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Agile Firepower - Strategic Portfolio and Resource Management for Agile teams


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Guillaume Marceau will present his innovative solution to portfolio and resource management: firepower. With firepower, Guillaume is able to allocate multiple resources across dozens of ongoing parallel initiatives, while avoiding over-committing and preserving the ability to adjust each week. Firepower enables IT to provide full visibility into the way IT resources are being allocated, so we can be sure that what we are doing matches the strategic business goals. Firepower runs on top of JIRA, and incorporates daily statistics so we know what people _actually_ worked on as opposed to what we planned to work on. At BrightPower, firepower has transformed the conversation between business and IT, helping to set expectations and enable IT and business to engage in meaningful strategic dialog. Firepower sharpened everyone’s perception and enabled them to focus on the most important initiatives. It communicates in a simple and visceral way how our limited IT resources are deployed, and the fact that adding another active task has to be balanced with reducing efforts elsewhere or adding capability.

We are super excited to see Guillaume demonstrate this solution, because too many times we have seen and lived the alternatives.

It doesn’t matter how agile specific teams are if management keeps jamming too much work into the system, they will not be effective they will spend too much time task switching. Also it doesn’t matter how reliably and with quality teams deliver software; if the expectations of management are so far out of line, they will still be perceived as not delivering.

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Agile Firepower - Strategic Portfolio and Resource Management for Agile teams

  1. 1. December 27, 2019 Strategic Portfolio and Resource Management for Agile teams Agile Firepower Guillaume Marceau Director of Software Development
  2. 2. Hi! 1. What is this French accent I can’t quite place? 2. Will I be able to understand the talk despite it? 3. Why is software development hard?
  3. 3. Hi! 1. French Canadian accent 2. We will get scientific data 3. That is a very good question
  4. 4. Background
  5. 5. How do I let the CEO know that this project is impossible? cred. Jonathan Rasmusson, The Agile Samurai.
  6. 6. When is it going to be done?
  7. 7. UFO: Unforeseen Work due to Occlusion.
  8. 8. 96 tickets 79 tickets UFO = 1.21
  9. 9. I can’t decide. Can we do everything at the same time?
  10. 10. Firepower Tracking The project is not done yet because… • Implementation proceeded slowly or • We tried to do everything at once (10 projects assigned to a 5-devs team)
  11. 11. Focused Firepower n developers One quarter
  12. 12. Focused Firepower Project #1 Project #2 Project #4 Project #5 Project #6 Value delivered
  13. 13. Everything is #1 Project #1(f) Project #1(e) Project #1(d) Project #1(c) Project #1(b) Project #1(a) Value delivered?
  14. 14. Firepower Report
  15. 15. The Firepower Trick • Record which tickets are in flight • as well as who is working on which • You already have this information! • Jira + Stand up
  16. 16. The Firepower Trick
  17. 17. Firepower: Resource Management In a given week… • If we work on 1 projects, it gets 100% of the firepower • If we work on 2 projects, they get 50% of the firepower • If we work on 4 projects, they get 25% of the firepower • If we work on 10 projects, they get 10% of the firepower • …
  18. 18. Firepower Report
  19. 19. Demo
  20. 20. Thank you! Questions? Guillaume Marceau m 4-clicks Feedback Survey: