Are you - or worse, your bosses - starting to doubt this Agile thing? Are your software teams proficiently delivering every two weeks and yet it just doesn't seem to make much of a difference to the bottom line?

Most organizations begin their foray into Agile with software development and that makes sense - after all, the Agile Manifesto focuses on “working software.” Unfortunately, though, this is often also where the Agile journey comes to a grinding halt. Management confines Agile to a small box labeled “Delivery,” puts a lid on it, and everything else continues as usual. Development teams in such an environment may produce more software, faster and with better quality, but the expected impact on the organization often fails to materialize because the business value of the produced software doesn’t increase correspondingly.

In this session, we’ll take a closer look at why Agile shouldn’t end with “working software.” The most commonly used Agile frameworks don’t provide much guidance on how to manage risk and ensure the creation of organizational value, so we will draw on insights, tools and techniques from other domains to identify crucial high risk assumptions, test our hypotheses, and measure outcomes. We’ll explore how we can get past the “feature factory” focus and apply the Agile mindset beyond delivery to produce better business outcomes and organizational impact.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Introduction: Complicated vs. complex problems
  • How waterfall mindsets constrain Agile
  • Managing uncertainty
  • Value-driven prioritization and the problem with identifying value
  • Surfacing critical assumptions
  • Hypothesis-Driven Development vs. the Feature Factory
  • Closing the value loop
  • Key points

Learning Outcome

  • Explore how Lean Discovery and experimentation can expand the scope of Agile’s “inspect and adapt” learning loops beyond software delivery
  • Identify and examine the riskiest assumptions with tools like Assumption Mapping and Impact Mapping
  • Understand how to use the power of iteration and feedback to validate critical assumptions with testable hypotheses

Target Audience

Agilists, managers and other leaders who want to expand Agile beyond a narrow technical focus.

Prerequisite

Some experience with Agile development/delivery and the interface with the rest of the organization.

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