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Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!
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Top Ways Agile Adoption Fails, How to Avoid Them!

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This was a webinar I offered to discuss real world reasons behind Agile adoption failure and the success factors for avoiding them. You can watch the video of the webinar here:

This was a webinar I offered to discuss real world reasons behind Agile adoption failure and the success factors for avoiding them. You can watch the video of the webinar here:

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  • 1. Top Reasons Agile Adoption Fails and How to Avoid Them! Presenter: Sally Elatta 1
  • 2. About Sally • Sally Elatta • Leading Agile Transformation Coach and Trainer • Background: Java/.Net Software Architect • Certified Scrum Practitioner & ScrumMaster • Certified IBM, Sun, Microsoft Professional • Taught over 1000+ and helped coach over 20+ teams • Sally@AgileTransformation.com I am simply a transformer. Someone who is really passionate about transforming individuals, teams and organizations to doing what they do better. I value instilling soft skills and leadership qualities in the people I coach. I believe in Servant Leadership as the way to lead change and create a culture of empowered teams, as opposed to Command and Control. 1 2 copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 2
  • 3. The manifesto’s shared value statement: “We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value: Individuals & interactions Over Processes & Tools Working Software Over Comprehensive Documentation Customer Collaboration Over Contract Negotiation Responding to Change Over Following a Plan “That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.” copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 3
  • 4. Project Management Engineering Principles Principles (TDD, Continuous Integration, (Release Planning, Sprint and Refactoring ..etc) Iteration Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Demo and Retrospective ..etc) copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 4
  • 5. Agile Characteristics Product Backlog Test Driven Development Business / IT as One Team copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 5
  • 6. Work Breakdown Process Product Sprint Product Backlog Backlog Tasks Owner Each story is broken Sprint 1 thinks of down into tasks. Each New Idea team member signs up Sprint 2 for tasks and provides estimates of effort. Sprint 3 Sprint 4 Each Iteration is 1 – 4 weeks in length. Multiple iterations Sprint N make up a Release. Features/Stories Small Stories copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 6
  • 7. Sample Backlog copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 7
  • 8. How to Avoid Agile Failure!  Process Management Product Owner Team copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 8
  • 9. Process Success Factors  Please .. Try a successful Agile recipe first before customizing it!  Do understand the motivation behind a specific practice before dropping it.  Do start with a Pilot, prove success, inspect and adapt, then adopt at scale. (avoid too big, too fast)  Do have a thought out adoption rollout plan.  Avoid the ‘Checklist Agile’ adoption by also transforming soft skills and leadership.  Avoid WAGILE! copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 9
  • 10. Process Success Factors ..  Develop new incentives that recognize team delivery instead of individual delivery.  Do go through Release Planning and Iteration 0.  Do use expert coaches to help through initial phases.  Do pre-planning on iteration ahead of the other.  Do understand what is ‘Just Enough’ documentation.  Do factor in dependency and proof of concept stories upfront during release planning.  Do breakdown stories to the right size. copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 10
  • 11. Process Success Factors ..  Develop new incentives that recognize team delivery instead of individual delivery.  Do go through Release Planning and Iteration 0.  Do use expert coaches to help through initial phases.  Do pre-planning on iteration ahead of the other.  Do understand what is ‘Just Enough’ documentation.  Do factor in dependency and proof of concept stories upfront during release planning.  Do breakdown stories to the right size.  Do solve the organizational impediments Agile exposes. copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 11
  • 12. copyright © Sally Elatta 2010
  • 13. Management Success Factors  Management ‘genuine’ buy-in to giving Agile a chance.  Converting from ‘Command and Control’ to ‘Servant Leadership’.  Trust the team to self-manage, but provide leadership.  Control resource shifting and multi-tasking.  Structure the teams so they can get a story ‘done’, reduce dependencies. copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 13
  • 14. Management Success Factors ..  Celebrate success, even small wins, and show confidence.  Support the Agile practices yourself. Agile requires discipline at all levels. Support new ScrumMasters and watch against reverting to form.  Avoid Agile Team burn-out!  Remove impediments quickly. Don’t be one  copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 14
  • 15. Product Owner Success Factors  Educate the business side early (not just IT) on Agile, get their buy-in.  Help the Product Owner develop a realistic plan/schedule for team collaboration.  The right Product Owner should lead with a strong vision and passion for success.  She/he should be Knowledgeable, Empowered and Engaged with the team.  Manages and controls scope changes.  Not the ScrumMaster. copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 15
  • 16. Product Owner Success Factors ..  Manages stakeholder expectations and solicits feedback. Invites them to demos/reviews.  Focus team on top priority stories.  Provides early and frequent testing feedback to the team.  Encourages, supports and motivates the team to continuously improve and deliver the right product.  Keeps an eye on the vision ahead.  Collaborates with the team to develop a release plan that meets the vision. copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 16
  • 17. Team Success Factors  Team is trained and ‘genuinely’ interested in giving the new processes a chance.  Team members represent cross-functional roles that collaborate daily to get stories ‘Done’. Team is empowered and engaged. They sign up for tasks, provide realistic estimates, make realistic iteration commitments. Members create their team norms, define ‘Done’, have mutual accountability. copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 17
  • 18. Team Success Factors ..  Developers deliver small testable code every day.  Team is co-located as much as possible.  Team measures progress in terms of story points accepted by product owner.  Team tracks tasks and progress visibly.  Team members provide input to continuously improve processes.  Team members care about quality and focus on ways to reduce defects. copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 18
  • 19. copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 19
  • 20. How We Can Help Real World Workshops Real World Coaching • Management and Business • Agile Project Jump Start Overview of Agile/Lean Coaching • Real World Agile and • Leadership Coaching Scrum team training + • Full Time Project Jump Start ScrumMasters • Effective Facilitation & • Troubled Project Requirements Gathering Assessment & Recovery • Servant Leadership • Enterprise • Agile Project Estimating Transformation and Planning Roadmap Development and Execution • Engineering Best Practices • … More! copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 20
  • 21. Real World Agile and Scrum • copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 21
  • 22. Evaluations for Real World Agile copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 22
  • 23. Servant Leadership • copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 23
  • 24. Evaluations for Servant Leadership copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 24
  • 25. Effective Facilitation • copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 25
  • 26. Evaluations for Facilitation copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 26
  • 27. Requirements Gathering • copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 27
  • 28. • My Article: http://tinyurl.com/6h5mam 28
  • 29. Contact Us United States  402 212-3211 Web  www.AgileTransformation.com  www.AgileTraining.com Email  Sally@AgileTransformation.com copyright © Sally Elatta 2010 29

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