Overcoming Three Pitfalls of Transitioning to Agile
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There are many pitfalls when teams transition to agile. Here are three common pitfalls I have seen.

There are many pitfalls when teams transition to agile. Here are three common pitfalls I have seen.

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  • Great selection of pitfalls to focus on! The other big one I see all the time is in expectation (mis)management to stakeholders / sponsors.
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  • OvercomingThree Pitfalls ofTransitioning to AgileJohanna RothmanNew: Hiring GeeksThat Fitwww.jrothman.com@johannarothmanjr@jrothman.com781-641-4046
  • © 2013 Johanna Rothman2Three Common Pitfalls to AgileTransition21.Stories too big for the iteration2.“We need an expert!”3.Implementation across the architecture, not through it
  • © 2013 Johanna Rothman“The Iteration isToo Short” akaThe Stories areToo Big3We can’t get anything done in 2 weeksWe can’t get anything done in 3 weeksWe can’t get anything done in 4 weeks...Stories are humungousWhat do you do?
  • © 2013 Johanna RothmanStrategies for “Stories are too Big”Swarm around storiesWhat’s the first thing you can dothat adds business value?Shorten the iterationsUse kanban so you can see theflow of features through theteams and see bottlenecks(visualize where things are)Stop estimating; Start delivering4
  • © 2013 Johanna RothmanExperts are Rampant“I’ll take this story. John will take that story. Dan takes thisstory.”“We need an expert for that story.”5
  • © 2013 Johanna RothmanStrategies for “We Need Experts”Never let the expert work alonePair the expert with another personPair other people togetherBanish the expert and let the teammanage the problemStagger the projects to use the expertHire more expertsUnderstand why you have this problem6
  • © 2013 Johanna RothmanImplementationThrough theArchitectureAn artifact of component-based organization7
  • © 2013 Johanna Rothman8WhatYouWant to Implement
  • © 2013 Johanna RothmanStay inTouch?Upcoming book: Agile and Lean Program Management:Collaborating Across the Organization on leanpubMuch more on jrothman.comwww.jrothman.com/pragmaticmanagerwww.jrothman.com/blog/mpdPlease link with me on LinkedIn9