Chapter 11. An Agile Maturity Model

A New Maturity Model

Based on the theory presented in Section 1 and the analysis presented later in Section 2, Agile methods are founded in techniques that have been used successfully in other industries. This suggests that the software development industry requires a new model for organizational maturity. The existing SEI Software Capability Maturity Model is failing the industry because it is based on the wrong model for project management and conformance to quality. It also lacks the extra dimension introduced by Agile methods—the human element—because it has an unacceptably high barrier to entry and, most importantly, because it introduces requirements on organizations that do not point in the direction ...

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