Since the inception of the Agile manifesto in 2001, there has been a steady increase in Agile adoption, reaching its peak in 2015. It continues to be the methodology of choice for large enterprises and for government software development projects. In fact, the Department of Defense (DOD), requires that iterative development be used for their projects because of Agile’s many benefits. Moreover, other federal agencies such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are currently undergoing their Agile transformation and also require software development projects be conducted using the Agile methodology. These transformations are occurring in both the public and private spaces to support the government and industries’ digital transformations strategies to improve service delivery.
The Agile market outlook has a direct correlation to the Information Technologies (IT) industry which is slated to grow by 4.1 percent in 2017, globally, and if this growth materializes, it would push past the $3.5 trillion dollar mark by year’s end. The United States economic projections for IT is directly linked to the global expectation because the US has the largest IT market. The largest segment of this market is software development and IT services which make up 33 percent. As these segments grow in the IT industry, so shall the need for the Agile methodology as it has proven to be most effective at developing valuable software in the shortest amount of time at the lowest cost and it can also be performed at scale for large enterprise digital transformations.