Legacy System Migration in an Agile Manner

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Abstract
Legacy system migrations are one of the largest and most common software development projects organizations undertake. These projects are often considered to be too big or too unwieldy (or too critical) to use agile development methods. But many key agile practices can be even more important in migration projects.


What this is

This paper discusses several factors a team facing a legacy system migration needs to consider; and how proper application of agile methods and techniques can help them reduce risk and increase their chance of success. The author points out key considerations that most legacy system migration projects face, and suggests some ways to address those problems. Project preparation, the project team, release and iteration planning, and engineering practices are all addressed.


Why it's useful

When it comes down it, legacy system migration is just another software development project, but one that happens to have an additional source of information, requirements, and constraints that other projects don¬ít—an existing system. By applying some of the suggestions in this paper you can make both current and future system replacement more successful.


About the Author
Kent J. McDonald has more than a decade of experience guiding successful projects and designing business solutions in a variety of industries, including financial services, health insurance, performance marketing, human services, non-profit, and automotive. His background includes delivering data-intensive and web-enabled application development projects that provide outstanding business value, and helping organizations find practical ways to deliver the right results. When he is not helping organizations get more done by doing less, Kent writes and speaks on leadership, business analysis, and agile approaches. Kent is currently Director of IT Content for ProjectConnections.com where he is developing and organizing practical resources for teams involved in Information technology projects and interested in agile approaches.


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