An Introduction to Agile
A 59 Seconds Agile Training Video
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Introduction to Agile: Management Processes
A 59 Seconds Agile Article
This article provides an ‘Introduction to Agile’ and looks to discuss management processes. It provides a brief introduction into the key focus areas when looking to transition from traditional project management to Agile.
Make sure that you not only have a plan for moving forward but, also understand some of the key focus areas in transitioning from traditional to Agile project management.
Using strong change management processes around communication, demonstrating visual parallels, providing a roadmap for training and allowing team members to engage in feedback loops are all important in adoption.
First, communicate early and often the why, when and how for the transformation. You will find that there are those in your organization who feel that traditional projects have served the organization well and are uncomfortable with the change. They may not understand how to deliver value faster without knowing the end to end design up front. Reminding them of major initiatives that may not have gone as well as planned using traditional methods such as difficulties in changing scope rapidly, projects that never seemed to end and budget overruns can help with the adoption.
Second, use visual parallels between the new framework and existing traditional practices. If you are looking to implement the Scrum framework, a parallel can be drawn between daily stand-ups and mini-status meetings that are sometimes used within traditional projects.
Three, identify all training needs for impacted team members. A solid training roadmap will identify how training is conducted, who will attend each type of training and when to engage. Training should be done to introduce the concepts, provide details on the framework, highlight pitfalls to look out for and periodically reinforce earlier learning’s.
Share the training plan with all impacted parties and be receptive to their input.
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?
A 59 Seconds Agile Infographic
Our Favourite Agile Books
We found these books great for finding out more information on Agile Scrum: