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Agile has been around some 15 years now. Organisations have tried to leverage agile thinking. Some have failed. Yet agile thinking remains relevant to the enterprise. Agile thinking itself has evolved beyond a technical audience, and now encompasses the broader business community and leverages a smorgasbord of techniques. These include:

Kanban Extreme Programming (XP) Holacracy Scrum Rapid Application Development (RAD) Shu-Ha-Ri / Retrospectives Lean Startup Beyond Budgeting Motivation 3.0 Stoos Network Radical Management Management 3.0 Cynefin Framework WikiSpeed Social Contracts Agile Chartering Agile Testing NoEstimates Showcases

Agile effectively manages people, processes, resources, project time. It is important for teams to evolve soft skills like:

Communication Discipline Social Respect Responsibility

The tools for agile has also evolved. These provide:

Agile Metrics Impact Mapping, Story Mapping Feature, Epics, Stories Planning Poker Release Planning

 

I recently ordered a copy of the book “Directing the Agile Organisation”. Since I know the author, I am obliged (disclosure) to say something brilliant about the concept and the book. Unfortunately, I haven’t read the book yet (its in the mail), but since I have a little time this morning, I’d thought I plug the book with some Agile commentary. Agile methods are evolutionary. In the scale of doing things faster, and in a flexible way, Agile breaks the rigidity of Waterfall, PRINCE2. Agile methods are well proven in the open source community, game development, and product development where the parameters of a project like cost, time, features, and quality tend to be established.

However in most enterprises, project parameters like cost, time, features and quality are fluid. And that is where the Agile project horror stories begin. Business executives who hear about the brilliance of Agile unwittingly adopt it for an environment where it will fail. Traditional project controls like project costing, feature management, stakeholder management etc… are not addressed adequately. So the Agile engine splutters. If we are able to address the business management of a project in an agile way, Agile methods will find a more relevant place at the core of the enterprise.

I know the author has plenty of experience and insight in transitioning Agile into the enterprise, and this is what I am keenly looking forward when I read this book. 🙂

You can purchase this book at: http://www.itgovernance.asia/p-958-directing-the-agile-organisation-a-lean-approach-to-business-management.aspx

DISCOUNT: To get the 10% discount, enter ‘agile10’ (without the apostrophes) into the discount code box during the checkout process. This special will run until the 15th of September. About the Book

What is ‘Directing the Agile Organisation’ about ? Business systems do not always end up the way that we first plan them. Requirements can change to accommodate a new strategy, a new target or a new competitor. In these circumstances, conventional business management methods often struggle and a different approach is required.

Agile business management is a series of concepts and processes for the day-to-day management of an organisation. As an Agile manager, you need to understand, embody and encourage these concepts. By embracing and shaping change within your organisation you can take advantage of new opportunities and outperform your competition.

Using a combination of first-hand research and In-depth case studies, Directing the Agile organisation offers a fresh approach to business management, applying Agile processes pioneered In the IT and manufacturing industries. Agile business management is divided into four domains, which each changes the way your business operates.

Agile Methods has gone through a roller-coaster ride of adoption. The first thing a team member notices about agile are:

Regular scrums – usually daily Micro-Issue tracking Measurements

There are of course many other aspects to Agile methods and Evan Leybourn @ The Agile Director has alot of experience in implementing Agile methods in software development teams. He has a few courses running in Canberra and Sydney. Check them out:

 

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