Agile is NOT for You! http://blogs.versionone.com/agile_management/2015/01/26/agile-is-not-for-you/
Guest post from +Daniel Gullo
- Apple Brook Consulting
You are talking with two consultants about how to transform your organization into an Agile development company so that you can go faster and keep ahead of your competitors.
You explain to them that your stakeholders have a need to know what is going on and to that end, there are reports that need to be created. Furthermore, your product is governed by Sarbanes-Oxley controls, which absolutely MUST be followed. Funding for your projects is allocated two to three years in advance and is based on detailed estimates, which are in turn derived from the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for the project. None of this can change.
You continue to explain that the teams are geographically distributed across four continents and 10 time zones and that restructuring the teams and bringing the teams together, even just for release planning is not possible. Your organization also has no budget to buy things like webcams, additional monitors, team rooms, or even open wall space.
The ScrumMaster in your organization will be “in charge” of 10 to 15 teams and may have other responsibilities as well. Also, the “Product Owner” is really in charge of an entire business unit and won’t be writing any User Stories, so the business analysts will need to be a “Product Owner Proxy” for each team.
After spending 20 minutes relating all of this (and more) to the consultants, including how none of this is negotiable, you ask, “So, what are your thoughts on the best way to implement Agile development here?”
There is silence.
After what seems like an eternity, one of the consultants clears his throat and says “Agile development is NOT for you.”
Did you really just hear that??? Doesn’t this guy get it? Is he really so independently wealthy that he is going to throw away the money that is on the table??
…read the rest of the blog post here: http://blogs.versionone.com/agile_management/2015/01/26/agile-is-not-for-you/ #agile #agileatscale #versionone