Managing Agile at Scale

A briefing for Software Executives and Chief Information Officers

A joint COSMIC, IFPUG and Nesma paper

Agile methods have undoubtedly brought major benefits to business of faster delivery of software that better meets evolving customer needs. However, the freedom given by Agile processes to individual teams to manage their own affairs has made it more difficult for senior management to set budgets and allocate resources optimally, and to track progress against budgets.
Controlling value-for-money and understanding performance in contracts with external suppliers of Agile services is particularly difficult and increases with the scale of the organization.
In this paper we offer simple but effective and long-established international standard solutions to enable Software Executives and CIO’s to manage Agile delivery at scale, without risk of losing the speed and flexibility benefits of Agile processes.

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