Individuals and interactions over processes and tools, Will AI in Agile change this and Can Agile be disrupted by AI?

Applying Agile is a mindset change rather than a process change compared to traditional methods. Some of the typical challenges faced by teams in the Industry while practicing Agile are:

  • Limited experience with agile
  • Slowing down of work due to limited access to Product Owner
  • Incomplete\less detailed user stories leading to high onshore dependency
  • Struggle to keep momentum with continuous churn of agile events through active participation and to maintain quality of artefacts (backlog, burndown, impediment list, retrospective action log)

These challenges manifold when delivery teams within the Industry are practicing distributed agile at scale.

In the last couple of years within the IT industry we are seeing the infusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The questions which come up are:

  • Can AI disrupt Agile with practical use cases?
  • Can AI help in the mindset change?
  • Can AI address the above challenges?
  • Is AI in Agile a fad that will wither away with the passage of time?

At Accenture, we have been grappling with these questions and we will share our answers based on our practical experiences through the Virtual Scrum Master. We will also share on what the future holds in the field of Agile in AI.

Agile has become a standard delivery method adopted by organizations across the globe, according to VersionOne’s 11th Annual State of Agile Report. While 94 percent of survey respondents said their organizations practiced agile, 80 percent said their organization was at or below a “still maturing” level.

Multiple challenges including limited Agile experience, insufficient access to product owner and the extensive effort required to maintain momentum and quality, are intensified when practicing distributed (offshore, near-shore and onshore) Agile. Add in the automation challenge wherein IT organizations are looking at boosting the speed of delivery by adopting agile quickly and automating their daily work.

Based on experience, value stream mapping—can help the Agile delivery teams address these challenges plus identify where automation can be introduced to increase the speed of Agile development.

At Accenture, with our practical experience have introduced several intelligent virtual agents that use machine learning to collaborate with their human co-workers to overcome these challenges. One agent, in particular, our Virtual Scrum Master, monitors numerous aspects of Agile development projects—consisting of requirements, releases, metrics and resources—alerting the team of any potential issues and providing possible solutions.

Our virtual Scrum Master resides in our intelligent automation platform, Accenture myWizard®. The myWizard platform combines Accenture’s industry and technology assets and business knowledge across 40 industries with intelligent automation, including artificial intelligence (AI) at its core to enable smarter, more innovative and more efficient application services. Our virtual Scrum Master helps the Agile teams:

  • Identify and automate repetitive Agile tasks
  • Gain insights to effectively drive Agile ceremonies, and create quality deliverables
  • Use historical information to predict the future and take corrective measures when needed.
  • Analyze patterns/relations/co-relations of historical and transactional project data to diagnose root causes
  • Drive standardization of Agile practices while scaling in a distributed fashion

In this session, we will walk you through a client case study, where we implemented the virtual Scrum Master to gain efficiencies across a distributed Agile team and automated nearly 40 percent of the manual Agile processes.

Disrupted Agile with artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer a trend. It’s a reality that’s being accelerated by increased automation, via artificial intelligence and cognitive computing. AI and machines can help us do Agile better. Embrace your new digital co-worker.

AI in Agile will not replace the collaboration between and within the teams but augment it to the next level where we are continuously improving.

Speakers:

Jeffson Dsouza - As an Associate Director, Jeffson brings with him 19+ years of software industry experience to his role as Agile Community of Practice Lead at Accenture. He has expertise in adopting Agile and Lean in various organizations.

Rajendra T Prasad – As a Managing Director, Rajendra leads Automation and Artificial Intelligence, Accenture Technology Services. In this leadership role, RP focuses on driving efficiency in of Application Services across the IT application lifecycle. He leads the team that created and currently deploys Accenture myWizard, an intelligent automation platform with Artificial Intelligence at its core.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

The outline session will be :

Some of the practical challenges in Agile implementations

What is Artificial Intelligence (AI) and some of the current trends

Application of AI in Agile through the Virtual Scrum Master

Case Study of Virtual Scrum Master on how it helped Agile teams continuously improve

Conclusion - Welcome the new digital co- worker

Learning Outcome

In this session, the attendees will go through a client case study, where we implemented the Virtual Scrum Master to gain efficiencies across a distributed Agile team and automated nearly 40 percent of the manual Agile processes.

The attendees will understand that Disrupted Agile with artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer a trend. It’s a reality that’s being accelerated by increased automation, via artificial intelligence and cognitive computing. AI and machines can help us do Agile better.

AI in Agile will not replace the collaboration between and within the teams but augment it to the next level where we are continuously improving.

Target Audience

Whoever is Interested to know on what the future is on AI in Agile

Prerequisite

The attendee should know about what is Agile and should have the experience of Distributed Agile. If the attendees know the basics of AI, that will be helpful

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