The second instalment of our 2015 Agile predictions comes from Simon Powers, Agile / Architecture - Transformation Coach. Simon's predictions include the growth of Agile consultancy in 2015, and even greater infiltration of Lean practices.
- We will continue to see smaller and smaller feedback cycles and tools to support this, especially around web based programs.
- I predict a move towards experiment based planning which continues the progression from traditional requirements, through stories, to experiments.
- The popularity of Kanban will continue to rise and maybe will out strip Scrum, although this may not happen in 2015.
- There will be a significant development in architecture, both in the process and the types of systems being implemented.
- I believe we might see a few more frameworks appear for scaling agile as I think the industry is still weak in this area. We have SAFe, DAD, Less and Kanban, but I expect to see more that are tailored to specific industries or to address specific problems.
- I think Lean and the Lean start up will also continue to grow in popularity
- We may start to see a shift from unit test based TDD to more BDD acceptance testing as the norm.
- I expect consultancy to grow significantly, as large scale agile adoption becomes more prevalent; experts will be needed more and more. We have seen previously that lack of expertise can seriously stall a transformation and even give Agile a bad name, so consultants and training will continue to grow, in my humble opinion.