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Nov 2016 - Industry Development and Models - Doc # US41902316

Agile or Waterfall? A Decision Framework

By: Susan MartinAdjunct Research Advisor


This IDC study, written for CIOs and VP- and director-level executives, discusses popular decision criteria for selecting a Waterfall approach or an Agile approach and provides advice on how to make the best-fit decision. It provides a four-step decision framework that empowers technology leaders to choose a strategy that maximizes efficiency and adaptability while reducing project risk.

This study is concerned with application development, enterprise infrastructure, and operating model transformation.

"Many IT organizations continue to apply outdated or unfounded selection criteria that lead to the wrong decision," says Susan Martin, adjunct research advisor with IDC's Research Network. "As a result, they experience increased project risk and inefficiencies and forfeit the opportunity to benefit from Agile's adaptability necessary for digital transformation."



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