Agile Adoption. A Corporate Retrospective Alan J. Bartnik – The Vanguard Group Inc. Why Agile?. Continuous improvement DMAIC (Process Measurement & Optimization) Innovation Market forces Time-to-Market Speed of Change Build & Deploy Highest Value Features Workforce Demands
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A Corporate Retrospective
Alan J. Bartnik – The Vanguard Group Inc.
The ship turns slowly
Cycle Time decreased dramatically
Productivity increased dramatically
Quality increased dramatically
Crew Morale (never-go-back to waterfall feedback)
Who’s in control?
Sponsor Controls Scope!
I don’t like the current process;
but I know what’s expected
Sponsors have to engage – daily!!!
I don’t have time for a daily meeting!!!
No Change Control?
Who will tell me what to do?
I worked hard to become a manager;
now managers are not needed?
- Right! unless we fall behind
If we let employees set the pace…
they’ll slack off
- Sounds like authorizing laziness
If we fail we’ll be punished…
I’ve worked hard to become a project manager;
now project managers are not needed?
It’s too loosie-goosie
No Status Reports?
Giving up our Command & Control Infrastructure
…Of course - let’s be Agile(but)don’t change our organizational status quo
…I’m totally onboardexcept that part about changing “my” process
…delegate engages & make daily decisions(sounds good)
…I’ll reserve the right to reverse decisions made(now I’m comfortable)
…team decides;unless (until?) Leadership disagrees
…team decides;but command & control is ready - if the Team might fail
…I’m the expertin the current process
…I’m skepticalof empowerment
…Agile is too riskyfor my comfort level
…I’ll become less importantthan I am in the current organization
# of Stakeholders
TimeWhere’s your Organization?
Pilot:Resistance is low and decreases as “pilot” team adapts to Agile
Rollout: Organizations, People & Processes resist change; try to adapt Agile to existing environment
Adoption:Stakeholders embrace the innovative force unleashed; emphasize Agile improvement, team empowerment and maximization of benefits
Rising change resistance &
≈ 2 Years
Vanguard is about here
Executive Management Support
Business’s eagerness to give Agile a try
Co-Location (effect on Agile Team)
Adaptation to Agile: Stories & Front-burner
Release-level burn-up: multiple teams
Continuous Integration & Regression Automation
Co-location reduces integration issues
Employee Morale - better with AgileVanguard Retrospective
Leadership & Organization
Departmental & Line Manager Adaptation
“Team” mentality; not fired up to achieve sprint goals
Sponsor & Business Partner Education
Debunking Agile Myths & Water-fallacies
Providing adoption flexibility; adhering to the Manifesto
Busting Organizational Impediments; Managing Up
Infrastructure (Environments, CI & Test Automation)
Adoption of XP / LEAN practices
Less “work as usual”; Team view rather than individual view
Eliminate (impact on) “sub-contractors”
Highly responsive IT; enabling business to meet Client’s Needs and Exceed expectationsVanguard Retrospective
Leadership & Teams
“I've had to make it a personal objective for everyone on my team (to "drive” them) to
think / act innovatively when it comes to doing their work in the Agile Framework”
Emphasize and quantify the benefits to those affected
Business Outcomes (time-to-market, customization)
Technical Growth (learning, versatility, satisfaction)
Perseverance and determination through challenges
Let the results speak for themselves
Conscript “antis” as “scorekeepers”Overcoming Resistance