Jumping off the waterfall - watch out for the rocks below!
As agile adoption grows, more and more companies are finding themselves trying to transition from a waterfall-based product development approach to a more agile one. Success stories are easy to find from the great companies who get it right first time, but for most us that won't sound like our story. We'll take more than a few stumbles along the path and wonder what it is about us or our specific situation that means we're finding it so hard.
Having led this transition within some of Ireland's busiest websites, we did parts of it well, but I'm going to focus more on the stuff we got very wrong - decisions we made that at the time seemed like both the smart and low risk thing to do but ended up being neither!
It'll hopefully be a useful guide to potential pitfalls along the route if you're starting out on the same journey. And if you've already been through it, you may recognise more than a few of the rocks we hit along the way!
The slides themselves are mainly intended as an aid for when I'm talking and may not work so well for anyone who didn't see the talk! So I've expanded on my notes from the talk at http://www.conroyp.com/2014/10/21/jumping-off-the-waterfall-agile-transition/.