The simplicity of agile frameworks makes many of us believe that agile is simple. However, it’s actually extremely hard to make it working in a non-agile environment. By non-agile environment, I mean organizations which are fundamentally driven by heavy controls and governance; systems which are legacy large, complex & tightly coupled; multiple stakeholders with conflicting priorities and list goes on.  


This paper is share my experiences of one such journey of implementing agile in such non-agile world. It was quite a bumpy ride but in the end, we got a recipe with perfect blend of scrum, XP and Kanban practices – something which was generating visible value and truly in line with agile principles.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Context
    • Situation
    • Problems, constraints
    • Drivers for change
  • Moving from absolute waterfall to semi-agile with first set of agile practices
  • Dealing with challenges of legacy systems
  • Learning and drivers to advance further towards agility
  • Journey towards current scrumban model
  • Explaining the current model of 3 parallel releases and what makes it working
  • Key learnings – what worked and what did not
  • Summary

Learning Outcome

Implementing agile in environments which do not appear to be natural fit for agile by implementing agile in iterative and incremental manner.  How agile can be implemented in legacy systems wherein development is too slow to have short iterations. How a scrumban model works in practices.

Target Audience

Managers, Scrum Masters, POs, Agile Team Members, Agile Coaches

schedule Submitted 4 years ago

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  • Himanshu Pant TOGAF9
    By Himanshu Pant TOGAF9  ~  4 years ago
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    This sounds pretty interesting because project deliveries on legacy systems have not been moved over to modern frameworks like Agile. It may be due to the inherent complexity of the system or the age demograph of the resources working on it and their resistance to change or maybe the inability to show some tangible work to business stakeholders after short periods. 

    It would be interesting to see how you were able to work around an organisation's governance model and get their buy in to implement via hybrid agile model.

    Slideshare not accessible at the moment to me :(

  •  Satish Yadav
    By Satish Yadav  ~  4 years ago
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    This sounds interesting. One of main challenges around implementation of Agile is too much processes and legacy with tight coupling of systems.

  •  Satish Yadav
    By Satish Yadav  ~  4 years ago
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    This sounds interesting. One of main challenges around implementation of Agile is too much processes and legacy with tight coupling of systems.

  • Saket Bansal
    By Saket Bansal  ~  4 years ago
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    Thanks for proposal, please update the talk outline / structure , also share presentation or video of some previous talk.



  • Kshitij Agrawal
    By Kshitij Agrawal  ~  4 years ago
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    Hi Saket,

    Thanks for your suggestions. I have further updated outline/structure session. One of my presentation is present at:


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