tagged: transitioning-to-agile

Three Tips for New ScrumMasters

One of the most common questions I get is "Now that I've taken a CSM class, what should I look out for when I return to the office?" While every situation is different, most new ScrumMasters should be aware of the following three issues.

First, remember the values and principles, the why-we-do-what-we-do portion of agile. Without a good set of principles and values, people…

In Defense of Making Hard Changes

I've read a number of articles lately that make the claim that Kanban is better than Scrum because it doesn't require a great deal of organizational change. I first came across this argument in some of David Anderson's writings, including his: Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change For Your Technology Business. The idea is that you simply start measuring work-in-progress (WIP)…

Choosing to Start Small or Go All In when Adopting Agile

When it comes to transitioning to agile a lot of companies wonder whether it is best to start small or go all in.  In this article scrum and agile expert Mike Cohn looks at both options and gives readers the information they need.

Comparative Agility Assessment - Determining How Agile You Are Comparatively

With this in mind, Kenny Rubin, Laurie Williams and I created the Comparative Agility assessment (CA), which is available for free online. Like the Shodan Adherence Survey and Agile:EF, a CA assessment can be based on individual responses to survey questions. However, it was also designed to be completed by an experienced ScrumMaster, coach, or consultant on behalf of a team or company based on interviews or observation.

Four Types of Resistors When Adopting Agile

People resist changing to Scrum for many different reasons. Some may resist because they are comfortable with their current work and colleagues. It has taken years to get to their current levels in the organization, to be on this team, to work for that manager, or to know exactly how to do their jobs each day. Others may resist changing to Scrum because of a fear of the…

How Do You Get from Here to Agile? Iterate.

Historically, when an organization needed to change, it undertook a “change program.” The change was designed, had an identifiable beginning and ending, and was imposed from above. This worked well in an era when change was necessary only once every few years. But in today’s fast-paced, ever changing environment, it makes more sense to create agile organizations, ready to…

Four Attributes of the Ideal Pilot Project

Selecting the right project as a pilot can be challenging. Jeff Honious, vice president in charge of innovation at Reed Elsevier, led his company’s transition to Scrum. He and colleague Jonathan Clark wrote of their struggle to select the right pilot.

Finding the right project was the most critical and challenging task. We needed a meaty project that people would not dismiss…

There Is No End State When Transitioning to Agile

None of the agile processes as described by their originators is perfect for your organization. Any may be a good starting point, but you will need to tailor the process to more precisely fit the unique circumstances of your organization, individuals, and industry. As Alistair Cockburn once told me, “Having a chance to change or personalize a process to fit themselves seems to…

Farm Credit Services of America Achieves Tremendous Results With Agile

Mountain Goat Software client Farm Credit Services of America has been doing Scrum for two years now and with great results.  They are profiled in this May 2007 article from CIO magazine. Farm Credit reports having used Scrum to roll out “five key products with phenomenal results.” They have also dropped the number of post-rollout defects discovered from 100 down to none or…

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