From Fragile to Agile
DSDM Member Day
March 13th 2014
David Blamire-Brown
“Oh what a tangled web we weave.
When first we practice to
deceive.”
Sir Walter Scott (Marmion, 1808)
By mate2code (Own wo...
Outline
• Project Background
• Where we are now
• 10 Lessons
• Summary
Project Background
By Department for Communities and Local Government(CC BY-ND-2.0) via Flickr
Where we are now
By Peter aka anemoneprojectors (CC BY-SA-2.0) via Flickr
10 Lessons
“Do you believe in fairies? Say
quick that you believe. If you
believe, clap your hands!”
James M. Barrie (Peter Pan, 1904)
Lesson #1
Agile is not Magic Pixie
Dust.
“A journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single step.”
Lau Tzu (604 BC - 531 BC)
Lesson #2
Invest time in team
building at project start-up
“When eating an elephant take
one bite at a time.”
Creighton Abrams (1914 - 1974)
Lesson #3
You can (and should) treat
requirements & designs as
products of iterations
“God, grant me the serenity to
accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things
I can,
And wisdom to kn...
Lesson #4
Do not try to force a
project to follow
“unnatural” plans
“Principle 4 - Never compromise
quality”
DSDM Atern Manual
Lesson #5
Invest time in building
regression test packs as
you go along and never
under-estimate data
migration
“If everybody looked the same,
we’d get tired of looking at each
other.”
Groove Armada, 1999
Lesson #6
Do not adopt a one-size-
fits all approach within the
project
“Computers are like bikinis. They
save people a lot of guesswork.”
Sam Ewing (1920 – 2001)
Lesson #7
Online tools really do work
for collaboration
“One can never know with perfect
accuracy both of those two important
factors which determine the movement
of one of the s...
Lesson #8
Agile communication helps
to reduce the impact of
problems
“If pain must come, may it come
quickly. Because I have a life to live,
and I need to live it in the best way
possible. If...
Lesson #9
Aim for the smallest
possible lead time between
capturing requirements and
sizing the work
“Some of the worst mistakes of
my life have been haircuts.”
Jim Morrison (1943 - 1971)
Lesson #10
Retrospectives & learning
are vital to improve
chances of success
Summary
• Agile is not Magic Pixie Dust
• Invest time in team building at project
start-up
• You can (and should) treat
re...
Summary
• Do not adopt a one-size-fits all
approach within the project
• Newer tools really do work for
collaboration
• Ag...
“The ships hung in the sky in
much the same way that bricks
don't.”
Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide
to the Galaxy, 1...
The End
David Blamire-Brown
SCISYS UK Ltd
@DBB_pro
david.blamirebrown@scisys.co.uk
01249 466496
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  1. 1. From Fragile to Agile DSDM Member Day March 13th 2014 David Blamire-Brown
  2. 2. “Oh what a tangled web we weave. When first we practice to deceive.” Sir Walter Scott (Marmion, 1808) By mate2code (Own work) (CC-BY-3.0) via Wikimedia Commons
  3. 3. Outline • Project Background • Where we are now • 10 Lessons • Summary
  4. 4. Project Background By Department for Communities and Local Government(CC BY-ND-2.0) via Flickr
  5. 5. Where we are now By Peter aka anemoneprojectors (CC BY-SA-2.0) via Flickr
  6. 6. 10 Lessons
  7. 7. “Do you believe in fairies? Say quick that you believe. If you believe, clap your hands!” James M. Barrie (Peter Pan, 1904)
  8. 8. Lesson #1 Agile is not Magic Pixie Dust.
  9. 9. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lau Tzu (604 BC - 531 BC)
  10. 10. Lesson #2 Invest time in team building at project start-up
  11. 11. “When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.” Creighton Abrams (1914 - 1974)
  12. 12. Lesson #3 You can (and should) treat requirements & designs as products of iterations
  13. 13. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr attrib. (The Serenity Prayer, 1943)
  14. 14. Lesson #4 Do not try to force a project to follow “unnatural” plans
  15. 15. “Principle 4 - Never compromise quality” DSDM Atern Manual
  16. 16. Lesson #5 Invest time in building regression test packs as you go along and never under-estimate data migration
  17. 17. “If everybody looked the same, we’d get tired of looking at each other.” Groove Armada, 1999
  18. 18. Lesson #6 Do not adopt a one-size- fits all approach within the project
  19. 19. “Computers are like bikinis. They save people a lot of guesswork.” Sam Ewing (1920 – 2001)
  20. 20. Lesson #7 Online tools really do work for collaboration
  21. 21. “One can never know with perfect accuracy both of those two important factors which determine the movement of one of the smallest particles - its position and its velocity. It is impossible to determine accurately both the position and the direction and speed of a particle at the same instant.” Werner Heisenberg (Die Physik der Atomkerne, 1952)
  22. 22. Lesson #8 Agile communication helps to reduce the impact of problems
  23. 23. “If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him.” Paulo Coelho (By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, 1994)
  24. 24. Lesson #9 Aim for the smallest possible lead time between capturing requirements and sizing the work
  25. 25. “Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.” Jim Morrison (1943 - 1971)
  26. 26. Lesson #10 Retrospectives & learning are vital to improve chances of success
  27. 27. Summary • Agile is not Magic Pixie Dust • Invest time in team building at project start-up • You can (and should) treat requirements & designs as products of iterations • Do not try to force a project to follow “unnatural” plans • Invest time in building regression test packs as you go along and never under-estimate data migration
  28. 28. Summary • Do not adopt a one-size-fits all approach within the project • Newer tools really do work for collaboration • Agile communication helps to reduce the impact of problems • Aim for the smallest possible lead time between capturing requirements and sizing the work • Retrospectives & learning are vital to improve chances of success
  29. 29. “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.” Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 1979) Don’t let your questions hang
  30. 30. The End David Blamire-Brown SCISYS UK Ltd @DBB_pro david.blamirebrown@scisys.co.uk 01249 466496

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