Trial lock

This Research is for Members Only

Not a member? Unlock a free sample of our research now!

Already a member?

Sign in now

Applications icon

Implement Agile Practices That Work

Guide your organization through its Agile transformation journey.

Unlock a Free Sample

View Storyboard

Solution Set Storyboard Thumbnail

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

Book Your Workshop

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.




Compare Agile and Waterfall delivery.


Decode Agile: Principles, terminology, and roles.


Product owners and product agility.

  • Agile personal story card.

Enterprise agility and the value of change.

  • Identified business value sources.

Lead, manage, and govern Agile teams.

  • Organization culture assessment.

Define your Agile principles.


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.




Assess Agile culture.

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

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.




Identify and describe SDLC stage-gates.

  • Completed SDLC stage-gates.

Draw current SDLC.

  • SDLC process flow.

Determine pain points in SDLC.

  • Pain points in SDLC as they relate to Agile.

Identify and evaluate business value definitions.

  • Completed business value definitions.

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.


$ Saved

Days Saved


Best Friends Animal Society



This was a great discussion. Andrew provided sound insight, it's just hard for me to judge the real impact without implementing some of his suggestions. Solid discussion, I came out of it with an understanding of how to actually move forward and with some actionable items on my side. He understands these concepts and better yet can apply them to different business cases.

Arizona Department of Health Services



Very informative. Rich content. No complaints

Texas Capital Bank National Association Inc.



The knowledge of the presented was insightful and thorough. All questions had valid and thought provoking answers.

New York Property Insurance Underwriting Association



Given the projects in flight, the team hasn't been able to review and implement the agile practices at this time. SMEs were very knowledgeable, and we'll need some additional assistance in the future once we have the resource capacity to dedicate to this effort.

Father Flanagan's Boys' Home



Just getting started but I like what this has to offer. Andrew is very knowledgeable and great to work with!

World Trade Organization



Clear vocabulary and adaptable to what we were saying

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis



Not for Time and Dollars above: These are hard to quantify - This gave me new insights not sure how to map that to days and dollars - We are already performing better from the conversation. Also, strengthened my resolve around a couple of issue of which I was concerned. I realize that days and dollars make for some easy to understand metrics but ... Best: highlighting effort taken up just in embracing Agile and in taking tools like VersionOne. Worst: Can't think of anything.

Hope Global



This guided implementation experience is great. I feel we have an IT Department extension - partnering with us along the process. It is highly recommended. Andrew is superb. I am looking forward to our next session.