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 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

 

 
7 favorite thumb_down thumb_up 0 comments visibility_off  Remove from Watchlist visibility  Add to Watchlist
 

Outline/structure of the Session

Agenda:

  • 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

Learning Outcome

  • 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

Target Audience

• 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

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

Comments Subscribe to Comments

comment Comment on this Proposal

  • Liked vinaya muralidharan
    keyboard_arrow_down

    vinaya muralidharan - Bad Things Hide in the Dark!

    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    For large enterprises starting their Agile journey, the first step towards Agility is Transparency.

    Yet, in a lot of large, traditional organizations, the public display of information, uniformly accessible to all, is unsettling.

    Through a “scary” analysis of the impact of the lack of transparency, we aim to build a really strong case for why Transparency is the new Green!

    To make the leap into Transparency easy, we will also share some tools which have come in handy and worked beautifully for us.

    Our pursuit of transparency is dotted with failed attempts – we would love to share those so that others can make fresh mistakes and not repeat our mistakes.

  • Liked Chris Murman
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Chris Murman - Things Are Broken: A Case Study In Moving Tooooooooo Fast

    Chris Murman
    Chris Murman
    Sr. Agile Consultant
    Solutions IQ
    schedule 11 months ago
    Sold Out!
    60 mins
    Case Study
    Intermediate

    “Move fast and break things.” — Mark Zuckerberg

    Mobile is no longer a hobby for companies. In that world, speed is the key. My company embraced the principle of “welcoming changing requirements, even late in development.” It’s allowed us to grow, and we have accomplished some amazing things.

    It’s also caused some challenges for teams. They felt the pain of this pace, and our clients were frustrated by delayed releases.

    This presentation describes a 3-month case study I ran to measure things like team communication, productivity, and quality while implementing Scrum for the first time. The results were convincing, and allowed us to learn what happens when you value speed more than anything else.

    I hope you’ll join me in seeing how we learned to work smarter instead of harder.

  • Liked Sue Johnston
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Sue Johnston - The Geek's Guide to People - Shifting from Output to Impact

    90 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    The stereotype of technical professionals as inarticulate, socially inept geniuses inventing problems to solve is unkind and inaccurate. Yet the Dilbert image persists. So do jokes like the one about the engineer sentenced to death on the guillotine, who watches the instrument of death malfunction, then tells the operators how to fix it.

    Why do people make fun of engineers? Do people wired and trained to analyze and solve problems and focus on the mechanics of a situation frustrate those whose brains are wired differently? And how does the engineer’s way of dealing with individuals and interactions - that first value of the Agile Manifesto - sometimes get in the way of team collaboration and productivity?

    In this interactive session, we'll show a little empathy for engineers and other analytical folk whose neurological wiring makes them seem different from the rest of humanity. We'll also explore how those with the engineering mindset can develop their own empathy and consciously adopt behaviours that amplify their value to their teams and organizations, make them more effective leaders - and make their own lives easier by positioning themselves for understanding.
    Join Sue in a lively exploration of what can happen when engineers and technical professionals shift their mindset from solving problems to creating impact.

    You will leave this session with an appreciation of

    • How to make your ideas meaningful to others by taking their perspective
    • How shifting your language from "What?" to "So What?" helps people connect the dots
    • Why giving up the need to be smart may be the smartest thing you ever do
    • Techniques you can use to take someone else's perspective.
  • Liked Maurizio Mancini
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Maurizio Mancini - How to Reboot your Agile Team: The Secret Sauce!

    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Why do so many organizations struggle to put in place mature Agile teams that can apply proper Agile principles and deliver awesome products? Some people will say, “Agile is hard” as an excuse to not do Agile or to become frAgile. Well we think we have developed the “Secret Sauce” to rebooting any Agile team that just doesn’t seem to be maturing and we want to share it with you!

    If you are thinking of scaling Agile across a large organization, then this talk is a must to attend to help ensure your teams have the right foundation. Organizations wanting to scale Agile must have a solid foundation of mature Agile teams who embrace the Agile values and have the right Agile mindset.

    Over the years, as we have done Agile transformations in different organizations, we have seen common patterns that keep repeating. The most common pattern we found in our experience is that teams are frAgile. Too many either pretend to be Agile or don’t even know Agile is not a methodology, so organizations question the value of using Agile.  Very often the confusion and frustration that comes with thinking that a team is Agile when they are not Agile, brings people right back to their old habits of command and control. Creating successful mature Agile teams is not sorcery, you need to discover the secret sauce!

    In this talk, we will reveal our secrets on how to create a successful Agile-Scrum team in 5 sprints. Attendees will learn how we applied our secret sauce as we experimented with more than 30 teams and we refined the know-how. This recipe has proven to be successful in different organizations and teams delivering different types of products. Our Creative-Destruction approach goes through a human change process we labeled The Intervention Plan. The 5 steps are:

    • Step 1: Run in the rain
    • Step 2: Thunderstruck
    • Step 3: Cry over the M&M’s machine
    • Step 4: Open-up and look at the sun
    • Step 5: Removing the training wheels

    And by using these 5 steps, attendees will discover the 5th Agile value!

  • Liked Gil Broza
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Gil Broza - How to Get Your Whole Team Talking

    Gil Broza
    Gil Broza
    Principal Agile Mentor
    3P Vantage
    schedule 1 year ago
    Sold Out!
    90 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    "Agile has too many meetings." "Our meetings are a waste of time." "It's always the same two people talking while everyone else is on their phones or laptops." Indeed, meetings are often pretty bad… but they are also necessary. Agile teams can't fully implement the 3 C’s (communication, collaboration, and consensus) only by inhabiting an open space or using a messaging tool. However, it doesn't take much to make a meeting effective, collaborative, and a welcome experience for its participants. Come to this experiential session to learn 10 simple changes you can make -- without having to become a professional facilitator -- to make your meetings matter.

  • Liked Mishkin Berteig
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Mishkin Berteig - JIRA is the Worst Possible Choice

    60 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    A rant, with evidence, on why electronic tools in general, and JIRA in particular, are anti-Agile.  Participants will use the Agile Manifesto to evaluate the electronic tools they are currently familiar with.   JIRA is used as a case study.

  • Liked Gillian Lee
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Gillian Lee - Minutes to Pin It: How to Get Your Whole Team Agreeing

    60 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    What if your team could share new ideas and make unanimous decisions in minutes?  

    Agile teams need to create and agree on many things such as a definition of done, a sprint plan, and what changes they’ll try in the next sprint based on the most recent retrospective.

    How often have you participated in a meetings where few decisions were made?  Or where the the loudest person in the room made most of the suggestions and dominated your team’s decision making?

    In this interactive workshop, we will practice coming up with new ideas using everybody’s suggestions and making decisions that the whole team agrees on.

    Learn and practice techniques such as Fist-of-Five, Decider Protocol and Resolution Protocol and Shared Visioning with Lego.

    Make group decisions faster, more aligned with the whole team, and more likely to result in follow-through.

  • Liked Siraj Berhan
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Siraj Berhan - Agile Culture Transformation & Breaking Barriers with Open Space

    60 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Agile transformations are exceptionally hard, particularly at very large enterprises. Many companies embark on adopting Agile practices yet fail to reap the benefits of being Agile. For example, focusing on the ceremonies or events of a particular methodology or thinking of Agile as another tool or process instead of realizing that ultimately being Agile is a dramatic shift in mindset and culture. The challenges of an Agile transformation are much more entrenched and compounded at an enterprise level where the difficulty of the transformation is proportional to the scale of the enterprise.

    This talk explores using the concept of an Open Space as a mechanism to evolve the culture of the organization from a siloed command-and-control hierarchy with rigid roles, processes, and procedures to a more fluid collaborative agile environment embodying the agile value of individuals and interactions over processes and tools.

    In this talk will share how to benefit from the journey of a transformation towards an Agile culture using example of applying Open Space across various groups at the Royal Bank of Canada. 

  • Liked Jade Stephen
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Jade Stephen - From dysfunction to cross-function in 8,593 easy steps: Team building at the CBC

    60 mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    When it comes to scaling Agile, there is no one size fits all solution. Frameworks like Scrum and XP prescribe roles, events, artifacts, and rules that make it very clear how interaction should take place within a team. When we begin to add more teams to the mix, communication between teams becomes more complex. This complexity threatens to reduce our transparency and damage our culture. How can we share information, build our culture and work together, all while keeping with Agile values?

    During this session Sam Lightowler and Jade Stephen will take an in depth look at the successes and failures of CBC Digital Operations when it comes to cross-team collaboration and information sharing. We will discuss what meetings and techniques have helped us build a one-team-one-product mindset, a sense of community, and a culture of Collaboration, Learning and Improvement. We will also discuss what we have tried in the past and how learning from those experiments helped us evolve into the agile-friendly and unified team that we are today.

  • Liked thomasjeffrey
    keyboard_arrow_down

    thomasjeffrey - The Agile Ecosystem - Changing the way we think about Organizing to Deliver Value

    thomasjeffrey
    thomasjeffrey
    President
    Agile By Design
    schedule 1 year ago
    Sold Out!
    90 mins
    Workshop
    Advanced

    A key leadership responsibility in today’s enterprises is understanding how to create organizational structure that promotes agility. Most organizations think about their organizations as a hierarchy, with departments dedicated to specialist functions like marketing, finance, or IT. This hierarchy based model can make it very challenging  for knowledge workers to collaborate with each other to the extent necessary to deliver value. Especially when you consider today’s environment of constant change

    With agile becoming increasingly popular, the concept of creating structure based on cross functional self organizing teams is becoming increasingly popular. There are obvious advantages to this approach such as breaking down functional silos, moving employees closer to the customer, and motivating a diverse collection of specialist towards a common goal. Organizations often face challenges when moving from a hierarchical model to one based on agile teams, and they have encountered a number of very serious challenges. 

    Organizational designers often struggle with creating a model that is economically feasible,. The model does not always seem to lend itself to managing scarce expertise. A different type of siloing can occur, where discrete business functions or customer experience teams have very little integration with each other, this can cause crosscutting concerns to the organization to become forgotten, and create an overall loss of organizational cohesion. Team coordination and communication becomes a concern as agile deployment scales to larger and larger efforts.

    Over the last several years I have paid attention to how others are deploying agile at scale, as well as catalog my own experiences in helping customers with changing their team structure to improve agility. The results are a set of patterns that describe different ways teams can be designed to provide effective services their customers, and collaborate with each other. 

    During this session I want to provide participants with a chance to use a set of defined team service and team linking patterns to design an agile ecosystem;  a system of self-organizing, interdependent teams, a system that constantly evolve to organize around value. This session promises to be a hands on, in depth session where attendees will be able to develop a real world example of team organizational structure designed to improve agility in their context. I'll walk attendees through the steps necessary for designers to identify the teams and interactions required to deliver value as well as the the support structures required to enable those teams.

     

    Participants will build a real agile team ecosystem that covers the following steps: 

    • describing the services, clients, and capabilities of your teams, and organize them into higher order missions

    • Applying one or more team delivery patterns

     

    • Applying one or more team linking patterns

    During this session I will facilitate ecosystem design through the use of an agile ecosystem design toolkit. I will use the toolkit to describe the details of each pattern,  including when to use them and some of the benefits and trade-offs required.

  • Liked Paul J. Heidema
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Paul J. Heidema - The Being and Doing of Agile

    60 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Why do so many agile implementations fail? What can be done to improve our success?

    Agile has become a powerful phrase and cultural movement that is often misunderstood and poorly executed. Why, because Agile is seen as another project management tool. Nope. Agile is much more than a set of frameworks, practices, and tools. To get truly long-lasting results that affect the deep culture of an organization, leaders and coaches need to employ both the "Being and Doing" of agile for the greatest chance of success.

    The participants will go through a powerful exercise to see how willing and open they are to the Being of Agile which includes the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto.

    The Being and Doing of Agile Exercise

    Paul Heidema and Wessam Nasser will take the group through a simple and powerful exercise to identify how receptive and willing an organization is towards agile. With more than 10 combined years of helping teams, leaders, and organizations, Paul and Wessam can aid each participant to improve their chances of becoming truly agile.

    Both Paul and Wessam have facilitated this workshop at organizations and public events with positive feedback and energy.

  • Liked Paul J. Heidema
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Paul J. Heidema - Recruitment & Job Seeking in This New Agile World

    60 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    In today's digital landscape, the quest to find talent is moving at a faster rate in this new agile movement. Which creates an interesting playing field for stakeholders such as technical recruiters, scrum masters, agile coaches, software DevOps and other cross-functional team members. Incumbents face critical decisions when it comes to addressing recruitment, the process, the pitfalls and end result.

    Do you struggle to find a job in the agile world? Are you having a hard time recruiting people for your agile role? Are you confused on this new agile movement and how it affects your job seeking or recruitment efforts? Is recruitment ready for the agile movement? Are agile cross functional folks ready for recruitment and its challenges?

    Recruitment and Job Seeking in Agile

    We will take you through our experiences to help make sense of the agile world and how it affects you. Through our experience we will:

    • Discuss our learning of working with organizations looking to hire good people
    • Share insights into how recruiting is changing with the agile movement
    • Present our experience of job seeking for an agile role

    This session is based on plenty of experience of finding agile roles and helping others find agile roles. Paul Heidema is an experienced agile coach and transformation guide that has helped small to large organizations shift towards agile. Mahima Kumar is an experienced recruiter that specializes in finding scrum masters and agile coaches. Zack Muqtadir is an experienced startup leader that recently jumped into the agile world.

  • Liked Paul J. Heidema
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Paul J. Heidema - Build Your Own Value Stream Map with Lean

    60 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Why do so many organizations get stuck in fixing local problems without solving organizational ones? How does a leader or team member see and understand the big picture? Do you struggle with helping your company or clients to understand the entire workflow to be able to make better decisions that can make huge improvements? Would you like a powerful visual tool to express the entire workstream to a large audience so that it is clear what areas need improvement?

    If so, then this is the workshop for you.

    Value Stream Map - Workshop Example

    Each participant will actively participate in learning about, designing your own, and consulting with others to learn the skill of creating effective and meaningful Value Stream Maps. This technique, which comes from Lean manufacturing and is closely connected to Agile, aids leaders and teams in seeing the big picture make meaningful and impactful changes that are both quantitative and qualitative. Let's learn a new skill within 60 minutes.

    Paul Heidema and Junbin Huang have worked in the Agile space for more than 10 years (combined) with a focus on helping teams and organizations to support and lead impactful change at the level of the organization and system.

    We employ powerful agile techniques to inspect the value stream as we build it. Then we improve and adjust to make it more clear. This will enable short cycles of execution and reflection to quickly improve the quality of the value stream map.

  • Liked Tom Sommerville
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Tom Sommerville - Agile PMs!? Say it isn't so!

    Tom Sommerville
    Tom Sommerville
    Agile Coach
    Canada Post
    schedule 10 months ago
    Sold Out!
    60 mins
    Case Study
    Intermediate

    Like many enterprises, Canada Post is grappling with Agile Transformation. We've made a substantial investment in people and space, and have support from senior management. Again in common with many other enterprises undergoing transformation, there are major challenges posed by the legacy of waterfall in our IT practices and processes. One unconventional -- but so far successful -- strategy we're using is to embed Project Managers in our Scrum teams.

    This talk will provide an insiders view of how Canada Post uses PMs to protect our Scrum teams and how this role helps us manage through change.

  • Liked Raj Mudhar
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Raj Mudhar - CAPEX or OPEX? That is the question

    60 mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    As more and more organizations adopt agile software development practices in large and complex environments, IT and corporate Finance teams are struggling to appropriately capitalize agile projects and agile product-based development. Existing organizational models and government regulations are based on traditional methodologies, which track capital and operating expenses of discrete project phases, with clear delineations. How do you decide, measure and track these in an agile environment with delivery phases intertwined within time-boxed cycles? There are opinions, but at Deloitte, we have looked into this challenge and collaborated with our agile and finance experts to develop, test and implement solutions with clients.

    In this talk, we'll share our point of view on the important considerations for accurate and appropriate capitalization in product-based organizations using process frameworks like Scrum.

    Drop in to hear about what we've done and get some ideas on how to move forward with your own capitalization challenges.

    The approach is simple, but more importantly, has been tested in the real world.

  • Liked David van Rees
    keyboard_arrow_down

    David van Rees - Getting into the Flow: Continous Delivery in a Professional Services Context

    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    One week sprints delivering working software every week. This is our holy grail but so many agile teams aren't able to achieve this milestone. Even harder, how can we do this when you are providing project teams to clients? When the Product Owner may not know much about story writing at the start? When projects might be 6 weeks or 6 months or longer?

    This session will be an highly interactive discussion and overview of a way to structure and organize highly agile teams, delivering value immediately and continuously delivering working code in one week sprints. There will be no or minimal slides, facilitator will lead conversation with group in a coaching manner.

    Covers process, quality and technology.

    Audience:
    Beginner to intermediate SM's or Product Owner's

  • Liked jasonlittle
    keyboard_arrow_down

    jasonlittle - How to Interview and Hire an Agile Coach

    jasonlittle
    jasonlittle
    Organizational Change Dood
    Leanintuit
    schedule 11 months ago
    Sold Out!
    60 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    "We seek and Agile Coach/Project Manager to enforce our Agile best practices. The ideal candidate must have the ability to walk on water, magically change all organizational processes, convince executives to just be Agile, and install JIRA. The ideal candidate must be PMP, BsC in Engineering, CSM, CSP, CSPO, PSM I, II and III, SAFe 4.0, MBA of All The Things and other relevant certifications as dictated by our HR department."  Did your Agile Coach end up being a dud? While Agile has largely crossed the chasm, the art of Agile Coaching is one of the most mis-understood roles in the industry today which is why we end up with job postings that cram so much detail into their description . If the coach is helping the team improve, what do the managers do? How do you measure the effectiveness of your coaches? Should Agile Coaching be a permanent structure in your organization, or a temporary one? In this session we'll dymystify Agile Coaching and give you practical tools to figure out the best way to interview, and hire, coaches for your organization.

  • Liked Paul J. Heidema
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Paul J. Heidema - Vital Behaviours of Successful Scrum Masters and How to Make Them Stick

    90 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Agile failure is most felt by Scrum Masters. Why do so many fail to properly support their teams? Why do so many fail to inspire meaningful change in the level of leadership? Why do so many fail to guide transformation in their organisations?

    In this workshop, we will harness the knowledge and experience of the participants! 

    Influencer Book

    Why?
    Because everyone can contribute to the learning of the entire group. It will dynamic, full or energy, and joyful - woohoo!

    Who can benefit the most from the session and the power of harnessing the group?

    • Scrum Masters that are struggling to do this role well
    • Leaders that are not seeing the results needed for an effective Scrum team through a weak/unskilled Scrum Master
    • Agile coaches that are coaching Scrum Masters without meaningful or consistent results
    • Project managers trying to make the transition to becoming a successful Scrum Master

    This workshop will use concepts and the model from the book "Influencer"

    Prepare to work together to co-discover the Scrum Master vital behaviours!

    Many people are taking on the mantle of Scrum Masters across agile teams around the world. Unfortunately, many of them have come from more traditional work structures that don't develop effective Scrum Masters. There is a misconception about the purpose of a Scrum Master. Often the Scrum Master becomes the facilitator or the project manager. This has to stop. Effective leaders, agile coaches, and Scrum Masters take advantage of vital behaviours in supporting scrum masters or by building mastery within these behaviours.

    Influencer - the model

    During this workshop, participants will go through a series of exercises to identify the purpose of a Scrum Master, how we can measure success, identify potential vital behaviours, learn from others to determine the vital behaviours, and then create a sound influence strategy to enable effective Scrum Masters and the work that they do. This workshop will use concepts and the model from the book "Influencer" (by Joseph Grenny et all) which details the three (3) keys to a successful change initiative and uses the six (6)  sources of influence.

    Prepare to work together to co-discover the Scrum Master vital behaviours!

  • Liked Jeff Kosciejew
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Jeff Kosciejew - Conway's Law & Organizational Design

    Jeff Kosciejew
    Jeff Kosciejew
    Agile Coach
    Capital One
    schedule 1 year ago
    Sold Out!
    60 mins
    Panel
    Advanced

    What's the best way to structure an organization? What's the best way to build and align teams?

    Join a panel, which includes Chris Chapman, Mike Kaufman, Peter LePiane, and Geoff Beers, for a discussion and Q&A of what these experienced coaches have seen work, and not work, in various sized organizations. We'll look at organizational design, department design, and team design. We'll dive into the the benefits and pitfalls which come with the coordination and collaboration impacts of these design choices, and frameworks that have been used in various designs.

    And we'll explore starting points to consider for getting started, since we'll find there are no silver bullets for success!

  • Liked Jeff Kosciejew
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Jeff Kosciejew - The Magic of Perception

    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    In this interactive session, we’ll explore how each of us views the world differently and how our perception is shaped by everything we've previously experienced. Through magic, illusions, and an interactive exercise, Jeff reveals the ways our perceptions and biases influence our reality and how our individual realities are unique.

    Discovering your distinct personal perspective by understanding how biases impact how we make sense of the world around us, we can learn to better understand others. We can gain insights which inform our interactions with customers, colleagues, and competitors.

    You'll leave this session with an appreciation for working with others, and approaches to team problem solving in our complex world. No magic spells required.