BOULDER, Colo., July 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Amadeus Consulting (http://www.amadeusconsulting.com/), a custom software development firm, today announced the availability of its process tool, ID-GEM (http://www.amadeusconsulting.com/idgem), for Agile development projects. ID-GEM is a framework that enables organizations to align business value objectives early in the application development process, avoiding the "planning gap" that occurs when development teams jump straight into the "features and functions" phase of development. ID-GEM helps reduce software project failure rates by addressing the need for better front-end planning. Amadeus offers ID-GEM at no charge as a way to give back to the community.
For more than 20 years, Amadeus Consulting has constructed and deployed custom software solutions across a broad range of industries and markets. Today, businesses face increasing pressures to meet the high demands of consumers who expect quality applications at record-breaking speeds. To meet these demands, many organizations are turning away from Waterfall and looking to Agile development methods. But, Agile teams can be quick to jump into developing features and requirements in order to deploy faster without first aligning business values with the proposed final product. ID-GEM provides these teams a way to assess business value and close this planning gap.
Regardless of the development methods used, a project's business value needs to be determined before assigning sprint tasks. Rather than spending time on the front-end – planning out the entire project, Agile dev teams can use ID-GEM to work with business stakeholders to ensure the final output meets the business requirements before initiating the sprint process for developing features and functions.
"Due to the high failure rate of software development projects with the prolonged planning process of Waterfall, many Agile teams jump immediately into developing application specs," said Lisa Calkins, co-founder and CEO of Amadeus Consulting. "We used this methodology for our own clients and realized there was a big gap plaguing the industry, so we're making it available for others. In many scenarios, project management teams neglect to determine the desired business value of a project. No matter which development methodology you deploy, if the final product doesn't meet the business requirements, the project will fail, and for small- and mid-sized companies, fixing this mistake can be costly in both time and money."
ID-GEM is available now at no charge through a "Process-as-a-Service" model from a hosted web service. The service is initiated via a short questionnaire that matches ID-GEM process guidelines with organizational objectives, values and application-type characteristics. Once the questionnaire is completed, a customized PDF of the ID-GEM Framework is created and delivered to the end-user. ID-GEM then serves as a repeatable process for organizations to use in each and every software project planning process.
About Amadeus Consulting Amadeus Consulting (www.amadeusconsulting.com) is an award-winning software development firm specializing in custom-creating mobile, web, desktop, and enterprise applications. For over 20 years, it has helped a national roster of Fortune 500 enterprises and funded entrepreneurs transform business ideas into tangible software assets. Amadeus plans and builds applications with a focus on maximizing business value for the client, delivering projects with top-line value for both the short and long-term. Amadeus is an expert at building leading-edge software, including IoT, wearables and beacon technologies that help organizations gain a competitive advantage and win in the market. Through its blend of strategic consulting and software development services, Amadeus customers are expertly guided from concept to working software that is delivered on time and within budget.