Organizations with production dependencies across department boundaries run the risk of falling out of phase (or alignment). Alignment includes any actions or policies that exist so that a process or activity in one section of the organization is congruent with the organization’s or business unit’s governing mission. The lack of business/IT alignment is a chronic problem for many organizations and frequently the root cause of systemic software delivery failure. Agile development practices are designed to address many of the root causes of misalignment between IT and the business.
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