Your How To Guide For Agile Success

Looking for resources to help you succeed with Agile or make the transition to Scrum?  You’ve come to the right place.  Bookmark this guide and leverage it for all questions you have related to Agile Pilots, Training, and Transformation.

Whether you are just beginning to learn about Agile and Scrum and need guidance on best strategies for an Agile pilot, or a seasoned Agile Leader who... Read Full Post

How to Successfully Transition from Waterfall to Scrum

One of the most common conversations I’ve had with clients over the last few years is how to move from a traditional or waterfall style of development to using Agile and Scrum.  Based on those discussions and years of experience leading and supporting these transformations for my clients, I’ve compiled this short guide on planning and executing an agile pilot or an agile transformation in your... Read Full Post

Things to Consider When Planning a Scrum Pilot or Agile Transformation

As we work with clients who are exploring how to get started with Agile and Scrum, we find ourselves asking many of the same questions.  The questions help us to create a plan for success with agile and avoid some of the problems that teams encounter when trying to adopt something new.

To address this need and help clients think broadly about the change, we developed a checklist of... Read Full Post

Agile Success Story - Bank of America

Do you think that your organization is too large or too old to succeed with Agile and Scrum?  This articles describes how we supported Bank of America successfully adopted Agile and Scrum in their Global Markets area.   A more detailed writeup of this Bank of America Client Success story is available for download.

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Moving from Waterfall to Scrum - A Client Success Story

Several years ago I had the opportunity to support a growing consulting firm with their transformation to Scrum. It's been exciting to watch Highland Solutions learn, adapt, and grow as a team in their ability to organize and deliver great client solutions.

The attached Case Study describes their approach and some of their learning along the way.  It also highlights the significant... Read Full Post

Why Agile Projects are Better

As you have probably noticed by now, I am a huge fan of Agile approaches and ways of working. This post is about some of the key aspects of Agile that I really like.  These 12 characteristics really highlight the key benefits of Agile methods, and how they relate to some of the areas of concern I had when leading traditional projects. I hope that you will find them useful as well. 

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Agile Projects are More Successful than Traditional Projects

Agile projects are more successful than waterfall projects. There, I said it. And I have the statistics from the Standish Group to back it up.

I’ve been a follower of the Standish Group Chaos Studies for a long time.  The Standish Group has conducted surveys of IT project success and failure rates every 2 years since 1994. Initially the statistics were really bad with... Read Full Post

A Quick Guide to Agile and Scrum Certifications

Bewildered by the number of Agile and Scrum certifications offered today? Do you wonder what would be the best Agile certification for you?  It is a question that I get asked frequently by those new to Agile and Scrum. It doesn't help that the names of the certification and the certification bodies are strikingly similar. Anyone new to Agile would be understandably confused.

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How to Develop Your Agile Training Plan
If you are planning an agile pilot or even a full blown agile transformation, a critical consideration is Agile Training. After all, people need to understand Agile and Scrum in order to do their job effectively.  This post will help you to understand the key considerations for planning, what types of training are appropriate for various audiences, how much agile training will costs, and the... Read Full Post
Project Managers Still Don’t Get Agile – Part 2

Last year I wrote “Project Managers Don’t Get Agile” for the ProjectManagement.com website.  As I continue to think about it, I see that part of the challenge comes from the mindset change that is required to understand agile. If you are a great project manager, chances are that your mental... Read Full Post