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Yahoo! has become the premier digital media company with the top Sports, Finance and News sites as well as top rated original video content. Yahoo's Agile journey began as a grass roots movement ...

Yahoo! has become the premier digital media company with the top Sports, Finance and News sites as well as top rated original video content. Yahoo's Agile journey began as a grass roots movement before the pilot program it inspired began in earnest in early 2005. This presentation will describe the ebb and flow of Yahoo's Agile adventures using previously published case studies to show where Yahoo has been, we will examine where Yahoo is today, and suggest a course for tomorrow. This experience report will include challenges and lessons learned.

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The Continuing Adventures of Yahoo's Agile Transformation by Keith Nottonson Presentation Transcript

  • 1. The Continuing Adventures of liYahoo’s Agile Transformation
  • 2. Introduction
  • 3. Keith
  • 4. Yahoo!Yahoo’s Agile Story10 Lessons Learned,AppliedRecommendationsToday & TomorrowTakeaways
  • 5. Yahoo!
  • 6. 180 millioninmillionthree258 as many371.6 million topTwice#1 globallyMore than 13homepage personalmonthly24 asunique visitors7003 1320 the to nearest millionTopin Finance, Sports, and#1 in 11 unique theglobally categoriesNews,invisitors homepage everyproperties thevisitorsunique with 51.7Yahoo! millionvariationscategories globally. of#1worldwide. Network.more. U.S. the U.S. thein the U.S. inworldwide.categories globally.Yahoo! Newscompetitor.homepagesunique visitors.day.(comScore Media Metrix, Worldwide, October 2011)(comScore Media Metrix, U.S., October 2011 2011)(Yahoo! internal data, August 2011) October 2011)(comScore Media Metrix, Worldwide, Ocrtober U.S., October 2011)
  • 7. Scale
  • 8. Distributed
  • 9. Open
  • 10. Yahoo’sAgile Story
  • 11. In the Beginning… From Gabrielle Benefield’s “Rolling out Agile in a Large Enterprise” http://assets.scrumfoundation.com/downloads/6/YahooAgileRollout.pdf?1286089611
  • 12. the ebb and flow
  • 13. Yahoo! Video
  • 14. 2007 Agile Conference
  • 15. Yahoo! Finance Swim Lanes added Lower priority High priority Sprint 82 Bugle project Ongoing release Site Up projects identified The board makes readily visible the variety and amount of work the team is doing and shows where this work is in the software pipeline. Now we start measuring…
  • 16. Yahoo! Sports
  • 17. Yet Another Pilot
  • 18. •Sponsorship •Funding •SocializingQ1 2011
  • 19. •Commitment •Communication•Charter Community Q2 2011
  • 20. Yahoo! Homepage
  • 21. •Executive Training •Team Workshops •Seeding Teams Q3 2011
  • 22. •Visits •Growing •CommunityQ4 2011
  • 23. •Adoption Steady State •Local Communities •Outside Product Q1 2012
  • 24. 10 Lessons Learned, Applied For this section we compared the 10 Lessons Learned fromGabrielle Benefield’s “Rolling out Agile in a Large Enterprise” with what we are doing now 4 years later. http://assets.scrumfoundation.com/downloads/6/YahooAgileRollout.pdf?1286089611
  • 25. Implement Solid EngineeringPractices
  • 26. Align with Management
  • 27. Design:Find Common Ground
  • 28. Align withProject Management
  • 29. Coach. Don’t Dictate.
  • 30. Privacy is Important
  • 31. Don’t ExpectEverybody to Like It
  • 32. Fund the Coaching TeamAdequately
  • 33. Coach Deep, Not Broad
  • 34. The Organization MustAlso Adapt
  • 35. Recommendations
  • 36. Seek Expert Help
  • 37. Think Globally, Act Locally
  • 38. Scale Virtually
  • 39. Focus on Principles
  • 40. Where Yahoo is today…
  • 41. …and where we are going tomorrow
  • 42. OrganizationalTransformation
  • 43. Experiment with Kanban
  • 44. Lean Everything
  • 45. Takeaways (If I knew then, what I know now)
  • 46. Create Space
  • 47. 1. Stand-ups2. Retrospectives3. Time boxes
  • 48. Keep Shape
  • 49. 1. Automation2. Visibility3. Cadence
  • 50. Style of Play
  • 51. 1. Transparency2. Trust3. Flow
  • 52. You have to take risks. You have to venture beyondyour comfort zone. If something does not work thefirst time, you have to try again. If one thing does notwork, you have to try something else. You have to letthem feel pain. You have to keep it fun. And youhave to keep giving energy and love, because fallingdown hurts, but learning to run is freedom.
  • 53. Questions?
  • 54. To learn more contact keithn@yahoo-inc.com