How Agile Are You Really?


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Karoliina Luoto, Codento. J. Boye Web and intranet conference 2013 presentation on how problems in agility are often fixed by going back to basics and taking the humble lesson.

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How Agile Are You Really?

  1. 1. How Agile Are You, Really? J. Boye Web & Intranet Conference Århus Karoliina Luoto · 6 November 2013
  2. 2. Karoliina Luoto + Codento Consultant for Agile project management Business and use case oriented digital service concepting Before: product owner, collaboration strategist, communications specialist Consultancy company for not only superhero coding
  3. 3. Even agile projects are not always easy
  4. 4. Sometimes, in search of fixes, It’s good to look at the basics Photo: Buzz Hoffman, Flickr
  5. 5. How many of your organizations have used agile development for projects?
  6. 6. Really? One possible set of agility criteria: 1. End users are a constant part of the development process 2. The development team has power to make decisions 3. Requirements strech, the schedule/budget doesn't 4. The requirements are described on top level, lightly and visually 5. 6. The development work is done in small increments that can be developed further Focus on regular delivery of working product parts 7. Finishing each requirement before moving to next one 8. 80/20 rule: focus on search of 20 % solutions that can fulfill 80 % of the need 9. Testing throughout the project – test early, test often 10. Collaborative approach from _all_ players in the project Criteria credits:
  7. 7. Agile Principles Behind Scrum, Kanban…
  8. 8. Photo: California Bakery, Flickr Early and continuous delivery… (every couple of weeks)
  9. 9. Photo: CBGB_Hoser, Flickr …of valuable software
  10. 10. Welcome changing requirements Even late in the process Photo: justmakeit, Flickr
  11. 11. Photo: massdistraction, Flickr Business people and develope work together daily
  12. 12. Find motivated individuals And support and trust them Photo: Diamond Geyser, Flick
  13. 13. Photo: sean dreilinger, Flickr Most efficient method of communication is face-to-face conversation
  14. 14. Photo: Victory of the People, Flickr Primary measure of progress i working software
  15. 15. Photo: DanieVDM, Flickr Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design
  16. 16. Simplicity – The art of maximizing the work not done Photo: by me
  17. 17. Photo: Gwenael Piaser, Flick Team reflects on how to becom more effective and adjusts its behaviour
  18. 18. Solutions for pain points are simple Projects that struggle with their agility can be made better by: Waking up the Product Owner Proritize, bridge development team with users and stakeholders Trusting the developers Build the team’s technology vision ownership Getting method help Retros led by a pro scrum master, agile coaching for key roles Freshening up the Definiton of Done The quality code needs to be agreed on and revisited Deploying more often If it’s hard, do it more Adding artefact transparency for the Scrum team Vision documents, release plans, budgets...
  19. 19. Afterword: Before starting a new project, make sure agile is the way to 1. How known is the concrete project outcome? go. a) Blurry b) A bit unstructured c) Quite clear 2. How code-oriented is the project? a) It's all about new code b) We are using a product/framework but customizing it c) We are taking an out-of-package product and making it work for us, content is the king 3. Can the project be resourced with a full-time product owner? a) No probs, we want to invest in this one b) It will be a bit painful c) No way 4. Are we ready to prioritize between requirements? a) Of course b) Not so sure about everybody c) Come again?
  20. 20. The results for the agility test 3 points for each a-answer, 2 points for a b, 1 points for each c • 10-12 points: Clearly there is a case for an agile project. Still, remember to plan and resource it well and ensure that main stakeholders share the agile ideas. • 7-9 points: Twilight zone. Do you have enough resources and buy-in for agile? If you go for it, how about coaching or courses? • 4-6 points: No question, your case is a clear one. Just take the vendor's process as it is, launch the project and stay sharp. Original test credits: Perttu Tolvanen
  21. 21. Thank you. · @totoroki · +358 40 765 Photo: By me