Case Studies sought for new book on Adopting Agile Methods


Editor looking for people to interview with interesting examples to share

22 February 2013 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Multi-Media Publications Inc., a publisher now in its 25th year of business that specializes in project management and agile-related books, is putting together a book of case studies on the experiences of organizations who have taken the leap towards using agile methods on some of their projects. They are looking for contributions to the book; specifically, stories of organizations in various industries who have adopted agile management methods (Scrum or others). Both public and private sector examples are being sought out. (If you wish, you don’t have to write anything — a researcher or editor will interview you to capture the required information and we will write up the case study for you. You will, of course, have approval rights for your own case study).  More information at http://mmpubs.com/agilecasestudies.html

The format for the case studies will be standardized to include the following anticipated headings:

  • case-studies-in-adoptingOrganization Overview — A brief background on the organization including its position in its industry, size, etc. Organization names will be used, and if it makes it an easier “sell” to the company brass (names of executives can be included showing their leadership in the agile adoption process, along with the names of any core team members – PM, agile coach, etc. Photos of the team members or key executives can also be included.)
  • Why Go Agile? — What problem was the company facing that made it seek out an agile approach?
  • The Adoption Approach — What the company did to prepare for the adoption (training, reorgs, process changes, etc.) and strategically how it planned to deploy the new agile approach (big bang, pilot project then deploy to a department, pilot project then deploy for all new projects, pilot project then scatter team members to seed a grassroots change, etc.).
  • What Went Well? — What parts of the adoption strategy worked out well? Include any interesting observations. Metrics showing real improvements would be appreciated, if available. Try to look broadly at the initiative: financial impacts, HR impacts, customer satisfaction impacts, etc.
  • Adoption Challenges — What issues arose during the adoption and how were they overcome? What were the lessons learned that other companies may be able to learn from?
  • Conclusion — Any final thoughts, observations, etc.
  • Organization Contact Info — Contact information to verify that permission to print the case study in the book is received and to approve the final case study wording.

Case Study Inclusion Criteria

While agile methods are typically seen as being applicable only to software development projects, examples are being sought from:

  • Public sector (government), private sector, and non-profit organizations
  • Broad range of industries (finance, healthcare, distribution, technology, education, etc.)
  • Both IT and non-IT projects
  • Different project types: new product or service development, software development, systems integration, organizational change, maintenance/upgrades, process optimization, and more
  • Organizations or teams at all agile maturity levels (from newbies to agile experts)

Contributors are encouraged to include graphs, tables, photos, or other visual elements to illustrate their case study and bring it to life. Consider pictures of a standup team meeting or kanban/scrum board, a sample of an interesting burndown chart, tables showing productivity gains, a graph showing quality metrics that were used during the project, etc.

Contributors must have organizational approval to contribute a case study. While the publisher will be asking for organizational approval of the final wording of the case studies, organizations will not be able to read all of the other case studies in the book before approving the final wording of their own case study. All contributions must be completed before July, 2013.

Target Audience

The primary audience for this book includes CIOs, VPs, Directors and other senior managers who are interested in learning from the experiences of others who have tried various agile adoption strategies before they embark on an agile transformation in their own organization. The secondary audience will be project managers, agile coaches, and consultants who are interested in the results of different techniques practiced by others.

Your Reward 

All contributors will receive:

  • Ten free copies of the resulting case study book
  • The ability to purchase additional copies at a deep author discount directly from the publisher
  • A contributor’s photo and bio in the book (plus contact info, if desired — plug your website!)
  • The chance to make a contributor’s coaching/consulting clients look good by getting their case studies included in the book
  • Professional Development Units (PDUs) if the contributor is a Project Management Professional (PMP) or PMI Agile-Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
  • Recognition that the contributor is now a published author!

As with earlier multi-contributor books published by Multi-Media, all author royalties will be donated to the International Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund (www.icrc.org).

Please contact the managing editor directly at [email protected] to discuss your case study individually.

Multi-Media Publications Inc. is an independent publisher focused on delivering high quality books, ebooks, audiobooks, DVDs and interactive learning solutions. Using technology to its fullest advantage since 1988, Multi-Media Publications has been a pioneer in digital content delivery, offering many of its titles simultaneously in print and ebook formats.  The company maintains inventory in several countries in order to serve customers worldwide.  To learn more, visit http://www.mmpubs.com/.

Source: Multi-Media Publications