Today we announced the availability of our process tool, ID-GEM, for Agile development projects. And, what’s even more exciting, is that we offer ID-GEM for free! It is our goal to help businesses and entrepreneurs identify a project’s business value and aligning business objectives to the final product before diving into features and requirements. ID-GEM provides teams a way to asses business value and close the planning gap that is often present in Agile development methods.

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.

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.

For a free download of ID-GEM please visit: (http://www.amadeusconsulting.com/idgem)