feature-reason," "retrospective," "quick decisions and many more practices.
In 2003, the Agile Alliance organized its first conference in Utah. It was named Agile 20XX, and its goal was to expand the agile principles and provide a venue for people to flourish their ideas. The Agile Alliance has expanded its presence over the years. Even today, they organize agile events, support affiliate groups, and promote agile ideology in organizations.
As Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Netflix, popular companies are agile. Although they don't follow any standard agile vocabulary, their business success mostly depends on agility. As per Capterra , 71% of companies use agile approaches. Another study reported that companies that adopted agile software witness 60% growth in their revenues. Another study by McKinsey reported that 90% of senior executives prioritize becoming agile, while 10% are now highly agile.
These days we are seeing a hike in DevOps' idea (a continuous delivery loop in which new software can be introduced to the market at any time). DevOps' idea is to end the agile approach by delivering high-quality products to the customers as fast as possible. However, it's not easy to end the agile approach and embrace a new idea currently. Also, people seem to use DevOps and Agile simultaneously. So, it can be said, Agile is here to stay in the upcoming years and beyond.
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