I worked as a coach and have experience ranging from team level to large scale agile transformation that involves:

- Multiple teams from different locations
- Different cultures
- Variety of structures
- Component teams
- Strong silo working culture
- Legacy code base
- Different release schedules and processes
- Wide range of tools
- And many other challenges

As part of working on the assignments to help the organizations transforming into agile, I had come across various anti patterns and road blocks at various
levels. These anti patterns are very critical to understand and help the organizations to tackle them effectively without compromising on the core agile
values and principles.

It is very easy for any organization to kick off the transformation but it is very hard to maintain the sustainability and become a matured agile organization. During this period there will be many traps that will force the organization to take a U turn and get back to where they started. Lot of effort, money and time gets wasted in this process. It is important to understand the key areas of enterprise agile pathway and decide the roadmap for the transformation with a clear vision and goal. Periodic inspection and adaption is also critical in this whole process to successfully achieve the vision and goal of transformation. top to bottom of the organization will play very vital role in this journey, without proper collaboration, communication and understanding among these teams, organization cannot transform. 

Once the transformation kicked off, organization will go through a whole set of different challenges during their release planning, sprint ceremonies, collaboration issues, cross location team challenges, tools and processes and these are also critical humps to crossover successfully. 

Another important area that usually will not get enough importance in transformation is the "communication" part. Agile emphasizes more on "face to face" communication. But is it just enough talking face to face? Conflict --> Communication --> collaboration --> Value delivery. This path has to be clearly understood at all levels of organization. 

My topic is going to cover these anti patterns that I had come across in my coaching experience and share them with the audience. As part of this session, I am also planning to conduct a survey to see how many of these anti patterns are common to the organizations that are transforming into Agile. I will collect the survey information from the participants by providing them a quick hand copy of the survey form. This information will help me for my paper that is in progress on the "Enterprise Agile Transformation".

I am also planning to have some activities within the session by giving the audience some challenges of transformation and try to find suggestions to arrive at solutions to tackle those challenges. This part will make the session interactive and two-way knowledge sharing.

The anti patterns will be mostly around the following categories:

- Management responsibility
- Structural challenges
- Product teams
- Portfolio management
- Scrum teams
- Scrum Master
- Support teams (Sales, Marketing, HR, Admin etc)
- Communication
- Continuous improvement
- Tools
- Processes

I will also cover, what was done for some of the key anti-patterns to address them as part of the transformation engagements.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Setting up the expectations - 3 minutes

Explanation of the Survey - 2 minutes

Walkthrough of the presentation - 10 minutes

Commercial Break (Activity): 5 minutes

Continue with the presentation: 10 minutes

Special Guest (Activity): 5 minutes

Conclude the presentation: 5 minutes

Universal problems (Survey) - 5 minutes

Q & A and Closure: 5 minutes

Learning Outcome

Participants will get to know:

- The importance of balancing transformation across all roles/departments

- They key challenges and remedies (for some critical challenges) as part of the enterprise agile transformation

- They will also participate in group discussion activities and provide their point of views for some of the challenges

- Especially people who play roles like product owner, scrum master they can correlate their work with the anti-patterns discussed and can correct their way of work accordingly

Activities:

1. Commercial breaks (this is the metaphor I am using for activity):  During the talk, I will give some scenario challenge/anti pattern that I had come across in my experience for a specific role based (E.g: Management, Product Owner, Scrum Master) and ask the participants to brainstorm at their respective tables and come up with suitable solutions/suggestions that they think right to address that situation. From a couple of tables I invite one person and let them explain their points. This will create interactivity and active participation.

2. Special Guest (Name of the activity): At logical break point in the session, I will ask the audience, if there are any participants who play a specific role such as product owner, Scrum Master, Senior management representative to share their experiences about the anti patterns that I discuss and what they have done to solve those challenges. 

3. Universal Problems (Name of the activity): I am preparing a short and simple survey with 15 to 20 questions related to enterprise agility and I place these survey forms on the table before the session starts. At the end of the session, I will ask the audience to fill those forms and give it back. This is to see what challenges and anti patterns are universal in nature for enterprise agility.

 

Target Audience

Senior management, product owners, coaches, scrum masters, managers, development teams

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  • tim born
    By tim born  ~  1 year ago
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    This looks to be an interesting talk.  Do you have a video sample of any of your presentations you could share, pls?

  • GVK.Sreenivas
    By GVK.Sreenivas  ~  1 year ago
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    Highly Useful informtion. Great work Vijay.

  • Evan Leybourn
    By Evan Leybourn  ~  1 year ago
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    Hi, 

    In addition to Karthik's question, could you also elaborate on the learning objectives. What will the participants get our of attending your presentation? 

    • Vijay Bandaru
      By Vijay Bandaru  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi Evan/Karthik,

      I have attempted to provide the details that you both have asked for, Please check and get back

      Thanks, Vijay

      • Karthik Kamal Balasubramaniam
        By Karthik Kamal Balasubramaniam  ~  1 year ago
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        Thanks Vijay. I see that you have listed about 11 categories of anti-patterns. Are there any specific items you want to discuss in your activities?  

        • Vijay Bandaru
          By Vijay Bandaru  ~  1 year ago
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          Karthik, the list seems to be huge but some of them may not have many anti patterns :) more over I will be covering only major anti patterns of those categories. some of the anti patterns I will distribute to the audiance to provide their solutions/suggestions as explained in the activities explanation above. Thanks, Vijay

  • Karthik Kamal Balasubramaniam
    By Karthik Kamal Balasubramaniam  ~  1 year ago
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    Hi Vijay,

    Can you elaborate on the activities you have planned for the participants? 

    Regards

    • Vijay Bandaru
      By Vijay Bandaru  ~  1 year ago
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      Karthik, I have updated the activities. Please check and revert. Thanks

      Vijay

  • Sarabjit Singh Bakshi
    By Sarabjit Singh Bakshi  ~  1 year ago
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    Vijay , 

    Thanks for sharing the inputs, In interest of time -would it not be more effective if you do a role based format with a single group on the stage an extension to point 3 , this will help the roles to evangilize and morph real time situations while the audience does the survey.

    Sarab

    • Vijay Bandaru
      By Vijay Bandaru  ~  1 year ago
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      Sarab,  

      This is a good idea. I can plan for it based on the interest and the number of people attending the session. 

      Thanks

      Vijay

  • Prasad
    By Prasad  ~  1 year ago
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    Vijay,

    will you also be covering on how did you go around these antipatterns and the outcome you obtianed..

    ~

    Pras

    • Vijay Bandaru
      By Vijay Bandaru  ~  1 year ago
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      Yes Prasad, I will cover the remedies for the antipatterns that I am going to discuss.

  • Evan Leybourn
    By Evan Leybourn  ~  1 year ago
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    In addition to Karthik's question - could you also expand on the learning objectives. What do you expect the participants to get out of your talk?


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    Scrum introduces a very vital role called the Product Owner who is the key person responsible for the product success; he is one who is accountable for the customer delight.

     In this session we would talking about essential characteristics  and responsibilities of a PO by discussing some of the challenges using specific scenarios.

    Format of this session:

    1) Commonly seen anti patterns of the PO

    2) Typical challenges that can derail a Product Ownership and what can be done to overcome these challenges. These challenges if not resolved, which agile principle we would not be able to adhere to will also be discussed during this session. The scenarios presented here are the real time scenarios that I have seen with the teams while working with them.

    The idea of this session is to talk about the challenges seen with the Product group  in big organizations that have a legacy of products and multiple teams working on them.

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    Over-selling the "Enterprise Agile Frameworks and Certifications"

    Sridharan Vembu
    Sridharan Vembu
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
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    Intermediate
    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