Un-beach the whale and turbocharge productivity in your post-Agile organization

When you transitioned to Agile you solicited the best advice, updated your development tools, hired coaches, installed furniture, and embraced painful cultural changes. Now, a few years later, you wonder whether Agile is working. Are you realizing the productivity you are paying for, or did Agile flop? With so many people developing software every day you expect more to get done. Your advisors tell you not to worry about productivity, this is how it’s supposed to be. Questioning themselves, many executives are awakening to these gut feelings of disillusionment in their post-transition organizations. How much productivity should they expect from Agile teams? How do you know if Agile is working? Can Agile organizations be slow and unwieldy despite their Agileness? This session offers a strategic business management perspective about the honest reality of Agile in a post-transition organization. Attendees will learn to recognize the signals of poor Agile productivity and how to fix development so it stays fixed.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Productivity – the word that can’t be spoken
    • Productivity is treated like an outdated 20th century Tayloristic concept
    • It’s okay to speak the word aloud and take productivity seriously
    • Quantity of work, speed of completion, and quality of product
  • When Agile grinds
    • Transformations prioritize the wrong things
    • Agile coaches measure the wrong things
    • Look ma’, we have user stories, self-organizing teams, retrospectives, and daily standups but aren’t getting anything done
  • Eight signals that confirm you have a beached whale
  • Why this happens despite the Agileness
  • Six difficult management hacks that fix the problem and un-beach the whale
  • Mirror time – we know why you haven’t implemented these already
  • Preventing the problem from returning

Learning Outcome

For any attendees awakening to this problem but unsure whether the problem is real, this session provides welcome confirmation of your sanity. Agile is not a guaranteed formula for success, there are right and wrong ways to implement it.  Attendees will learn the common signals and see how the problem has been solved in the past. The session is meant to be eye-opening and educational.  This not your typical boring Agile lecture, we keep things fiery and use first-class production values.

Target Audience

All levels of leadership. Management, Senior Management, and Executive Management. This is for people who care about the productive output from an Agile software organization.

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