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Sorry, the new Champlain Bridge can’t be built using Agile...

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Why is building a bridge using an Agile approach not a good idea?

Because a bridge is a monolithic construction, the scope of which is mostly inflexible and where value is obtained only once, i.e. at the end of construction. This is why we would tend to build a bridge using a detailed plan that ensures the structure integrity.

But it is not always possible to reduce the uncertainty of a problem by designing a detailed solution. When the initial information is inadequate and the product is sufficiently flexible to allow for experimenting, empirical approaches such as Agile methods are most effective.

Through various examples of risk management, Mathieu invites you to take a critical look to make an informed choice between Agile approaches and traditional methods: the construction of buildings and structures; an ERP implementation; a marketing campaign; a vehicle design; a school group work (and more).

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Sorry, the new Champlain Bridge can’t be built using Agile...

  1. 1. SORRY, THE NEW CHAMPLAIN BRIDGE CAN’T BE BUILT USING AGILE THE AGILE RISK MANAGEMENT
  2. 2. ©PyxisTechnologiesinc. WHO AM I?  Chief Operating Officer at Pyxis Technologies  Expert in Agility since 2004  Certified trainer for Scrum.org  Lecturer at UQAM and Sherbrooke University  Co-author of the book « Choisir l’agilité » Mathieu Boisvert mboisvert@pyxis-tech.com ca.linkedin.com/in/mathieuboisvert/
  3. 3. Titre sur mesure POINTS FORTS 1 AGILITY IS NOW INDISPENSABLE FOR DEVELOPING PRODUCTS AND SERVICES Indispensable? Really? Perhaps not always.
  4. 4. Titre sur mesure POINTS FORTS 1 Why is building a bridge using an Agile approach not a good idea?
  5. 5. Titre sur mesure POINTS FORTS 1 A WATERFALL METHOD IS EFFECTIVE IN CONTEXTS THAT ARE CERTAIN AND WHERE THERE IS NO ROOM FOR ERROR. When the initial information is inadequate and the product is sufficiently flexible to allow for experimenting, empirical approaches such as Agile methods are most effective. So for which contexts are Agile methods best suited?
  6. 6. ©PyxisTechnologiesinc. Similar contexts  product development  process improvement  designing a building using Building Information Modelling (BIM) IMPLEMENTATION OF ERP : FEASIBILITY UNCERTAINTY
  7. 7. ©PyxisTechnologiesinc. Similar contexts  training program  change management program  redesigning a space  hiring strategy  writing a book  development of a new product  sales strategy MARKETING CAMPAIGN: MARKET IMPACT UNCERTAINTY
  8. 8. ©PyxisTechnologiesinc. Similar contexts  research and development  adoption of a new technology MY DAUGHTER’S HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: EXPERIENCEAND SKILL UNCERTAINTY
  9. 9. ©PyxisTechnologiesinc. Similar contexts  Integrating deliverables produced by different  individuals or teams TEAM PROJECT: TEAM DYNAMICS UNCERTAINTY
  10. 10. Titre sur mesure POINTS FORTS 1 AGILE OR NOT AGILE, THAT IS THE QUESTION Agile approaches are not the solution to all problems. Agile methods are highly relevant when uncertainties cannot be verified through analysis, but rather through experimentation. To use or not to use an Agile method is therefore, not a choice by default, but rather a decision that must be made before each of our projects.

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