Sanjiv will be presenting the following session
  • Sanjiv Augustine

    Sanjiv Augustine - Moving from the License Raj to Light Touch Agile Governance

    45 Mins
    Case Study

    Today, top performing agile teams exist in organizations worldwide. However, in many of these same organizations, those very same teams are hamstrung by legacy bureaucratic management - the remnants of a waterfall “license raj.”  Issues with delivery across multiple silios, non-value adding process red tape, and antiquated PMOs persist.  So, we continue to struggle with reaping the full benefits of agile methods, and fall short of business agility.

    True end-to-end, business agility requires a bimodal approach: continued care and feeding of agile teams done in parallel with a systematic middle-management transformation away from the license raj. The Agile Value Management Office (VMO) is rapidly gaining traction as the preferred way to accomplish this through:

    • A team of teams organizational construct and approach for light-touch governance
    • Adaptive planning and experimentation with small-batch Minimal Marketable Products (MMPs) for end-to-end flow 
    • Up-front and continuous integration of legal, audit and other business-critical functions for true risk management

    Join Sanjiv Augustine to explore how these have liberated managers, unshackled agile teams and resulted in positive customer outcomes. Through key case studies, we’ll see how these have also ensured critical management, oversight, and governance. 

1. What got you started/interested in modern software development methods?

In the year 2000, I was asked to manage three eXtreme Programming (XP) teams. I learned XP and other agile methods, including Crystal, FDD and Scrum, and then developed agile management methods from there.

2. What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by the software product engineering community today?

End to end value flow and delivery across multiple Business and IT organizational units remains a significant challenge, even in 2021.

3. What do you think are the most exciting developments in software product engineering today?

The growing interest in business agility and new ways of working.  We are slowly evolving ways to work directly with business customers and end users.  With new ways to understand and empathize with customers, we can now deliver solutions that truly meet their needs.

4. Why did you choose the topic(s) you will be speaking about at the conference?

My speciality in working with business and executive management.  Topics like governance and risk management are critical to the success of agile trams. However, they are not usually covered in the agile space, and I want to make sure that we give them the air time they deserve.

5. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s) at Agile India?

Learn how to:

- integrate enterprise considerations like compliance, audit, risk and legal into your agile processes

- create a management team of teams that provides oversight and governance and supports agile teams end to end

- explore case studies that demonstrate what really happens and how we can deal with less-than-optimal situations while implementing agile

6. Any personal remarks/message you want to share with the software community?

I hope you find my session interesting and valuable!  Please also check out my newest book, From PMO to VMO: Managing for Value Delivery on Amazon: