Integrating Agile Practices with a Stage-Gate Product Development Framework
Many leading product development organizations utilize a Stage-Gate process to guide how they invest in their portfolio of products, how they are engineered, and how they are manufactured and released to the market. Oftentimes, these Stage-Gate processes have been defined in a more waterfall fashion which poses difficulties when trying to incorporate Agile practices. This presentation dispels the notion that Agile and Stage-Gate are incompatible, and provides some examples of how Agile practices provide significant business value to Stage-Gate.
Outline/structure of the Session
- What is Stage-Gate?
- Stage-Gate portfolio management
- Evolution of Stage-Gate to incorporate Agile principles
- Key differences between Stage-Gate and Agile
- Weaknesses of Agile compared with Stage-Gate
- Stage-Gate with Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)
- Stage-Gate with Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
Attendees will receive an overview of Stage-Gate and an appreciation for why it is being employed by so many companies world-wide. Next, they will see the differences & strengths/weaknesses between Stage-Gate and Agile, and how they complement each other. Attendees will then learn how Agile principles are embedded in the most recent incarnations of Stage-Gate, and how Agile frameworks such as Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) can exist very effectively in a Stage-Gate environment, leading to more effective product development results.
Agile leaders, Scrum Masters, SEPGs, PMOs