HML unveils IT delivery paper
Financial outsourcer HML has released its second white papers outlining trends in software development.
In the document, titled Agile IT: A Value Driven Approach to IT Delivery, HML sets out its “agile approach to IT development” which encourages developers to build in flexibility to adapt to change as it materialises and where “results are delivered in regular iterations and the focus is on solving a problem, rather than a traditional ‘waterfall’ method where the end goal is creating a pre-defined product.”
It added that some of the benefits delivered for its clients through its software development include: increased throughput, software releases now monthly rather than quarterly; reduced time to deliver value, project timeframes down by approximately 66 per cent; greater flexibility and responsiveness to changing needs; and improved stakeholder and client satisfaction.
Kim Brien, HML’s IT director, said: “We’ve seen real benefits through our adoption of agile that we want to share with other businesses. Such has been the success of the programme that visitors began calling it ‘Agile IT’ as if it was HML’s invention.”
Mr Brien added: “Although we’ve just applied recognised agile methodologies to our situation, the name has stuck and I think we have developed a unique way of working in an industry that has typically used waterfall methods in the past. It has been a cultural change in HML. Anyone else looking to deliver more value for their customers in software or product development by turning existing processes on their head could learn something from this white paper.”