Archive for October, 2010

Driving Agile into an Organization

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Agile has exploded into organizations doing software development. Scrum, XP, and other methods (and combinations) are used by many organizations. Non-software organizations use approaches such as CBPM (see my other posts).

Recently I joined an organization that had brought in Agile (mostly Scrum) a couple of years back. While most projects were using this approach, there was no energy behind. In what is a common approach, they had launched it and left it to its own devices. Still, teams were successful with higher quality products and more satisfied customers. But management and the people in the organization thought there was more to be done.

Enter Jose. I started by assessing, along with a small team, of the situation. We ran an internal survey to confirm our findings. The #1 finding was the need for training. But how to bring the training in with limited funds? And what else to do?

We decided to deliver short (1-2 hour) sessions on specific Agile concepts (writing user stories, using Rally, our software development management tool, estimating and planning, etc) as well as doing some longer sessions (I had done a day-long session outside so brought that one in).

Attendance is very high, with no empty chairs.  We’ve scheduled an external vendor for a two-day workshop for product owners. And we’ll be launching a coaching program in the near term.

Response has been very positive and we look forward to improved results.

CBPM — Going Strong

Monday, October 4th, 2010

It’s been a while since I last blogged here so wanted to bring you up to date on what’s been going on.

Last week I had the pleasure to co-present with Timm Esque at NC PMI’s Annual Event. We had over 140 people present, with lots of interest. Our theme was “Agile is not just for software projects” and there was lots of interest with a number of follow-on requests for the Excel tool (let me know if you would like the latest version).

In June I started working for a local company as their Agile evangelist. While they are fully into Scrum, I will be working with their infrastructure team to use CBPM in their projects. Scrum is a hard fit for non-software projects.

Also in June I presented my one-day workshop at PMI Silicon Valley. I’m currently tentatively scheduled to teach this workshop in January with NC PMI. Timm and his business partner are teaching a workshop in November. While not published yet, we are doing a survey and the first 30 respondents will get a free copy of Timm’s No Surprises Project Management book.

How are you doing with CBPM? Let us know.