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When Agile goes bad. How to stay calm and move forward. Sebastien Lambla. Founder of . Helping people achieve greatness. [email protected] - @ serialseb – http://serialseb.blogspot.com. A company becomes agile as a whole. The organization. Watch out for. High turnover

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When agile goes bad

When Agile goes bad...

How to stay calm and move forward


Sebastien lambla

Sebastien Lambla

Founder of

Helping people achieve greatness

[email protected] - @serialseb – http://serialseb.blogspot.com


The organization

A company becomes agile as a whole

The organization


Watch out for

Watch out for...

  • High turnover

  • High documentation environment


Managers ctos

Dealing with the sceptics

Managers & ctos


Engineers are not agile and they build planes and they fly

“Engineers are not agile! And they build planes! And they fly!”

Boeing and Airbus are Lean companies.


We have a culture of working hard

“We have a culture of working hard”

Measure and show what happens with long hours


Agile proponents are socialists we want superstars

“Agile proponents are socialists. We want superstars!”

Heroes != Talent


In waterfall i have a full one year ahead plan i need that for my budget

“In waterfall, I have a full one-year ahead plan. I need that for my budget”

The budgets have always been estimates. That’s not changing...


Agile is just an excuse for cowboys development

“Agile is just an excuse for cowboys development”

Business-focus and releases, and a structured approach to development


Choosing a project

Choosing a project


You can t do agile for fixed price projects

“You can’t do agile for fixed price projects”

Usually followed by...


Scope resources and release dates are fixed

“Scope, resources and release dates are fixed!”

Are they?


Building your project team

Building your project team


When agile goes bad

Accountability


The developers

The Developers


Don t impose a methodology build a trust relationship

Don’t impose a methodology. Build a trust relationship.


Heroes

Heroes

Detect and address early


The customer

The business, the stakeholders, the sponsors, their proxies, etc.

The customer


The proxy i can t make that call need to discuss it

The proxy: “I can’t make that call, need to discuss it”

Proxy without authority is an impediment


The scrum master

Manager managing something

The Scrum Master


I m your boss

“I’m your boss”

Don’t manage people, manage issues. Leadership over control.


We need to take what will work for our organization and blend it with its current practices

“We need to take what will work for our organization and blend it with its current practices”

You should, but you can’t. Not at the beginning anyway.


Agile is like cooking

Agile is like cooking

  • Learn the recipeThe Checklist step

  • Grab other people’s recipes

  • Blend “The final stage—if you ever get there—is a level of fluency and intuitiveness where you can't say what you're doing, but you kind of borrow and blend” - Cockburn


When agile goes bad

Workshop

Iteration 0


The workshop

The workshop


The planning

Time, estimates, cards, points, poker game etc.

The Planning


Just write it

“just write it”


The scrum master writes and distribute tasks

The Scrum Master writes and distribute tasks

Iterative waterfall != agile


The iteration

Development

The iteration


We re stopping the scrum temporarily because we know exactly what needs to be done

“We’re stopping the SCRUM temporarily because we know exactly what needs to be done”

Except when you don’t.


We can t do ci it doesn t work with our source control repository

“We can’t do CI, it doesn’t work with our source-control repository”

Change the tools, not the practices


It s done except for a bit of data integration

“It’s done, except for a bit of data integration”

Done != Done Done


The daily standup

The Daily standup


People sit down

People sit down


People have conversations

People have conversations


Can i talk now

“Can I talk now?”


The retrospective

Building from experience

The Retrospective


It s john s fault

“It’s John’s fault.”

The team succeeds or fails as a unit.


What do you mean we write less than perfect code

“What do you mean we write less than perfect code?”

Charge interest to your technical debt!


The release party

The release party


The stakeholders are not coming

“The stakeholders are not coming...”

Ask the hard questions


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