Agile by Doing: Non-traditional paths to agile transformation

Conventional wisdom says that when a team begins their agile journey the first thing they should do is receive some basic “Agile 101” training. At Veracity we’ve given a number of agile boot camps like this over the years and they have been fairly effective. However, we’ve recently started a couple of teams off by just jumping in and doing some agile planning sessions. The training came later, several weeks after they’d done an iteration or two. This may sound like putting the cart before the horse, but the results have been surprisingly effective.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Case Study

Outline:

  • Walking the traditional path
    • Review of traditional "training first" methods for beginning agile transformations
  • Wandering to a new path
    • Sharing an experience where we didn't start with training, which proved to be very successful
  • Why did it work?
    • Thoughts on why we think this was successful
  • What did we learn?
    • Ideas we are now applying with other teams
  • Where do we go from here?
    • Ideas for next steps

Learning Outcome

Those who attend will leave this session with some new ideas they can apply in their own agile transformations. These ideas will probably challenge some of their presuppositions about agile transformation, but will give them new concepts to experiment with as they work with their own teams.

Target Audience

Anyone interested in agile transformation. Especially stakeholders seeking agile transformation for their organizations, and agile leaders involved in guiding transformations

Prerequisites for Attendees

Basic understanding of agile principles and frameworks. A passion for finding effective ways to help organizations transform.

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