Agile development only goes so far in enterprise

Summary:Enterprise developers are talking on wikis and collaboration tools, but IT still isn't connecting to end user requirements well.

Enterprises have adopted agile development techniques---stand up meetings, incremental changes and rapid rollouts---but corporate IT still has trouble delivering workers what they want.

That conclusion was the key takeaway in a Serena Software survey. Serena surveyed 1,000 IT workers---architects, engineers, project managers and executives---and found:

  • Enterprise developers think their core development processes are generally strong;
  • Customers aren't getting what they want and meeting requirements is hard;
  • Agile development gives IT orgs more software but not necessarily better applications.

Serena said:

These findings are consistent across all industries that were surveyed. Nailing what customers really want and actually getting it into their hands without many bugs are the things that IT organizations need to focus on going forward.

In a nutshell, the developers are talking on wikis and collaboration tools, but IT still isn't connecting to the end user well.

Here's a look at the benchmark survey results, which were based on a 1 to 4 scale.

Topics: CXO

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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