Gateway reviews - waterfall based or agile ready?


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Assurance of agile projects conference 27th November 2013

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Gateway reviews - waterfall based or agile ready?

  1. 1. Brian Wernham Gateway reviews: Waterfall biased or Agile ready? @BrianUkulele Visit for delegates’ 50% discount
  2. 2. Why are YOU here today? What is ‘Agile’? ‘Agile’ only for web development? ‘Agile’ only for tiny stuff? ‘Agile’ = loss of ‘Agile’ in control? mission critical projects? What is ‘DSDM’? What is ‘Scrum’? Gated assurance processes for agile projects? @BrianUkulele 2
  3. 3. This talk: What are Gateway reviews? What is ‘Agile’? Can a Gated approach be used to assure ‘Agile’ projects? … and what about complex change programmes? @BrianUkulele 3
  4. 4. Waterfall projects drive a waterfall assurance approach… Traditional Project Design Build Test Deploy White box Assurance ‘P’ Level Process Assurance
  5. 5. Waterfall - Let’s dig deeper… What is the waterfall approach? Why does it often cause problems on innovation projects? What are Gateway Reviews? Do Gateway reviews reinforce weaknesses in the waterfall model? @BrianUkulele 5
  6. 6. The “Big Design Up Front” mind-set I had better ask for all possible features… At last – a chance to get what I want! @BrianUkulele 6
  7. 7. The Big Design Up Front is born… @BrianUkulele 7
  8. 8. The result of Big Design Up Front… 8
  9. 9. @BrianUkulele 9
  10. 10. As difficult as trying to swim up a waterfall… @BrianUkulele 10
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  13. 13. Gateway reviews – as interpreted for waterfall projects Source: Welsh Government 2012 @BrianUkulele Acronyms: - Strategic Outline Case (SOC) - Outline Business Case (OBC) - Full Business Case (FBC) 13
  14. 14. What does an ‘Agile’ project look like: - a governance perspective Innovation project P/type P/type P/type P/type 14
  15. 15. Examples of Agile Methods - A project level method: ‘DSDM’ Source: DSDM Consortium (DSDM = Driving Strategy, Delivering More) 15
  16. 16. Examples of Agile Methods - A team level method: ‘Scrum’ Source: Mike Cohn 16
  17. 17. ‘Agile’ projects invert the ‘irontriangle’: Source: DSDM Consortium 17
  18. 18. Don’t be slaves to process! 18
  19. 19. Be outcome focussed: 19
  20. 20. ‘O’ for Outcome Assurance… ‘P’ Level Process Assurance 20
  21. 21. Taking an appropriate assurance approach… Traditional Project Innovation project Hybrid Programme Traditional Project Design Build P/type Innovation Project P/type Test Deploy Traditional Project P/type Innovation Project White box Assurance Hybrid Assurance P/type Black box Assurance 21
  22. 22. Annual ‘O’ Gates Programme Gateway Reviews Programme Close ‘O’ Gate Project Strategic Assessment Initial Gate ‘O’ Strategic Assessment Hybrid Gate Assurance? ‘P’ level Gates 1-5 repeated Process for each project Assurance ‘O’ Level Gate 0 repeated Outcome annually Assurance Source: Welsh Government 2012 – amended to correctly show iterative Gates O @BrianUkulele 22
  23. 23. Managing and assuring agile/waterfall hybrid change programmes – a recent article… @BrianUkulele
  24. 24. Thanks for listening! Blog: @BrianUkulele Visit for delegates’ 50% discount 24
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