Sprinting in the Matrix: Being Agile inside Government confines

Have you ever tried hopping onto a moving train? That is what it feels like for those of us who join dysfunctional Agile projects already in motion. Everything is moving really quickly,  but you don’t know exactly where you’re going. For that reason, you attempt to figure out a few things:

  • What are the project/team issues - does the team even know what Scrum is?
  • What is expected of you - do they know what a Scrum Master does?
  • What all are the government quirks - do your government partners think we can just "go Agile"?

A situation like this would call for a Agile mindset. But what does it really mean to have an Agile mindset and what does it look like?

This talk will outline some techniques for employing  an Agile mindset when considering the people, process and tools of an inflight project from several different angles. I will also discuss some lessons learned from working with government partners in a not-so Agile environment.

 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Getting your bearings – what is the current state of the project?
    • What's the organization structure where the project lives?
    • What's the state of mind of the project team and government partners?
    • What are the processes being used or abused on the project?
    • Are the tools helping or hindering the project?
  • You don’t have the solution –  you facilitate the solution
    • For their Mindset
    • For their Processes
    • For their Structure/Tools
  • Tips for you from "the Oracle"
    • For your Mindset
    • For your Processes
    • For your Tool belt
    • Other lessons learned in the government trenches
  • Q& A

Learning Outcome

Attendees will

  • learn how to engage an Agile mindset when assessing current state of the project 
  • understand approaches to facilitate the solutions to the identified project issues
  • learn how to become more effective team players

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Leaders, Project Managers, Coaches supporting Government programs

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 year ago
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    Hi, Nicole,

    Many of us on the review committee have experience on government Agile programs. Can you tell us some more details about what makes this session special? What is it you have to say about facilitating the solution? What kind of tips are you offering?

     


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