Why do Agile projects in companies that recently adopted Agile often fail? In many cases, pre-existing bureaucratic and administrative processes for prioritization, approval for projects and funding impact Agile adoption. Additionally, companies often did not make the required organizational changes or invest in training, hiring, and preparing for the impact using Agile. New adopters frequently only adopt the parts of Agile they feel makes them “faster”, while they remove roles, practices, governance and quality assurance processes that Agile methods actually require. Some systems and processes still require extensive integration and testing prior to deployment to avoid severe financial impacts and customer facing issues.
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