Have great pleasure to launch three distict Agile services for product development teams, especially for those involved in digital transformation projects. These services will help organizations to initiate, implement and innovate the way they work based on agile best practices and digital thinking. The first program ‘Agile initiation’ is for the senior management to gain insights into the benefits of agile. The second program ‘Agile Implementation’ is for teams adopting agile for the first time. The third program ‘Agile Sustainability’ will help the teams who are already following agile to advance more in their agiliy.
What are the key business problems to be addressed?. What is Agile?. Can it address some of the real problems?. How will it help to release products faster to market?...
Many key stakeholders take either a neutral stand and some even oppose agility because they do not have sufficient understanding about the synergy between Digitization & Agile. This program architected based on 'Design thinking' will help to gain better stakeholder support and engagement
One non-negotiable aspect of Successful Scrum teams is the complete understanding of roles, ceremonies, artifacts and principles, and how these work together to deliver better results. For this the product owner, scrum master and the development team members must have the same level of understanding about Scrum..
Once the decision to perform projects using Scrum is taken, this detailed and implementation focussed training to the product owner, scrum master and the development team is highly recommended.
Even if many teams embark on the agile journey, due to several reasons many stagnate on the way. They do not go beyond the agile ceremonies. Agile retrospectives are for teams who are already practising agile and still lack empirical decision making. During this 'Design thinking' based exercise with the team,
Problems are identified
Solutions to the problems are ideated
Solutions are piloted
Solutions are institutionalised
10 Critical Success factors for Scrum teams
Understanding the need to be agile - Why are you trying to be agile?. It could be competitor's activities, market demand, need for better predictability and even, the ability to fail fast etc. Every team / organization have their own reasons to be agile. What is your reason to be agile?. What is the business case for embarking on to the agile journey. A common understanding of this, percolated from top to bottom of the organization is a good catalyst for the agile journey. Do not miss it. It will create a sense of urgency.
Key stakeholder support at all phases - Include all key stakeholders from day#1 of the journey. Many stakeholders have only hearsay knowledge of agile and they are not very confident. An agile awareness program to the key stakeholders will help them to appreciate what the scrum teams are doing.
Understanding the spirit of Agile (Manifesto, Agile principles) - A good understanding of the agile manifesto and the agile principles will help the practitioners to understand the larger picture.
Realistic expectations - Agile will not solve all your problems from day#1, instead it will highlight the real issues very fast. It is upto the organization to work and solve these issues to improve productivity and predictability gadually.
Good knowledge of Scrum framework - Very often, all the stakeholders including development team are not formally trained on Scrum. Without a good understanding of the scrum framework, they are bound to fail.
Practical implementation - Scrum is very open. In fact, it is open to everything that will improve productivity and predictability. There is amble room for tailoring to suit the needs of every team as long as the Scrum ground rules are not diluted.
Decision making based on empiricism - Everything revolves around the velocity of the team. Without monitoring and controlling the velocity of the team, predictability remains as a gamble.
Culture of informed risk taking - What happens if the sprint fails becuase the development team took some risks?. Do you celebrate failures?. Do you consciously promote risk taking?. In a risk averse environmnt, how can we expect risk taking?.
Work life balance - Are your team members encouraged for achieve work life balance, so that they can perform continuously at the same pace.
Continuous improvement - Nothing is perfect ever in agile. Product and processes are no exception. Everything needs improvement iteratively and incrementally.