Integrated Agile: How to gracefully manage the reality of agile mixed with waterfall in today's organizations

location_city Toronto schedule Nov 6th 02:30 - 03:30 PM place Lake Erie people 4 Interested

Agile mixed with Waterfall exists in every product development organization globally, yet current thinking teaches us to crusade for one approach at the expense of the other - an approach that creates unnecessary resistance and alienates people with different perspectives. The question is: How can we manage the reality of a mixed-methods environment while still receiving the intended benefits of both approaches? In this talk, Brock Argue and Erkan Kadir will introduce Integrated Agile, a groundbreaking and practical approach that leverages Polarity Thinking to manage the predictable dynamics between Agile and Waterfall while maximizing the upsides of both approaches.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

Session Outline:

  1. Introductions - 2 mins
  2. The Agile War Zone - The Place in every organization where agile meets waterfall - 2 mins
  3. Introduction to Polarity Management as a tool to manage the Agile War Zone - 3 mins
  4. The four keys to distinguishing problems vs. polarities - 2 mins
  5. Agile isn't a solution because it's one half of a polarity to manage - 3 mins
  6. Demonstration that "Agile and Waterfall" is a polarity - 3 mins
  7. Case Study #1 from our Experience: Managing the "Individuals and Interactions and Processes and Tools" polarity - 5 mins
  8. Case Study #2 from our Experience: Managing the "Working Software and Comprehensive Documentation" polarity - 5 mins
  9. Predictable dynamics: The One-Pole Myth - 2 mins
  10. Why agile transformations fail: A polarity perspective - 2 mins
  11. Polarities that need to be managed in an agile transformation - 3 mins
  12. Predictable dynamics: "The Polarity Two-Step" and "The Merged-Pole Myth" - 3 mins
  13. Case Study #3 from our Experience: Managing the "Customer Collaboration and Contract Negotiation" polarity - 3 mins
  14. The five keys to managing polarities well - 5 mins
  15. Case Study #4 from our Experience: Managing the "Responding to Change and Following a Plan" polarity - 3 mins
  16. Implications of polarities on the Agile Manifesto - 2 mins
  17. Upgrading the Agile Manifesto with the Integrated Agile Manifesto - 3 mins
  18. Further reading and resources - 2 mins
  19. Closing - 2 minutes

Total time: 55 minutes (we've run this session multiple times with live audiences and timed it).

NOTE: This can also be turned into a 90-minute workshop where participants work through a polarity their facing at the end, should that format be more desirable for the conference. 

Learning Outcome

By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  1. Explain why agile mixed with waterfall exists in every product development organization globally.
  2. Discuss the reasons agile transformations fail.
  3. Illustrate that agile is not a solution to a problem. It's one half of a polarity to manage.
  4. Experiment with Polarity Management as a practical tool for managing agile and waterfall.
  5. Describe the Integrated Agile Manifesto.

Target Audience

People working in an environment that has elements of both agile and waterfall. Hint: That's everyone!

Prerequisites for Attendees

Be ready to challenge some long-held assumptions about agile!

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