If the title of this book is a clear reference to the current trendy approach in software development, readers should be aware the that most important part is maybe in the subtitle “Systems Thinking and Organizational Legacy”. Not that Agile minds will be disappointed by reading it, but this book discusses the more important fact that from time to time software developers tries to adopt a new set of best practices and most of the time they fail.
Agile change and transformation
Scrum is becoming very popular and this iss good. Consciously or not, most people adopt Scrum by blindly following a so-called Scrum expert; that’s not so good. As more organisations look to an Agile transition to become more efficient, I am keen to make sure that they realise that there is more to Agile than just Scrum.
Should agile practitioners avoid large corporate clients? Are they just too hard to take on a progressive agile journey? Helping companies that think they are already agile to actually adopt agile is an interesting challenge, for a start, nobody likes to be told that they are doing it wrong. In this video, David Espley shares his experience of helping larger corporate clients to act more like Lean startups, discusses how you wean people off their agile washed legacy processes and let go of some of the big company baggage.
Agile is about giving responsibility to the people, and self-organization is one of the way this is achieved. Agile is also about continuous improvement and adaptation. To follow this journey, the Scrum teams need to assess how they are doing and where they should improve. In this article, Ben Linders discusses Agile self-assessments and how they can support the continuous improvement process to an Agile mindset.
Even if the Scrum framework is simple and easy to describe, there are still many cases were organizations fail in adopting Scrum. One of the main reasons is that many companies see the transformation towards Agile as a simple change in the process and not the adoption of new values. In this article, Zuzi Šochová explains that you cannot just do Scrum, you have to be Scrum.
Organizations often start with Scrum after having heard about it, read about it, or after having read the Scrum Guides. While that is great, there are several unforeseen challenges they often face that prevent them from really benefiting from the advantages of Scrum. This presentation discusses seven unmentioned challenges of Scrum and uncovers possible solutions.
Shoddy software quality, disgruntled customers, missed deadlines… Such is daily life in many software companies. But there exists a better way. This presentation tells a story of turning around a demoralized and disengaged group of developers into a high performing team, while improving software quality, customer satisfaction and reducing technical debt.