Practically applying agile


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A talk delivered by Dr Tim Cockle at Public Sector Enterprise 2013.

The presentation looks at how various agile techniques can be applied in public sector organisations.

Topics covered:
• Understanding what agile means for you
• What are the core principles and implications
• How to find the balance when moving towards agile

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  • Practically applying agile

    1. 1. Practically Applying Agile Dr. Timothy Cockle Business Manager – Applications and Development, Eduserv
    2. 2. Many terms & a lot of noise
    3. 3. What do we mean by quality? to spec or the right product What do we mean by discipline? compliance to process or self-control When are terms just being abused? agile doesn’t mean no documentation
    4. 4. How to start making sense of it all… Understand it has a long history Consider the values & principles Understand your context Make a start!
    5. 5. Values & principles
    6. 6. Agile manifesto We have come to value…
    7. 7. Individuals and interactions over process and tools Working software over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan
    8. 8. …while there is value in the items on the right we value the items on the left more
    9. 9. …some useful principles
    10. 10. Shared Responsibility Single team mentality – with freedom to work together Visibility is required – to see where you can help Focus on delivery Focus on the customer - shared responsibility to deliver Done means live… High degree of visibility and transparency Shared tools and shared language Frequent interactions
    11. 11. Short iterations A better means of knowledge discovery Fast feedback - reduce risk Welcome change Design & build to support change Ensure this is understood by all (i.e. DevOps) Keep it simple The art of maximising what is not done
    12. 12. Continual inspection High visibility of processes and people Monitoring & metrics not just for management Adaption Making sure how your work fits the need Professionalism Broadening of perspective Committed to self improvement
    13. 13. …adopting agile is about culture
    14. 14. Getting started!
    15. 15. Continuous improvement is at the heart of agile
    16. 16. Find some initiatives and candidate projects
    17. 17. An approach to delivering improvements
    18. 18. Motivation Autonomy Mastery Purpose TED Talks Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation
    19. 19. Learning… Is it about rote learning & training courses? Consider… The role of theory & practice Mentoring as two-way learning Making a difference – through putting ideas into practice
    20. 20. Leadership… When is it lacking & what does it provide Vision and direction Highlighting important matters – securing support for change? Who can be a leader … and can leadership manifest through a process
    21. 21. Change Management: Kotter’s 8 Steps 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Create a sense of urgency Form a guiding coalition Create a vision Communicate the vision Empower others to act on the vision Create quick wins Build on the change Institutionalise change
    22. 22. For reading list & notes feel welcome to e-mail