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Implement Agile Practices That Work

Agile is a cultural shift. Don't just do Agile, be Agile.

  • Many Agile implementations fail due to the lack of experience and understanding of what Agile really is, and the problems it is trying to solve. When these projects fail, Agile often gets blamed for it.
  • The lack of management support, inflexible organizational culture, resistance from team members, and insufficient training are some of the biggest contributors to failed Agile practices.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Agile is first and foremost a cultural shift. Culture is often the biggest challenge to Agile implementation. Don’t take this as a sign that Agile is failing. Instead, consider it a lesson to bring forward improvement opportunities.
  • The Agile mindset must be created at every level of the organization. A top-down approach to Agile implementations often leads to failure.
  • Don’t let your organization get carried away with the hype around Agile. The quantitative benefits of Agile are not realized by most organizations due to immature implementation and adoption of Agile principles and practices.

Impact and Result

  • Educate and train your executive, management, and delivery teams to adopt Agile the right way.
  • Assess your current software development lifecycle (SDLC), culture, and environment to evaluate Agile fit and determine what changes need to be implemented.
  • Conduct a structured evaluation of Agile to assess and recognize the benefits of Agile in your organization and teams.
  • Develop an iterative approach to rolling out Agile within your organization to fail fast and recover quickly.

Implement Agile Practices That Work

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should implement Agile, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Facilitate Agile learning

Begin your Agile journey by facilitating learning at every layer of your organization to ensure all stakeholders and team members are aligned.

2. Assess current state

Obtaining a holistic view of your development environment allows you to pinpoint the root causes behind the issues that can derail your Agile implementation.

3. Execute your structured evaluation

Begin with by-the-book scrum to gain a grounded understanding of Agile behaviors and mindsets and then customize it to fit your context.


Member Testimonials

After each Info-Tech experience, we ask our members to quantify the real-time savings, monetary impact, and project improvements our research helped them achieve. See our top member experiences for this blueprint and what our clients have to say.

8.7/10


Overall Impact

$221,306


Average $ Saved

22


Average Days Saved

Client

Experience

Impact

$ Saved

Days Saved

Mark Anthony Group, Inc.

Workshop

10/10

$50,000

10

Toronto Police Service

Guided Implementation

10/10

$50,000

50

Office of the Auditor General of Canada

Workshop

9/10

N/A

N/A

Dark Fibre Africa

Guided Implementation

9/10

$58,880

20

State of Ohio - Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Guided Implementation

2/10

N/A

N/A

AgVantis Inc

Workshop

7/10

N/A

N/A

Utah Valley University

Guided Implementation

8/10

$123K

10

MHI Canada Aerospace, Inc.

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

2

The Research Institute of the MUHC

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

20

Walkers Global

Guided Implementation

10/10

$3,619

5

Employment and Social Development Canada

Workshop

10/10

$1M

50

The Suddath Companies

Guided Implementation

10/10

$7,437

20

Aipso

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

20

The Suddath Companies

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

Zimmer Biomet

Workshop

9/10

$30,989

50

Peabody Investments Corp.

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

Victoria Mutual Building Society

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

5

University Of Alaska

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

Dark Fibre Africa

Guided Implementation

10/10

$11,305

14

Sasaki Associates Inc

Workshop

8/10

N/A

N/A

Westmoreland Mining LLC

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

2

General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc

Guided Implementation

9/10

$127K

10

Parker Aerospace

Workshop

10/10

$44,567

29

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Workshop

8/10

N/A

N/A

DuPont Specialty Products USA, LLC

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

N/A

University of Johannesburg

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

10

Calgary Public Library

Workshop

8/10

N/A

N/A

Job and Family Services

Guided Implementation

9/10

$6,366

10

City of Tempe

Guided Implementation

9/10

$63,667

23

Ocean Spray Cranberries

Workshop

10/10

N/A

N/A


Onsite Workshop: Implement Agile Practices That Work

Onsite workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Lead and Manage Agile

The Purpose

  • Build knowledge and support for Agile practices across different layers of your organization.
  • Build knowledge of Agile practices and concepts across the executive and management teams to drive the change.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Facilitate learning for your organization’s executives and management.
  • Agile practices and principles.
  • Baseline Agile practices.
  • Key tools that support Agile practices that work.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Compare Agile and Waterfall delivery.

1.2

Decode Agile: Principles, terminology, and roles.

1.3

Product owners and product agility.

  • Agile personal story card.
1.4

Enterprise agility and the value of change.

  • Identified business value sources.
1.5

Lead, manage, and govern Agile teams.

  • Organization culture assessment.
1.6

Define your Agile principles.

1.7

Commit to Agile.

Module 2: Introduction to Agile and Agile Culture

The Purpose

  • Determine the gaps in your organization’s current environment and culture before implementing Agile to ensure success.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understanding of your team and organization’s culture and how this impacts adopting Agile practices.
  • SWOT analysis.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Assess Agile culture.

  • Evaluation of team and organization’s culture and fit for Agile.
2.2

SWOT analysis.

  • Completed SWOT analysis.

Module 3: Assess Current State and Understand the Scrum Process

The Purpose

  • Evaluate your team and organization’s current environment as it relates to your SDLC process to determine how Agile can best be implemented.
  • Understand the baseline scrum process as a starting point to adopting good Agile practices.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Completed SDLC stage-gates.
  • SDLC process flow.
  • Pain points in SDLC as they relate to Agile.
  • Identify and evaluate business value definitions.
  • Identify "ready" and "done" definitions.
  • Understand the baseline scrum methodology and practices.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Identify and describe SDLC stage-gates.

  • Completed SDLC stage-gates.
3.2

Draw current SDLC.

  • SDLC process flow.
3.3

Determine pain points in SDLC.

  • Pain points in SDLC as they relate to Agile.
3.4

Identify and evaluate business value definitions.

  • Completed business value definitions.
3.5

Identify “ready” and “done” definitions.

  • Completed “ready” and “done” definitions.

About Info-Tech

Info-Tech Research Group is the world’s fastest-growing information technology research and advisory company, proudly serving over 30,000 IT professionals.

We produce unbiased and highly relevant research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well-informed decisions. We partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need, from actionable tools to analyst guidance, ensuring they deliver measurable results for their organizations.

Member Rating

8.7/10
Overall Impact

$221,306
Average $ Saved

22
Average Days Saved

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What Is a Blueprint?

A blueprint is designed to be a roadmap, containing a methodology and the tools and templates you need to solve your IT problems.

Each blueprint can be accompanied by a Guided Implementation that provides you access to our world-class analysts to help you get through the project.

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Try Our Guided Implementations

Get the help you need in this 3-phase advisory process. You'll receive 9 touchpoints with our researchers, all included in your membership.

Guided Implementation #1 - Facilitate Agile learning
  • Call #1 - Discuss how to facilitate learning about Agile across your organization’s executive and management teams.
  • Call #2 - Discuss how to facilitate learning about Agile with your application delivery teams.

Guided Implementation #2 - Assess current state
  • Call #1 - Discuss your team and organization’s readiness for Agile.
  • Call #2 - Discuss your team culture and the different components that can be drivers or roadblocks to adopting Agile.
  • Call #3 - Review your SDLC process to identify any changes impacted by adopting Agile.

Guided Implementation #3 - Execute your structured evaluation
  • Call #1 - Discuss and understand what the scrum methodology is.
  • Call #2 - Discuss how to identify, assess, engage, and communicate with different stakeholder groups.
  • Call #3 - Discuss the criteria used to evaluate and determine the right pilot project.
  • Call #4 - Understand the different practices and ceremonies involved with adopting scrum.

Author(s)

Andrew Kum-Seun

Hans Eckman

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