Carphone Warehouse eases developer blues with Indigo

Mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse has adopted IndigoBlue's ADAPT agile software development methodology to speed up software and systems project delivery.

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Mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse has adopted IndigoBlue's ADAPT agile software development methodology to speed up software and systems project delivery.

The firm has completed two pilot projects: a six-week initial project, aimed at defining its processes and selecting the most suitable tools from the ADAPT framework, and a second project aimed at testing the methodology on a larger scale.

Carphone Warehouse is now looking at adopting the ADAPT framework across its technology driven projects and the software development and test department. James Barker, systems analyst manager at the mobile retailer, said: “There is still some work to be done over defining roles and responsibilities. But we hope to be using ADAPT methods a lot more in the future.”

The ADAPT framework allowed Carphone Warehouse’s project team to move rapidly from scoping the system requirements to development, delivering the most important business system functionality before the complete set of requirements had been analysed in detail.

This was a new way of working for the project team, Barker explained. “There's now a very clear understanding of business objectives across the whole team. We have increased co-ownership of projects and the approach is very good for gaining customer involvement.”

He added that IndigoBlue had been selected because it offered to offered “a coaching and mentoring role to help us realise our objectives” and develop skills in-house, rather than making the firm follow a set process.

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