If you had some doubt about SCRUM and Agile development getting real in the software development world, here is an interesting chart showing the evolution of agile and SCRUM related job for the past 4 years. A picture is worth a thousand words and I guess this one clearly demonstrate a clear growing trend. We’re part of that trend as my software organization is transitioning to SCRUM. I’m taking my green pill everyday !
My current test organization has to deal with different development processes. This is what happen when you start building a software test organization on top of a company which has had a strong acquisition strategy for the past 10 years. It didn’t necessarily had to standardize the development process as the various products were not integrated together. Things get a bit problematic when you actually want to take advantage of this integration to build better solution. When you deal with origination, customer management, fraud, collection, decisioning, score card analysis etc. you definitely want to mix and match the features to offer sales and marketing the largest range of options to meet customer requirement and, of course, cross-sell.
3 years ago I had to deal with all kind of processes: The no-process strategy (my favorite .. sight), heavy waterfall (I’m still soaked by that one …), home grown iterative process etc. Scrum was definitely only discussed during a good Rugby game.