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You've started on Agile project. You've probably got IT management on board. You've read the manifesto. You've got a wall covered in post-its. You’re probably not using pair programming but you’re following most other Scrum and XP practices. But now you have a problem. Operations, HR and finance can’t keep up. Ops is having problems (or just refusing to) deploy each iteration. HR won’t let you form self-organising teams and don't know how to write KPI’s to support collaborative work practices. And finance wants a 3 year budget with fully costed initiatives.
Like many cultural problems, change comes from understanding. This presentation will explain how non-IT business functions operate and why they have legitimate problems with Agile delivery.
We won’t stop there however.
By understanding your business, this presentation will provide you with the tools you need to align your corporate business functions to your agile development approach. From improved communication integrated sales, rolling budgets, agile KPI’s and aligning to revenue drivers. You will learn how to build a truly agile organisation.
=== CONTEXT ===
There is a natural evolution to business agility. This is the precept behind everything I've learnt over the last 10+ years in applying agile across the business. From this, I'll be showing how IT can help non-IT business functions support an agile delivery model. That is, as an agile practitioner in IT, how can you position agile in such a way as to get the support of the wider business in its adoption. Ultimately, in cases of high agile maturity, this can extend into developing agile business practices across the organisation outside of IT (although that is not the main thrust of this presentation).
This is intended to be a practical discussion on how organisations operate. There are three parts to the presentation (roughly a third of the presentation will be spent on each).
* Section 1. A high level overview of the way non-it business functions work and why
* Section 2. How agile can align to these functions, and how they can align to agile
* Section 3. Communication strategies that participants can take back to their organisation to bridge the gap between it and the rest of the business