There are several ideas and innovations around us. They were created by accident not by design!
Can software projects mature by accident? Or can we let software projects mature by accident? When software projects mature by accident the end result is a negative impact on stakeholders. Accidents in software projects erode customer satisfaction and hence can impact the brand value of businesses. Can we make software project mature by design?
Watts Humphrey wrote, “Quality products are not produced by accident. While most software professionals claim to value quality, they take no specific steps to manage it. In every other technical field, professionals have learned that quality management is essential to get consistently high quality products on competitive schedules. They have also learned that quality management is impossible without quality measures and quality data. As long as software people try to improve quality without measuring and managing quality, they will make little or no progress.”
Distributed agile has gained popularity in our industry. However, we cannot afford to mature distributed agile projects by accident. We need to focus on continuous improvement so that projects mature by design. For more information on distributed agile and maturity of distributed agile projects, listen to this podcast produced by Tom Cagley.
Distributed Agile Podcast: http://www.spamcast.libsyn.com/webpage/s-pa-mcast-190-raja-bavani-distributed-agile
Distributed Agile: The Maturity Curve, article published in Agile Record