Agile Executive Forum: Agile and Outsourcing

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Agile and Outsourcing Presentation by Thomas Mikkelsen at the Agile Executive Forum hosted by Orange and Bronze Software Labs.

October 26, 2011

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Agile Executive Forum: Agile and Outsourcing

  1. 1. Agile and OutsourcingThomas MikkelsenCOO, Codelean Inc. The Agile outsourcing alternative in the Philippines
  2. 2. Agile and Outsourcing The AgileAgile outsourcing alternative inPhilippines The outsourcing alternative in the the Philippines
  3. 3. Who I Am• Name: Thomas Mikkelsen• Title: COO of Codelean• 12 years experience from the IT industry• Working with agile in the past 6 years• Past experiences includes working for IBM, Maersk and the banking industry in Denmark. The Agile outsourcing alternative in the Philippines
  4. 4. Overview of Presentation• Brief intro to Scrum• Scrum in outsourcing• Common pitfalls• Question and answers The Agile outsourcing alternative in the Philippines
  5. 5. What is ScrumThis is a Scrum The Agile outsourcing alternative in the Philippines
  6. 6. What is Scrum• Scrum is a lightweight framework• Scrum is easy to understand• Scrum is a framework within witch people can address complex adaptive problems• Scrum is hard to master The Agile outsourcing alternative in the Philippines
  7. 7. Scrum ProcessThe Agile outsourcing alternative in the Philippines
  8. 8. Roles in Scrum• Product Owner• Scrum Master • Scrum Team• Development Team The Agile outsourcing alternative in the Philippines
  9. 9. Role location in Outsourcing Located anywhere in the worldDoes this set up work with Scrum? Yes, but there are some pitfallsLocated in the Philippines The Agile outsourcing alternative in the Philippines
  10. 10. Pitfall #1 Problem • Product Owner doesn’t do Scrum • Writes waterfall style specifications • Tries to fit Scrum into existing project model Suggested Solution•Scrum Master needs to step in and help Product Owner to do Scrum•Scrum Master might even have to do more traditional Project Management work•It is still important to shield the team from the outside world The Agile outsourcing alternative in the Philippines
  11. 11. Pitfall #2 Problem • Product Owner not available for clarification • Due to time difference PO is not available to clarify user stories • Leading to team having idle time Suggested Solution•Make a timeboxed period of time every day, where all parties have to be available•Have a Product Owner substitute onside with the development team•Alternatively start work on other work items in the sprint backlog The Agile outsourcing alternative in the Philippines
  12. 12. Pitfall #3 Problem • Stake holders compare burn down rates • Happens when someone is against outsourcing • Compares old in-house burndown rate vs outsourced burndown Suggested Solution•Scrum Master and Product Owner should explain that burndown ratesare not comparable•Product Owner should get other stakeholders involved to remove themisunderstand to spread The Agile outsourcing alternative in the Philippines
  13. 13. Any questions? The Agile outsourcing alternative in the Philippines

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