Extending Agile Beyond Software Development
Is Agile purely a software development tool? Of course not! The principles of Agile can applied just about anywhere. So why hasn't all of your IT organization adopted Agile practices?
The truth is, once your software project is done and you're on to the next one, IT Operations takes over. Systems administration, networking, desktop support, and data management must all work in concert to support your application. Are you in alignment with the entire value chain?
This talk will cover a number of management philosophies, including Agile, Lean, ITSM, and Gamification, and discuss how they can be applied outside of software development to bring greater alignment and effeciency to the enterprise IT department. We'll show you real life examples of where Agile practices have been successfully adopted outside of software development, the challenges we faced in our own transformation, and how we overcame them.
Agile NOT By The Book
Agile is so much more than rituals and buzzwords, but often the real value is lost as organizations focus more on adhering to processes than the reasons behind them. Teams all too easily fall into the trap of following a prescribed method and deviate little from that original template. A continuous improvement approach implies a team is regularly questioning, tweaking, and iterating on its own version of Agile. Today's set of practices and processes should not be identical to those from a year ago.
Join Blake Nyquist and Wade Wachs for a discussion on Agile thinking and how to break out from a fixed set of processes. You will leave this session with an increased understanding of how Agile practices can and should be useful, along with ways to focus on their value in your organization. Bring pains points from your own Agile efforts to discuss with others in the session and take actionable suggestions back to your team on Monday.