Agile Implementation Pains: Treat the Disease not the Symptom

Is your team and/or organization feeling pain from transitioning from traditional methods to agile?  When transitioning from waterfall to agile some pain is to be expected; the approach and underlying principles are different.  However, teams and organizations often look for quick fixes to these pains.  This often results in only addressing the symptoms of some larger dysfunction that may be deeply seeded in the culture.  This talk will explore some of the most commonly experienced pains at both the team and organizational levels.  Typical (incorrect) solutions will be presented as will some of the most probable true issues and how to address each.


Outline/Structure of the Talk


Team-Level Pains

  • Pain: Daily Scrum feels like a status report
  • Pain: Unfinished work at the end of a Sprint
  • Pain: No time for testing at the end of a Sprint

Organizational-Level Pains

  • Excessive technical debt/defects in production
  • Projects are routinely late
  • Work coordination issues across the enterprise

Learning Outcome

At the end of this session, attendees should:

  • Understand some of the most common issues facing new agile teams and organizations;
  • Understand what agile implementation pains are trying to tell them; and,
  • Identify some of the immediate ways they can address the most common problems.

Target Audience

Executives leading transformations, Product Owners, ScrumMasters, Agile Team Members

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