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My invited talk at APMG Best Practices Showcase 2012 at Bangalore


  • 1.Managing Large-scaleAgile TransformationTathagat Varma, PMP, PRINCE2, CSMSr. Director, Strategic Programs and Business Ops Yahoo! India R&D

2. Discussion Topics What is agile really all about? Why is it so hard? ASAP Program What are we learning? 3. Agile Manifesto, 2001 4. DSDM Atern Principles, 2008Focus on the Deliver on time Collaborate business need Build Never incrementally Develop compromise from rm iteratively quality foundations Communicate Demonstrate continuously and control clearly 5. What is agile really all about? Empowered individuals Collaboration Motivated Democratic decision-making Individuals and transparency Self-organizing Shorter feedback cycle x- Manage changing priorities functional Increased productivity Teams Agile Businesses Higher ROI Faster time to market Better User Experience 6. Why is it so hard?52 39 34 %Organizational Culture % Resistance to Change % Management Support 7. Our Context Consumer Internet space Critical success factors Innovation Speed UX Agility is more about resultsthan beliefs, labels or rituals 8. Agile and Scrum Adoption Program (ASAP)Facilitate Focus Framework center- be agile generally wide agile rather label-adoption than do agnostic, agile but result-oriented 9. The ASAP journeySelf-SustainingScalingUpEstablishCredibility 10. Establish credibility Agile is about democratic decision-making andself-organizing teams, how can we impose ittop-down? Dont preach Agile. Solve specific problem(s). Dont boil the ocean. Create beachheads. Show real results. ROI $$$ Saved. ROI = $$$ Earned 11. Scaling UpCommunity Internal community of Org Structure practitioners and enthusiasts Roles and Training responsibilities Expert talk series bridge the gap between Intact team training Process Goal-setting theory and practice Role-specic training Performance Product Development External community management Specialized Coaching Process connect Compensation and Executive Briengs Common Metrics rewards Strategy Professional Tools Development 12. Metrics Strategy EffectivenessEfficiencyAdoptionReadiness 13. Self-Sustaining Starting-up is easy; sustaining is tough! Strength of transformation is only tested when scaffolds are taken-off Implement agile practices that align with results you want 14. What are we learning? Credibility is extremely important Scaling up 100% Adoption If results grow, processes will sustain! Remember the goal still is to deliver real business value 15. References The ASAP Journey Tathagat Varma, ScrumBangalore Meetup, 2012 The Continuing Adventures of Yahoos AgileTransformation Keith Nottonson, Agile India 2012 State of Agile Development Survey 2011,VersionOne Rolling Out Agile in a Large Enterprise GabrielleBenefield, 2008 16. Thanks! Blog: Slides: Articles: