Several people asked me tonight to find and post a study by CAST I saw a few weeks ago that suggested, among other things, that hybrid agile/waterfall teams produce a better overall product.
While I'm not speaking for the study's validity I've found it an interesting viewpoint to consider.
Below is the content of the email I received.
Facts are finally starting to help answer whether these and other industry myths are in fact true.
In the 2014 CAST Report on Application Software Health (CRASH), the analysis of 1300 application developed by over 200 organizations has generated fact-based insight into the affect of Agile methods, outsourcing and offshoring.
If you are interested in understand why:
An application's architectural integrity affects how secure it isApplications with more end users tend to be of better qualityADM process maturity (CMM Level) affects overall code qualityHybrid Agile/Waterfall produces better output than pure Agile methodsIn-house and outsource teams deliver same code qualityOffshoring impacts an applications robustness and changeability
You now have access to the Executive Summary for - free.
The report includes insight into the state of technical debt, programming languages, sourcing and development methodology trends and their impact on the quality of your business-critical applications.
DOWNLOAD THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY NOW! ( http://www.castsoftware.com/news-events/event/crash-report-2014-executive-summary