Study: Agile and DevOps Reduces Volume, Cost, and Impact of Production Defects

Survey conducted for Micro Focus by The Harris Poll shows that Agile and DevOps reduce the cost of a defect when compared to Waterfall.


Organizations using Agile, or DevOps, to develop and deliver software observe that these methodologies are helping to reduce the impact of defects escaping into production. However, defects continue to appear in production, and even low-impact defects can have a cumulative detrimental effect on a brand.

A recent survey conducted for Micro Focus by The Harris Poll explored how organizations track the cost of functional, performance, and security defects, the breakdown of those costs, and whether incremental software development methodologies such as Agile and DevOps help to reduce the cost when compared to Waterfall software development.

Download this white paper to learn about the key findings, including:

  • Agile or DevOps methods help reduce the impact of production defects.
  • Low-impact defects combine to create a larger cumulative effect.
  • Many organizations track the cost of defects in order to uncover the problems that lead to them.
  • Security risks contribute the most to cost.
  • The many challenges in managing or mitigating defects are similar regardless of development methodology.
  • The distribution of defects is similar between Waterfall vs. Agile/DevOps.

The white paper also includes a number of practical recommendations to help organizations reduce the number of defects in production, their impact, and their cost.

Note: This asset is translated in English only.

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