The Seed: The Lone Agile Project
Agile development has been growing for some time, often fueled by engineers themselves who are excited by its promise of leaner, more flexible development. Similarly, at CA Clarity PPM, a project was initiated that was driven primarily by engineers – a technology project – and it was run using Agile. The engineers were excited. They created a backlog, formed scrum teams, ran sprints, held daily scrum meetings, and maintained burn-down charts. A lot of truly great innovation and engineering was accomplished. And the team morale was great. But there were problems: mainly the team was largely cloaked from the rest of the company. Executives and Program Managers had no clear idea of where the project stood. What had been accomplished? Was it on track? What could we see? As the larger demands of the organization changed, it was hard to make meaningful decisions on how the Agile project fit in, or if and how it should change to align best with overall strategy.