How do you see agile affecting application development and delivery?
The biggest impact is that application development teams are using agile to speed up their delivery of software changes and updates. This makes the developers happy as they can get through requests faster. However, releasing that software out to the organisation is different: small teams are responsible for their own releases, while larger organisations have dedicated staff that handle getting software out to the business.
Whatever size you are, the increasing number of releases will have an impact on the overall process. One customer I spoke to recently has taken up agile, and gone from 50 releases per year up to 350. That is a huge increase. While the amount of code might be smaller, the change procedure will be the same, and that puts pressure on the overall application delivery process and the staff who release the software. This introduces the risk of there being undiscovered errors in the release. And that might mean production outages.