10 things executives need to know about agile

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This is my list of the top 10 things executives need to know about Agile Software Development. …

This is my list of the top 10 things executives need to know about Agile Software Development.

#1 Agile Is Mainstream
#2 Many Benefits from Agile
#3 Agile is not a Silver Bullet
#4 Agile Fails Due to Culture
#5 Agile Differs from Most Company Cultures
#6 Most Value Comes from Mindset/Culture, not Practices
#7 Adopt Agile Practices that fit Culture (Option 1)
#8 Change Culture through Organizational Transformation (Option 2)
#9 Culture Mismatch will Slow and Ultimately Fail Your Agile Initiative
#10 Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

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  • 1. 10 Things Executives Need toKnow About Agile@MichaelSahota Image CC: http://venomspartan.deviantart.com/art/Money-151197586
  • 2. #1 Agile Is MainstreamSource: VersionOne 2012 Annual State of Agile Development Surveyhttp://www.versionone.com/state-of-agile-survey-results/
  • 3. #2 Many Benefits from AgileSource: VersionOne 2012 Annual State of Agile Development Surveyhttp://www.versionone.com/state-of-agile-survey-results/Manage Changing PrioritiesProductivityVisibilityTeam MoraleQuality➡Risk
  • 4. #3 Agile is not a Silver BulletCC Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/
  • 5. #4 Agile Fails Due to CultureSources: Multiple Workshops with 100’s of participants; Version One Surveyhttp://agilitrix.com/2012/08/agile-2012-workshop-results/
  • 6. #5
  • 7. #6 Most Value Comes from Mindset/Culture, not Practices
  • 8. #7 Adopt Agile Practices that fit Culture(Option 1)Example: Introducing automatedtesting to reduce regression testcosts and time.Find the practice(puzzle piece) thatfits your problem.
  • 9. #8 Change Culture throughOrganizational Transformation (Option 2)“75% of a company’s managementis honestly convinced that businessas usual is totally unacceptable.”- John Kotter
  • 10. #9 Culture Mismatch will Slow and Ultimately FailYour Agile InitiativeAvoid seductive fantasy that Agilepractices will change your Culture.They won’t.
  • 11. #10 Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast
  • 12. What Next? Two Conversations1. What does break-throughorganizational culture look like?2. What does organizationaltransformation look like?
  • 13. Contact me for Helpmichael.sahota@agilitrix.comFree eBook,Videos, Blog Posts:http://agilitrix.com/agile-adoption-transformation-resource/@MichaelSahotaSlides are