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Understand the Impact of Going Agile

  • ID: 1550035
  • Report
  • February 2011
  • Info-Tech Research Group
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It's not the silver bullet you may think it is.

Your Challenge

- Going agile is supposed to make things better, at least that is the intent, but often businesses find themselves faced with less being implemented and taking more time. This can be very frustrating for the business, which then struggles with getting involved in the process and creates a bigger problem.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

- When businesses get involved in the process, with the intent of helping, they often create a bigger problem. Creating a situation where micromanagement becomes the norm and productivity and morale sink to rock bottom.

- Agile is not for everyone. The right conditions need to exist for agile to work well. This includes people, process, and management.
Impact and Result

- Agile will raise a lot of new process impediments, you must be willing to remove these as they arise and be patient in your expectations.

- Your clients will see significant benefits when you use Agile, but like other people involved, their roles will change. You must have client involvement throughout the Agile project lifecycle, even if it is by having a client representative present.

- Arguably the best advice is to go slow! Agile takes time and may not be suitable for every project. Start small and then grow as your teams get the hang of it.

- Agile development can be successful in a collaborative culture that embraces change, if you don’t have that or can’t transition to that, don’t force Agile onto your development team.

Get to Action

1. Understand the basics of Agile development
Ensure that Agile is the right fit for the enterprise.

- Storyboard: Understand the Impact of Going Agile (powerpoint)

2. Gain visibility into the current state of the enterprise
Determine if the enterprise is ready for Agile.

- Agile Readiness Assessment Tool (excel)

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- Storyboard: Understand the Impact of Going Agile
- Agile Readiness Assessment Tool
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*Storyboard: Understand the Impact of Going Agile

Going Agile is supposed to make things better, it is supposed to streamline your development efforts, it is supposed to make your clients happier, it is supposed to make your developers happier. But these benefits won’t occur without a lot of work, if they happen at all.

Use this Solution Set to:

- Know what changes are needed in your organization to make true Agile work.

- Understand how adopting Agile will impact your business culture.

- Develop processes to enable successful implementation.

Use this research to gain an understanding of what Agile means for your enterprise.

*Agile Readiness Assessment Tool

Going Agile is supposed to make things better, it is supposed to streamline your development efforts, it is supposed to make your clients happier, it is supposed to make your developers happier. But these benefits won’t occur without a lot of work, if they happen at all.

Use this tool to:

- Know what conditions are needed in your organization to make true Agile work.

- Understand how Agile will impact your business culture.

- Implement correct processes to enable successful implementation.

Use this tool and its associated research to gain an understanding of what Agile means for your enterprise. Use this tool when considering the implementation of an Agile process.
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