MBSPS Case Write-Up 2 | Case: Pearson’s SuccessMaker | Group-9 | Aritra Chakravarti Prabit Kumar Mishra Abhishek Kumar Sharma Monika Solanki | PGP28282PGP28296PGP28309PGP28317 | | Submitted to: Prof. Amit Agrahari | 7/9/2013 | |
1. What challenges does Adams-Woodford face as he develops his five year road map?
When Adams-Wood joined Pearson, the key strategy for digital learning software development was the Waterfall model where Pearson team only does the detailed documentation of the product development and core development was contracted to the external agencies. Adams-Wood implemented the agile development methodology which involved focus on short development iterations and communication over documentation
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The model brings about a degree of rigidity as there is an inherent need for a phase to end before the next stage starts. The model mandates that the requirements are frozen well in advance and are not subject to changes. Because of this, the model doesn’t provide flexibility when it comes to adjusting to a dynamic market. To work around this problem, an iterative waterfall model is usually followed. Another major drawback in the model is that work in subsequent stages are affected due to efficiency of previous stages. Also, there is possibility of changes as people find it difficult to visualize the product in the long run; if there is any change to the business requirements, then it results in a lot of wasted effort. B. Agile Development Model: The agile development is more dynamic and adaptive to the various stimuli of the business environment. It is based on prioritization of customer requirements by the feature owner. The features prioritized for a sprint cycle are discussed during scrum meetings, presided over by scrum masters, who play the role of facilitators of discussions between multiple teams. The agile methodology banks on frequent upgrades and stepwise delivery of features; thereby providing a higher degree of net value add to the customer. So the agile process is more advantageous to the customer than the traditional waterfall model. C. Kanban: The base idea of this model is to