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Implement Agile Practices That Work

Guide your organization through its Agile transformation journey.

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Your Challenge

  • 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.

Research & Tools

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.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a nine call advisory process.

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.

Onsite Workshop

Discuss This Workshop

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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.

Member Testimonials

Schedule Analyst Call

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.

Client

Experience

Impact

$ Saved

Days Saved

AARP Inc

Workshop

10/10

$1.32M

120

Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

5

Saskatchewan Blue Cross

Workshop

10/10

$50,000

10

The Suddath Companies

Guided Implementation

10/10

$2,647

2

Lend Lease ICT Services, Inc.

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

N/A

Libro Credit Union

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

N/A

NTI Limited

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

N/A

BlueScope Buildings

Guided Implementation

7/10

$13,236

5

Elavon, Inc.

Guided Implementation

10/10

$926K

50

North Carolina Department of Information Technology

Guided Implementation

4/10

N/A

N/A

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Workshop

9/10

N/A

N/A

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Workshop

9/10

N/A

N/A

Cihr

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

N/A

Saskatchewan Blue Cross

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

2

CaroMont Health

Guided Implementation

9/10

$6,618

5

Meridian Health Plan

Workshop

9/10

$66,183

50

Bellevue University

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

Andritz Inc

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

Pacific Blue Cross

Workshop

7/10

N/A

N/A

Office of Information Services for Oregon Health Authority (OHA) & Department of Human Services (DHS)

Guided Implementation

8/10

$13,236

20

International Development Research Centre

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

35

SMART Payment Plan

Guided Implementation

8/10

$33,091

10

Cascades, Centre des Technologies

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

N/A

The Suddath Companies

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

N/A

Jamaica Public Service

Guided Implementation

4/10

N/A

N/A

Cobb County

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

120

Alabama Department of Corrections

Guided Implementation

7/10

N/A

N/A

City of Toronto

Guided Implementation

10/10

$3,000

10

First National Bank - Card IT

Guided Implementation

6/10

N/A

N/A

Choctaw Nation Of Oklahoma

Workshop

3/10

N/A

N/A