Over-selling the "Enterprise Agile Frameworks and Certifications"

Agile is only for smaller projects and/or startup organisations - Not Anymore. Taking my own and my organisation's experience, Agile is a proven methodology that is well suited for delivering complex, distributed, multi-year enterprise programs, for many years now.
 
While this is really a great thing for agile enthusiasts and practitioners, it’s a bit of worrying sign for me the increased recognition and popularity the ‘Agile Certifications’ and ‘Agile Frameworks’ are receiving among individuals and organisations who would like to adopt Agile to stay relevant in current world.
 
I would like to share my views on the adoption of these frameworks and certifications, why I feel they are not-so-agile and how am I and my organisation are solving similar problems without the need for any of these frameworks and certifications.
 
I am planning to walk through the complete life cycle of the most recent program that I’m part of (from Inception to Initiation to on-going Execution to Post-Production Support) and bring out the relevant agile principles that we adopted, context based customizations we did and the best practices that we have come up with.
  • For instance, one should know the clear difference between hygienic practices vs context based practices - the first ones are not to be compromised at any cost, whereas the latter ones are to be applied based on the need, not because some framework prescribes it.
The typical life cycle stages that we follow in any program / project delivery is normally: Discovery - Inception - Initiation - Execution - Transition, whereas the actual set of practices within any of these stages and how they are being implemented could be very different from project to project, team to team. 
  • For example, in the Execution Phase, doing pair programming and following TDD are hygienic practices for us. Having said that, it’s perfectly okay for a pair to split and work on a specific task on a case-to-case basis (we call this Pragmatic Programming) and the pair decides when and how long they would split and when to re-join.
To give an idea on the complexity, enterprise and distributed nature of the program, some key data points:
  • Started almost 3 years ago, on-going
  • 10 quarterly planning workshops done so far
  • 10+ teams, 7 timezones
  • peak program size: 250+
  • peak team size from my org.: 50+
  • total no of systems: 10+
  • geographical spread: plan: 100 countries, 132 locales launched so far: 53 countries, 56 locales
  • 140 page-views / sec
  • Av. response time: 1.3s
  • Handling 100+K products in the catalog, 15+ K pages , 300+ K responsive images
  • Blue-Green production deployment (zero downtime over 1.5 years)
  • 3 weeks cycle of production releases
 
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Outline/structure of the Session

This is how, I will split the 45 minutes of my talk:

15 minutes: My views on the individual/organizational level adoption of enterprise agile frameworks and certifications, reasons I see them as counter-productive

20 minutes: Without being prescriptive, share my experience in running distributed enterprise projects in a customized approach, following basic agile principles and processes 

10 minutes: Open for questions and answers

Learning Outcome

 
At the end of my session, I would like my audience to walk away with a better perspective of:
 - why it would be better off not to follow some frameworks in trying to solve a problem that's more contexual and may not fit one of these frameworks
 - how any of the complex, enterprise, distributed programs can be successfully managed by sticking to the basic agile principles and being adaptive to the problem context and situation

Target Audience

Any role who practices Agile in their day-day project execution

schedule Submitted 2 years ago

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  • Ravi Kumar
    By Ravi Kumar  ~  2 years ago
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    Hi Sridharan,

    Thanks for submitting the proposal. 

    Can you please update your proposal with the following...

    1. Videos Links - To some of your past presentations on this topic or any other. The video could be from other conferences, user group meetups or internal to your company. In case you don't have any; I suggest you shoot a short video presenting to the audience.
    2. Blogs/Articles: Links to blogs or articles on this topic.

    The above will help you complete the proposals and also help the review panel. We can take it forward from there.

    Thanks,

    Ravi

    • Sridharan Vembu
      By Sridharan Vembu  ~  2 years ago
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      Hi Ravi

      Thanks for your review comments. I've recently spoken at couple of UNICOMM conferences, but don't have video recordings of these talks. However, I've the video recording of the talk in an internal conference (X-Conf). Can you send me your email ID, so that I can share the url for the video (not publically sharable, hence couldn't share the url here).

      I haven't blogged or prepared the complete presentation yet on this topic - however, if it's for reference / review purpose, I shall share the presentation decks I used in the UNICOMM conference. 

      I would be happy to detail out my thought process on this topic, if that would help. Please let me know. Thanks.

      Regards

      Sridhar 

      • Ravi Kumar
        By Ravi Kumar  ~  2 years ago
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        Hi Sridhar,

        You can mark your url message "Private". Click on the check box "Private Message". This will be accesible to only the program team. You could remove the URL after a few days if you want to.

        We'd love to go over the details but for now you could elaborate a little more on the key take aways that the audience is going to walk away after attending your session. Help us understand the challenges that these frameworks impose and how have you overcome without using them.

        Best,

         

        Ravi

        • Sarabjit Singh Bakshi
          By Sarabjit Singh Bakshi  ~  2 years ago
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          Sridhar , 

          Thanks for the proposal .

          Awaiting , video shoot footage on the topic [please use private message mode] as discussed earlier.

          ~Sarab

      • Prasad
        By Prasad  ~  2 years ago
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        Hi Sridharan,

        Thanks for the proposal..

        My 2 cents, with out a context the antipatterns are not relavant, it may be good pattern in my context.  It will be great if you can bring on the ground experince and some of the interventions you did and its results..

        ~Pras


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