7 Deadly Sins of 'Agile- But' Teams

This report is based on the analysis of the epidemic called ‘Agile-But-Teams’ in services organization. The presentation would cover the following 7 anti-patterns in such teams,

 #1 Fix ‘everything’ in your contract (definitely no breathing space) 

Sign contracts with fixed scope and penalties. Ensure you include at least 30 metrics with fixed targets without accounting for team’s capability.

  #2 Don’t groom your requirements, make them look beardy and scruffy 

 Ensure your product backlog grooming is either not taken seriously or not done until the first day of the sprint.

 #3 Be a salary thief and never change a thing 

Freeze your process steps in the beginning of the project and create checklists that would ensure compliance on a monthly basis. If possible, include mechanisms for tailoring and deviation, but never change the process.

 #4 Be loyal to the law of averages 

Set organizational baselines for Agile teams and measure them periodically. Also, get RCA’s and reasons for missing the organisation targets.

 #5 Trust the pyramid and mummies 

Adhere to the team pyramid structure and give the product responsibility to the identified leads.

 #6 Never Tell, Only Ask 

Never change your product development/testing practices empirically instead implement industry ‘best’ practices based on case studies from other projects.

 #7 Make Self-fulfilling prophecies 

Constantly discuss about, how Agile is not the right model for your project. Ensure your prophecies are fulfilled and there is no redemption whatsoever

 The presentation would also cover the possible antidotes for the scenarios and explain in detail about the behavioral sciences behind such patterns.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Introduction to Agile-But Teams
  • 7 Anti Patterns

#1 Fix ‘everything’ in your contract (definitely no breathing space)

#2 Don’t groom your requirements, make them look beardy and scruffy

#3 Be a salary thief and never change a thing

#4 Be loyal to the law of averages

#5 Trust the pyramid and mummies

#6 Never Tell, Only Ask

#7 Make Self-fulfilling prophecies

  • Yes But Behaviors
  • Antidotes

 

The presentation will be based on examples and practical scenarios from projects.

 

Learning Outcome

  • Challenges the existing status quo
  • Provides perspectives and insights on the behavioral patterns of teams
  • Helps to come in terms with reality and identify ways to do things differently

 

Target Audience

Open to all

schedule Submitted 4 years ago

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  • Nitin Ramrakhyani
    By Nitin Ramrakhyani  ~  4 years ago
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    Karthik,

    Thanks for your proposal. All three proposals submitted by you are pretty interesting.

    Could you help us with a bit of additional details about content, any slide slidedecks made, blog posts/ articles? Also, if you had to pick one of the three, which one would you go for and why?

    Thanks,

    Nitin

    • Karthik Kamal Balasubramaniam
      By Karthik Kamal Balasubramaniam  ~  4 years ago
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      Hi Sachin,

      Contracts is only a small part of the session and I don't intend to discuss that in detail. However, we will discuss the current issues with contracts and alternate ways of doing it.None of them would be a silver bullet solution and may or may not influence the ability of an organization to bid for contracts. 

      Having said that, throughout the presentation the underlying behavioural aspects of issues would be discussed and this awareness would help individuals/teams to change their current status quo and look for alternate solutions.

      Regards

      KK

    • Sachin goel
      By Sachin goel  ~  4 years ago
      reply Reply

      Hi

      Do you also intend to touch upon how the learnings from this session / new ways to do things will impact Service Organisations ability to bid for the projects?

      thanks- sachin


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