How do we
Question # 1
Do you know why you
do what you do?
Question # 2
How well do you know
what values people have?
At the core of agile are values of flexibility,
individual interaction, focus on
outputs, and collaboration over more
rigid planning-driven approaches.
Recognizing individual team members as
intelligent, skilled professional agents,
and placing a value on their autonomy
is fundamental to all other practices.
Agile particularly lends itself to working in
an environment where the inevitability of
change is acknowledged and accepted.
Question # 3
How do you find out
what to work on?
Operational agility implies an ability to
respond quickly to shifts in demand
or customer preference within the
boundaries of an existing business model.
Agility is not just the ability to change. It is
a cultivated capability that enables an
organization to respond in a timely,
effective, and sustainable way when
changing circumstances require it.
You can pull resources from slower
declining businesses and put them against
faster growing or more promising
Question # 4
How do you find out
what not to work on?
Managing agile organizations means being
willing to give up the activities that make
you successful today but that won’t be
Agile methods are a reaction to the
bureaucracy, planning, and inflexibility of
the waterfall approach.
Large projects are chopped into a series of
A sprint – or iteration – is a predefined,
time-boxed, and recurring block of time, for
example 2 weeks, in which the product,
for example software, is created.
https://resources.sei.cmu.edu/asset_files/TechnicalNote/2013_004_001_62918.pdf p. 42.
Define work goals
before each cycle starts.
Question # 6
To what extent does the
In agile development, the customer
becomes part of the development
More customer collaboration.
Less contract negotation.
Question # 7
How much do you use
social media and
To keep all employees focused on the
external environment, DaVita HealthCare
Partners Inc. abandoned the organization chart.
For an agile team to be able to adapt,
information must be open and
Question # 9
To what extent do you
keep things simple?
Simplicity - the art of maximizing the amount
of work not done - is essential.
Keep things as simple as possible as long as
To increase IT agility, reduce
the number of systems.
Question # 10
How often do you
try out ideas / test?
Effective testing and innovation activities range
from gathering further intelligence, to trying
out new ideas on a small scale, to
implementing full-scale product development