Many organizations find that IT solution based projects frequently don’t deliver the anticipated business value and often run into a variety of difficulties. Moreover, project teams and senior management have a different approach for project execution. Project teams, often concentrate more on tactical aspects and tend to focus on methodology that will help them get features delivered to customer efficiently and with better quality. Senior management, on the other hand, lay emphasis on the strategic aspects such as project budgeting and payment milestones.
On the one hand, Agile methods provide a strong basis for dealing with the challenges of change, risk and complexity in real-world projects than traditional plan-driven methods but on the other, they fail to deliver enterprise level projects that require more structure and formality than standard Agile practices. Scrum, which is the core execution methodology of RAPID, by itself does not cover delivery governance aspects of execution. This makes it inefficient to deal with real world challenges.
Robust Agile Practices Integrated Delivery (RAPID) is a standardized project delivery framework delivering the agility and flexibility that organizations demand today. RAPID enables effective Agile project delivery covering the execution and governance aspects of project delivery, eliminates fixed price engagements and strengthens the standard Agile methods. The framework adds a phased lifecycle, formal project and risk management techniques to support robust governance.
CX (a combination of TDD, CI, CT & CD) covers the supporting engineering practices that automate code integration, testing and code delivery in order to improve productivity. Test Driven Development is a development practice that relies on repetition of short development cycle.
Project begins during inception phase, followed by iterative construction and transition activities, culminating in the production phase at the end.
As a framework, RAPID does not have a specific preference for an execution methodology. It can be tailored to support a number of options from waterfall to various flavors of Agile. Following guidelines indicate how you can choose right execution methodology based on your organizational needs.
|Budget Allocation||Ongoing/ Upfront||Upfront||Upfront|
|Project Planning and Requirement Gathering||Ongoing||Upfront||Upfront|
|Adaptability to Changing Requirements||High||Low||Low|
|Deployments||Ongoing||Ongoing||Towards the end|
|Feedback Cycle Frequency||High||High||Low|
|In Process Visibility||High||Low||Low|
|Customer Involvement||Provide direction throughout||Provide direction at the beginning, review at intervals||Provide direction at the beginning, review at the end|
RAPID Execution Framework Layer provides solutions to specific problems by leveraging underlying DAD and Scrum frameworks.
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