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Deploy Changes More Rapidly by Going Agile

Accelerate the pace of change, without losing control.

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Contributors

  • Eight organizations contributed information to assist with the development of this solution set. Due to the sensitivity of the information, all contributors requested confidentiality.
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Your Challenge

  • Overbuilt or underplanned processes are slowing down the speed of deployment
  • IT is too busy putting out fires or fulfilling process requirements to spend their time focusing on high-value projects.
  • Moving faster requires automation of manual and repetitive tasks and keeping configuration information up to date.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Agile processes are designed to be quick and nimble when evaluating and deploying change. Change controls are rigorous, but streamlined. Compliance standards are met, but do not impede progress.
  • Agile teams embrace change and constantly strive to achieve a level of collaboration that allows them to evaluate and deploy changes quickly and successfully.
  • One size does not fit all, however, so different tiers of service can provide varying levels of agility, depending on the nature of the business.

Impact and Result

  • You can deploy new functionality that drives the business forward – and you can do it rapidly, while still maintaining the reliability and availability of your critical services and applications.

Research & Tools

1. Apply Agile philosophy to infrastructure change

Deploy new and enhanced functionality quickly and safely to streamline processes and increase communication.

2. Facilitate Agile through collaboration and engagement

Agile will be facilitated through cross-functional teams with appropriate subject matter experts.

3. Make the organization's processes Agile

Identify which processes and communication barriers can be improved.

4. Implement an Agile action plan

Create manageable steps the organization can take to speed up release and increase time spent on high-value projects.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a four call advisory process.

Call #1 - Do you have a problem that Agile can fix?

Use Info-Tech’s Agile Fit Assessment Tool to assess how an Agile approach might help your organization.

Call #2 - Assess your current state – People

Use Info-Tech’s Agile People Assessment Tool to determine how agile you are with respect to company culture, team collaboration, and customer engagement.

Call #3 - Assess your current state – Processes

Use Info-Tech’s Agile Process Assessment Tool to determine how agile you are with respect to change and release management, compliance processes, testing, and automation.

Call #4 - Create an action plan for going Agile

Use Info-Tech’s Agile Project Prioritization Tool to determine how to execute your Agile action plan, based on your current environment and priorities.

Search Code: 58779
Published: June 19, 2013
Last Revised: June 19, 2013