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Introducing Agile In Non-Agile Environments

ADVISORY ARTICLE

By Ralph Moore, PMP, PMI-ACP

Wyoming, USA


So you want to be Agile? Well, read on then……

Introducing Agile to your organization sounds great in the boardroom, but once out in the trenches of your office it may not seem the way it was discussed in the boardroom. I will share my insights and try to help you avoid some of the common pitfalls that I have seen during my journey in the Agile world. In my experience there can be a huge difference in the way Agile functions in different size organizations and especially virtual work. I will focus on small organizations that are under a thousand employees total with the development team co-located on site with common sense as my guiding force. In my experience, some of the more important items to get ironed out quickly will be addressed:

  • Organizational Functions
    • Operations
    • Maintenance
    • Emergencies
  • Organizational Culture
    • Organizational commitment
    • Change and Stakeholder mind set change
    • Siloes
  • The Project Team
    • Role changes
    • Agile adds overhead
    • Time-boxes

Hey everyone, we are going Agile but what about running the business? Yes, your developers more than likely handle a wide variety of issues on a daily basis; let’s take a look inside of the daily grind:

Operations are the key to producing your product, providing your service or just plain old operating your business for success. So how do you stop your developers from this key business function so they can be Agile? Good question. Well each organization will handle this differently. The best scenario is for the developers to work on their projects and release reliable software on schedule and within budget. Is this always possible? Maybe not. So now what? So, how did I handle this situation? Well, what worked best in my experience is that we assigned a day to each developer where they would do operations related tasks. This time would be calculated into the project that was being worked on so we still could provide a realistic view of the work to be completed in the sprint. Maybe not the best option, but one that worked for me in the past.

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About the Author

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Ralph Moore

Wyoming, USA

 

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Ralph Moore
is an experienced professional with more than 20 years in agile and traditional project management as well as roles in IT, Engineering, Telecommunications, Military, Public Safety and Education. Ralph is currently employed by a Wireless Telecommunications Company as the IT Project Manager in the Rocky Mountain region.

Ralph has earned a Master of Information Systems Management (MISM) degree with a Concentration in Information Systems Tools, a Bachelor of Science Technical Management and an Associate of Science Electronic and Computer Technology.

Ralph has earned several industry certifications to include: PMI-Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), CompTIA Certified Security+, CompTIA Certified Network+, Electronics Technician Association Certified Network Systems Technician (CNST), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), General Radio Telephone License (GROL).

Ralph is a veteran of the US Navy and served three tours in the Persian Gulf. He maintained a TOP-SECRET clearance while in the US Navy. Ralph resides in Fort Bridger, Wyoming, USA with his wife Tracy and their two dogs. To contact – [email protected]