Beyond “Easy Agile”: How to Overcome the Challenges of Adopting Agile in Established Enterprises
Many agile methods and strategies are geared towards small teams working in reasonably straightforward situations. That’s great work if you can get it. Most organizations that are adopting agile today have been in operations for decades and sometimes centuries. They are typically dealing with significant investments in legacy systems and processes that won’t go away any time soon. They have an existing culture that is usually not-as-agile as it could be and an organization structure that puts up many roadblocks to collaboration. Their staff members are often overly specialized and many people do not have skills in agile software development techniques, and there are many thoughts as to what needs to be done to improve things, the adoption of agile being one of many. This is certainly not the startup company environment that we keep hearing about.
In this keynote presentation Scott Ambler reviews the challenges faced by established enterprises when transforming to agile and what enterprise agile means in practice. He then overviews the Disciplined Agile (DA) framework, a pragmatic and context-sensitive approach to enterprise agile, working through how it addresses the realities faced by modern organizations. Scott then works through advice for transforming your enterprise to become more agile, including the people-process-tools triad and the skills and experience required of enterprise agile team coaches and executive agile coaches. He ends with an overview of proven strategies for adopting agile in less-than-ideal environments
Outline/Structure of the Talk
This is a presentation.
- The challenges faced by established enterprises
- Enterprise agile in practice – OR - Thinking outside of the Scrum and SAFe boxes
- Pragmatic agile over purist agile
- The people-process-tools triad – Or – Going beyond focusing on being agile
- The skills of an enterprise team coach
- The skills of an enterprise executive coach
- The reality of working with some of your IT teams – OR – Prepare for anything from open arms to a multi-year, running gun battle
- Discover why agile is different in established enterprises
- Learn how to overcome common enterprise roadblocks to agile adoption
- Learn how agile software development works in enterprises
- Discover what it means to coach in established enterprises
Practitioners in established enterprises hoping to adopt agile; Agile coaches hoping to up-skill to enterprise agile coaches; Agile transformation coaches working in established enterprises
I have written extensively about enterprise agile topics on the Disciplined Agile blog. I have also written several agile books over the years, including Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery, Disciplined Agile Delivery, Refactoring Databases, and Agile Modeling.