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Fragile to Agile - DSDM Member Day Birmingham 14-03-2014

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These are the supporting slides for a case study. The presentation shares 10 lessons from a current project. The project started with a loose adoption of Agile. After initial problems, DSDM principles …

These are the supporting slides for a case study. The presentation shares 10 lessons from a current project. The project started with a loose adoption of Agile. After initial problems, DSDM principles have been applied to gradually improve the project outcomes.

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  • 1. From Fragile to Agile DSDM Member Day March 13th 2014 David Blamire-Brown
  • 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. Outline • Project Background • Where we are now • 10 Lessons • Summary
  • 4. Project Background By Department for Communities and Local Government(CC BY-ND-2.0) via Flickr
  • 5. Where we are now By Peter aka anemoneprojectors (CC BY-SA-2.0) via Flickr
  • 6. 10 Lessons
  • 7. “Do you believe in fairies? Say quick that you believe. If you believe, clap your hands!” James M. Barrie (Peter Pan, 1904)
  • 8. Lesson #1 Agile is not Magic Pixie Dust.
  • 9. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lau Tzu (604 BC - 531 BC)
  • 10. Lesson #2 Invest time in team building at project start-up
  • 11. “When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.” Creighton Abrams (1914 - 1974)
  • 12. Lesson #3 You can (and should) treat requirements & designs as products of iterations
  • 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. Lesson #4 Do not try to force a project to follow “unnatural” plans
  • 15. “Principle 4 - Never compromise quality” DSDM Atern Manual
  • 16. Lesson #5 Invest time in building regression test packs as you go along and never under-estimate data migration
  • 17. “If everybody looked the same, we’d get tired of looking at each other.” Groove Armada, 1999
  • 18. Lesson #6 Do not adopt a one-size- fits all approach within the project
  • 19. “Computers are like bikinis. They save people a lot of guesswork.” Sam Ewing (1920 – 2001)
  • 20. Lesson #7 Online tools really do work for collaboration
  • 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. Lesson #8 Agile communication helps to reduce the impact of problems
  • 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. Lesson #9 Aim for the smallest possible lead time between capturing requirements and sizing the work
  • 25. “Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.” Jim Morrison (1943 - 1971)
  • 26. Lesson #10 Retrospectives & learning are vital to improve chances of success
  • 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. 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. “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. The End David Blamire-Brown SCISYS UK Ltd @DBB_pro david.blamirebrown@scisys.co.uk 01249 466496