Five Common Agile Transformation Misconceptions

Organizations follow frameworks and playbooks and drive to achieve successful results in their Agile transformation.   As the organization and teams continue on their journey the challenges may seem to increase rather than decrease.   The larger the organization and the more detailed their software development life cycle the more arduous it is to make the shift.   This session discusses observations on five common misconceptions that slow an Agile transformation and the ability of teams to embrace the mind shift needed to be Agile.

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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Introduction -
    • Who am I and where did I gather my experience
    • Common threads encountered in my Agile Coaching and Scrum Master experience on multiple projects for different clients
  • Roles -
    • One of the first questions that comes up is "What is my role now that we are 'Scrumming' ?"
    • Different approaches resolving these questions and impacting storming to norming
  • Scrum Events -
    • Common comment heard is "Scrum has too many meetings"
    • Digging deeper reveals causes that can then be mitigated
  • Longer sprints -
    • After several sprints a comment pops up, "If we only had more time to get our work done"
    • Finding the root of the concern to assist in making a decision
  • Testing -
    • Transforming into Agile affects the test model with the following concern voiced, "There is  not enough time to run all of our tests"
    • Exploring options to nudge testing in a more Agile direction
  • Environments -
    • Scrum teams developing in the traditional environment are requested to "Please enter a ticket"
    • Identifying ways to more quickly move environments to Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery
  • Wrap Up/Audience Comments
    • Questions and sharing from audience of additional lessons 

Learning Outcome

  • Awareness of likely challenges that will be encountered in your Agile Transformation
  • Understand possible causes and suggested ways to mitigate

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, Team Members, Leadership, Stakeholders

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

    I must admit that "Top 5" reminds me of click-bait articles I never read. What makes you think these are the TOP 5? Top 5 over what population?

    Also, it would be helpful to reviewers if your outline gave a hint as to what you were going to say about each one.

    thanks, George

    • Rose Hyde
      By Rose Hyde  ~  1 year ago
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      Thanks for the feedback George -- these are five examples from my experience with transformations as an Agile Coach and a Scrum Master.  

      Updated outline with more detail per your suggestion.


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