The Road to Agile Adoption

Dtal provides Agile training to enterprises and start-ups to equip their product teams with the fundamental concepts of Agile. Although many express they are agile, there are still many misconceptions that eliminate benefits that Agile has to offer.

Overwhelmingly positive, yet challenging adoption

87% of those using Agile report that their work life has improved (The 2015 state of Scrum report) and majority of agile projects are successful. The top causes for failures have to do with culture clashes with lack of support in cultural transition and lack of experience with consistent agile practices. External pressures to follow pre-existing / waterfall frameworks and general resistance to change further aggravate these challenges. (10th Annual State of Agile Report)

"Agile triples the rate and value of innovation." – Agile Innovation, Bain&Company, 2015

Top 6 causes of failed agile projects: company culture clash with agile values, lack of experience with agile methods, lack of management support, lack of support in cultural transition, inconsistent agile practices and processes, external pressure to follow waterfall processes. Blockers to further agile adoption are stated as ability to change organizational culture, general resistance to change and pre-existing rigid / waterfall framework. Management support is essential, Success Metrics lacking, Transition from waterfall

Fortunately there are solutions to these problems. With right focus on the principles and foundations of Agile we can make impact on the mind-set of people. This should be done not within organizational silos, but across functions so that change works across organizational boundaries. When talking about mind-set and culture change, having strong experiential element supports this. Experiential action also helps to attack the other challenge – lack of exposure to good and consistent Agile practices. Exposing cross functional teams for both of these aspects brings agile adoption to an excellent start. Dtal Agile training works for all cross functional roles, deals strongly with values and principles hooking these into concrete Agile practices in an experiential way.

Most organizations are in motion and there is no way to stop to make change take place. Thus adopting change in appropriate steps, with knowledge and commitment to the grand journey ahead is a good approach. This requires coaching and guidance so that adoption is taken forward in steps that give best value to the organization and handling correctly the agile principles and goals so as not to side track the movement. Coaching, especially when done as an immediate follow up from agile training is powerful tool to start taking advantage of benefits that agile has to offer.

Dtal uses the following approach to train the project team:

Dtal Agile mindset workshop and training includes:

  • Understanding the Nature of Problems
  • Undestanding of People
  • Mission Mindset, Commander's Intent
  • PDCA, OODA and Build Measure Life Cycles
  • Lean: Focus and Concept of Waste
  • Storyboard and Story Map
  • From Specifications to Backlog
  • Writing User Stories
  • Scrum Events, Artifacts, Roles
  • Practicing Scrum: Theory and Practice
  • Backlog, Burndown
  • Metrics, Managing Project with Data
  • Getting things Done
  • Demonstrating PSPI
  • Agile Engineering Practises
Benefits of Agile development

The benefits of Agile development are already well acknowledged and if implemented correctly can help companies get the most out of their software investments. Here are just a few reasons why you should start adopting Agile development principles and practices:

Time to Market: Speed to market is key to competitive advantage and profitability. Agile incremental delivery and regular releases allows you to reach your customer first with new innovation and offerings before your competitors do.

Reduced Risk: The small incremental delivery of Agile enable the development team to respond to any issues as early as possible thereby averting drastic changes that might have a huge effect on the project budget and timeline.

Cost and Schedule Management: The cost and schedule of the project are estimated based on the number of sprints projected. Since the duration of each sprint is fixed, the cost and amount of work required can be accurately predicted and clients can also make a more informed decision on the priority of the features.

Quality Improvement: Perhaps one of the biggest benefit compare to other development methods, Agile improves the overall quality of the product. Agile conducts regular testing during it's development sprint to identify and fixed any discrepancies immediately.

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