SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

January 07, 2010 12:25 ET

Agile Improves Software Development Outsourcing Outcomes

Latest Research From Aberdeen Confirms the Business Benefits

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - January 7, 2010) - Proper tools and execution are required to apply the agile methodology successfully across a distributed team. Aberdeen's new research, "Software Product Engineering Outsourcing: The Value of Agile in a Distributed Environment," reveals that budget forecast accuracy, time-to-market, and end-user satisfaction improve even when teams are collaborating across geographic divides, time zones, and cultural barriers.

The report released by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), found that top performing companies experienced a 17% average reduction in development cost, a 10% average reduction in time-to-market, and an 18% increase in end-user satisfaction as a result of outsourcing their software engineering projects.

"Agile development methodologies and remote presence technologies meet the challenges of keeping software engineering outsourcing on budget and within a pre-determined schedule while still resulting in a product that is relevant to the dynamic and rapidly changing requirements of user groups," said Russ Klein, Vice President and Group Director at Aberdeen. "With more frequent interaction comes the opportunity to build trust, expose critical issues earlier in the process, make mid-course corrections in the project plan, and tune the velocity of the team."

Aberdeen's research also highlights the importance of collaboration between key personnel on any agile project and the criticality of executive-level endorsement of agile philosophies and practices. Additionally, it details the ability to measure, manage, and validate critical measures of performance such as project velocity and individual team member contribution.

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