In agile development, the length of an iteration tends to be somewhere between two and four weeks. But this doesn’t mean that software is delivered to customers every iteration – quite the contrary – software release cycles vary all over the map. Deliveries of new versions of software are often months or even years apart. And it turns out that this matters; organizations with release cycles of six months or longer are quite different from organizations with daily or weekly releases. Their processes are different, their governance approaches are different, even their business models are different. This talk will examine the way in which the pace of software delivery influences – and is influenced by – the development process, the business model, and the governance system.
Mary considered retirement 1998, but instead found herself managing a government software project where she first encountered the word “waterfall.” When Mary compared her experience in successful software and product development to the prevailing opi
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