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Agile governance and continuous improvement

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Agile Governance is an
open, tailored framework
of trust and support to
ensure the team succeeds.

Continuous improvement needs
unobtrusive governance,
evolved by the team,
not inflicted upon them.

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Agile governance and continuous improvement

  1. 1. Agile Governance and continuous improvement @Kev_C_Murray@valtech
  2. 2. GovernanceAgile User needs Feedback loops Responding to change Continuous improvement Continuous delivery Collaboration Self organising Iterative Stakeholder satisfaction Change control Return on investment & profit Budgets & Spend control Stage gates Contracts Staffing & utilisation Predictability VS
  3. 3. GovernanceAgile User needs Feedback loops Responding to change Continuous improvement Continuous delivery Collaboration Self organising Iterative Stakeholder satisfaction Change control Return on investment & profit Contracts & Spend control Stage gates Contracts Staffing & utilisation Predictability
  4. 4. https://digitalblog.coop.co.uk/2017/02/08/building-whats-useful-governance-and-agile-delivery/ https://www.jamiearnold.com
  5. 5. Continuous improvement needs unobtrusive governance, evolved by the team, not inflicted upon them.
  6. 6. Governance anti-patterns
  7. 7. No governance No governance
  8. 8. Too much governance Too much governance
  9. 9. Governance by fear
  10. 10. Seagull governance
  11. 11. Governance by committee
  12. 12. Too late Too lateGovernance when it’s too late
  13. 13. Agile Governance is an open, tailored framework of trust and support to ensure the team succeeds.
  14. 14. Governance should be agreed that addresses at least the following areas: Product Vision Technical Steering Team and Delivery Management Creative Steering Risk Management Commercial Management
  15. 15. Some Agile Governance techniques:
  16. 16. Procurement & Sales
  17. 17. Buyer • Differentiate between multiple correct answers • Care about proposal effort • Calculate impact of scoring and price weighting • Identify who you want to work with • Project != service • Get delivery involved
  18. 18. Supplier • Put people first: technology, location, subject matter need to align with values • Learn from previous projects • Don’t f**king lie • Give helpful feedback when qualifying out • Look out for bad smells • Get delivery involved
  19. 19. Bespoke
  20. 20. Highly Visible
  21. 21. Start of Alpha End of Alpha
  22. 22. Quick & Efficient
  23. 23. Work and schedule are predictable Business benefits are realised Stakeholders are committed Scope is realistic and managed Team is high performing Risks are mitigated Delivery org benefits realised “Are the current sprint and up- comping sprints on track?” “Are we meeting user needs?” “Is the customer happy?” “Is the backlog healthy?” “Are the team happy?” “Are the risks understood?" “Are the commercials ok?”
  24. 24. Share
  25. 25. • Visual project spaces • Communities of practice • Open space company day • Lightning talks • Brown bags • Open show and tells • Cross project sharing • Meet-ups • Conferences • Valtech WorkPlace • Write stuff down
  26. 26. Empower
  27. 27. • Make decisions • All have an opinion • Create the working space • Agree the working pattern • Buy stuff • Define what good looks like • Make mistakes safely Empower team to:
  28. 28. Ask for forgiveness, not permission.
  29. 29. Do Food
  30. 30. Questions? @Kev_C_Murray@valtech

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