An Introduction to Agile
A 59 Seconds Agile Training Video
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Introduction to Agile: PESTLE Analysis
A 59 Seconds Agile Article
This article provides an ‘Introduction to Agile’ and looks to discuss how to perform PESTLE Analysis. It provides a brief introduction into each of the 6 key interdependent influences detailed within the analysis.
Performing a PESTLE analysis is a good way to put structure around an evaluation. PESTLE analyses focuses on 6 key interdependent environmental influences:
P is Political.
The politics of any organization play a significant role in the success of Agile adoption. You need to be clear that top level executives supports the change. Those same executives must be evangelists and hold all leadership team members accountable for the success of the change
E is Economic.
Organizations without strategic planning and tactical experience in moving to Agile should evaluate their ability to economically support the change. Training, coaching and an understanding that some initiatives may be slowed down by the move are all economic factors to evaluate before starting.
S is Social.
Social considerations are equivalent to cultural considerations when determining when and how to transition to Agile. It is important to understand the level of communication and engagement that the culture in your organization supports when implementing changes. Consider evaluating past change initiatives to see what worked well and what did not. Take the learning’s from the past and apply them to gain social acceptance across the enterprise.
T is for Technological.
While the Agile values and principles are not prescriptive in terms of technologies, it is often best to evaluate projects and supporting technologies that easily lend themselves to fast delivery of smaller increments. Marketing and digital projects are good candidates.
L is for Legal Implications.
Existing contracts for delivery may require traditional templates and documentation. Securing approval to update legal contracts should take into consideration the timing of deliveries. Note that Legal does not only cover the legal contracts, but Legal obligations too, such as the working time directive.
E is for Environmental.
Environmental issues include items such as the business environment. If you have an upcoming project that allows you to take advantage of partnering with a company experienced in delivering Agile projects, then this would be highly recommended.
Keep in mind that some companies may not be as receptive to changes that they do not initiate. After completing a PESTLE analysis and determining that your organization is ready to move forward with a sound plan, look at the type of projects readily available to consider moving from traditional projects to Agile projects.
The Benefits of Agile
A 59 Seconds Agile Video Animation
User Stories Applied
A 59 Seconds Agile Book Review
User Stories Applied by Mike Cohn is one of our favourite books on Agile User Stories. The book starts with an overview into user stories, and details what a user story is and the different aspects of them. He then discusses how to go about writing a user story, and provides details of the INVEST criteria that can be used to determine if the story is meeting all of its objectives. Next Mike gives an in depth discussion of who user stories are written for and where to begin when gathering the details for them. The book then discusses acceptance testing user stories, including how to go about specifying these criteria and the responsibilities of the development team and customers during this process.
What is Agile?
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Our Favourite Agile Books
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