Why agile?

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This was the presentation I did at Agile Tour Brussels (Sept-2013). In it, I highlight / discuss:
1. the evolutionary nature of Agile (the manifesto is awesome, but there's more to Agile than it as we continue to uncover better ways to deliver value)
2. the reasons why every organization and team should be learning about Agile and trying to find out what Agile looks like in their environment

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Why agile?

  1. 1. why agile? Tiago Garcez @tcgarcez Agile Tour Brussels September 2013 Saturday 28 September 13
  2. 2. it just works ! Saturday 28 September 13
  3. 3. not started in progress done bjorgsjö taskboard färgrik burndownrotvik backlog product backlog varmluft user stories user stories IKEA agile Saturday 28 September 13
  4. 4. IKEA agile = agile Saturday 28 September 13
  5. 5. what is agile? Saturday 28 September 13
  6. 6. group of software development practices iterative & incremental evolving requirements & solutions self-organizing, cross-functional teams time-boxed adaptive planning and responsive to change Saturday 28 September 13
  7. 7. a set of values & principles holistic view of the organization shuns local optimums throughput people non-predictive in the present non-heroic anarchic value Saturday 28 September 13
  8. 8. “we are uncovering better ways...” non-dogmatic continuously improving co-evolving Saturday 28 September 13
  9. 9. Kanban Scrum Lean Software Development Crystal Clear XP Lean Startup Complex Adaptive Systems Beyond Budgeting eXtreme Manufacturing Context-Driven Testing Saturday 28 September 13
  10. 10. think beyond software Saturday 28 September 13
  11. 11. what is agile? Saturday 28 September 13
  12. 12. agile is what good companies do when the sh*t hits the fan Saturday 28 September 13
  13. 13. team 1 team 2 team 3 team 4 team 5 face to face communication email communication Saturday 28 September 13
  14. 14. Source: Harvard Business Review,April 2012, “The New Science of Building Great Teams” Saturday 28 September 13
  15. 15. agile is what good companies do when the sh*t hits the fan Saturday 28 September 13
  16. 16. agile is what good companies do when the sh*t hits the fan great all the time Saturday 28 September 13
  17. 17. why agile? Saturday 28 September 13
  18. 18. agile is about teams the basic building block of organizations in the knowledge economy Saturday 28 September 13
  19. 19. group exchanges are short and to the point small teams face to face communication up to 35% impact on performance co-located one-on-one exchanges Source: Harvard Business Review,April 2012, “The New Science of Building Great Teams” communication as key predictor of success Saturday 28 September 13
  20. 20. agile is non-predictive prediction = guess opportunity cost manage today, not tomorrow distribution of cognition evolutionary not deterministic Saturday 28 September 13
  21. 21. agile loves failure fast & cheap continual improvement exploration pivot & innovate Saturday 28 September 13
  22. 22. agile is anti-fragile nimble, lean organizations comfortable with uncertainty small bets with huge upside Saturday 28 September 13
  23. 23. agile is about small wins big is out (complexity) the hero myth the knowledge economy is about the start-up mentality continual improvement Saturday 28 September 13
  24. 24. agile is universal it can benefit any team or organization from charities to modular cars and everything in between Saturday 28 September 13
  25. 25. innovation operational excellence wild west highly regulated fast teamwork pivot collaboration risk management continuous alignment lead time flexible responsive to market quality craftsmanship waste reduction Saturday 28 September 13
  26. 26. innovation operational excellence wild west highly regulated everybody? aircraft manufacturing energy electronics manufacturing less-regulated manufacturing? traditional manufacturing mining open-source xp / scrum lean-startup scrum lean / beyond budgeting kanban / scrum lean open-source / scrum wikispeed valve, spotify, ... toyota morning star Saturday 28 September 13
  27. 27. Saturday 28 September 13
  28. 28. agile is a big enough umbrella tribes generate diversity and an eco-system of ideas Saturday 28 September 13
  29. 29. agile is about value cost has a limit, value does not - agile exploits this asymmetry Saturday 28 September 13
  30. 30. agile is fun ! “morale as multiplier of velocity” - j. justice Saturday 28 September 13
  31. 31. individualism (heroes) team culture (collaboration) mythology / philosophy intrinsic motivation Saturday 28 September 13
  32. 32. agile is simplicity not the same thing as simple it’s about limiting the amount of guesses (i.e. your exposure to black swans) Saturday 28 September 13
  33. 33. agile is about reality we leave utopia to the predictive planning guys “I don’t know” illusion of control craftsmanship manage today Saturday 28 September 13
  34. 34. what is impossible ? impossible is the predictive, command & control mentality creating great companies Saturday 28 September 13
  35. 35. why agile ? Saturday 28 September 13
  36. 36. because surviving is just not good enough Saturday 28 September 13
  37. 37. the king is dead, long live the king R.I.P. Predictive Management Saturday 28 September 13
  38. 38. because we can change the world of work Saturday 28 September 13
  39. 39. because we can change the world of work must Saturday 28 September 13
  40. 40. @tcgarcez www.slideshare.net/tgarcez Saturday 28 September 13
  41. 41. toyota production system “meals p/ hour”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtTQff7Uf_w harvard business review (apr, 2012):“the new science of building great teams”: http://hbr.org/2012/04/the-new-science-of-building-great-teams wikispeed (extreme manufacturing): joe justice ALE 2013 keynote - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbHgWCnttsc homepage - http://wikispeed.org/ “anti-fragile”, nassim nicholas taleb “black swan”, nassim nicholas taleb “wisdom of crowds”, james surowiecki Bibliography Saturday 28 September 13

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