The Road to Agile from the Bottom Up
What happens when those that work the trench day in and day out see a need for change? What if that change is a shift in how everyone works and when discussed at a broader level everyone thinks they are already working like this but in fact they have just picked up on a bit of the lingo.
Originally adopting agile as a method to close the gap between development and test, I will walk through how the teams working agile like influenced wider scale changes, how these changes have lead to greater customer satisfaction, better adherence to release schedules and better productivity. In true Agile fashion our adoption of Agile was iterative focusing on key problem areas each iteration to eventually get us to a point where after each sprint we had potentially shippable code. As the saying goes no pain no gain, and our road to agile is no exception, I will share some of the pains and certainly some of our successes in our ever evolving road to agile.
Outline/structure of the Session
I have presented this at the Targeting Quality Conference and at a local users group in Kitchener Waterloo. This is a case study that fits well in a 60 minute timeslot with about 5-10 min of Q&A at the end and room for interaction at two key points through the presentation.
Timetable is as follows:
Speaker and topic intro – 5min
Why change was needed – 5min
The 3 major phases of change in of our Agile adoption – 25-30min
What had to change – 5min
Signs of danger -5min
Benefits / Conclusion – 5min
Q&A – 5-10min
As I describe the phases of change in the case study and the summarized case study I engage the audience to share their own experiences. Encouraging the audience to think and relate the presentation to their own experiences better enables them to apply the concepts back at their own
Attendees will leave with an understanding of key agile concepts and how one large enterprise company adopted key concepts in an iterative manner that led to greater team engagement, customer satisfactions and reduced cost. They will also leave with key warning signs or signs of danger as I call them, these are areas to avoid.
Those looking to make a change but are unsure where to start or those that are mid change but struggle with progressing to and reaching the goals they have set.