To Agile and Beyond...

Soaring Beyond

With companies that have either tried, currently using or are dabbling with Agile, the craze of the early 2000’s has easily become more mainstream. The question then becomes, what is the next thing to be done? Lots of people are always asking these types of questions.

The running game in football was transformed by the passing game. The three-point shot in basketball changed the dynamics of how basketball is being played where people who would’ve never played in college, NBA or otherwise are thriving because of the permutations that exist now. Even hockey, a beloved sport by all did away with the two-line pass to open up scoring within the game.

What then comes next in your Agile adventure? May I invite you while thinking about this question not as a fundamental change of methodology or sport, this is a question about refinement and improvement. With Agile being such an adaptive method that is used across so many industries, there are permutations that dare I say you have not attempted for fear of not having a positive outcome, fear of failure. By very nature, failure itself is not the outcome but simply a stop along the way to a greater destination.

Here are a few things to consider when you are trying your continuous improvement this year, consider some changes recently made by other companies.

  • Providing Consistent Training to All Employees to Know what Agile Means for Your Company

  • Getting a Uniform Way of Communicating with the Business and IT - Transparency

  • Role Identification and Clarification – Getting the ScrumMaster Established

  • Executive Level Buy-In

  • Having a Single Backlog that a Team knows to Trust for Upcoming Work

  • Setting a Consistent Cadence for Sprints and Sprint Related Meetings

  • Improving the Process of Backlog Refinement and Estimation

  • Setting Up a DevOps Pipeline and Migrating Products onto Sustainable Platforms

  • Establishing a Center of Excellence, Agile Office or Agile PMO

  • Establishing a Backlog of Improvements for the Center of Excellence Team Members