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

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

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.

In... Read Full Post

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

Most of the clients who seek out our help ask about Agile adoption.  They usually have a couple of teams developing solutions using a traditional approach, and they'd like them to begin using Agile. For them, it is just a process change.  They want their teams to develop faster, or to collaborate closely with the business people.  Or they want a simpler process for introducing change that is... Read Full Post

Many organizations today are running experiments with Agile approaches or the Scrum Framework.  A few then decide to Adopt Agile, or embark on an Agile Transformation, which I characterize as a process of transforming the organization structure and culture to one that fosters true business agility.  

I am working with several clients who are in the midst of... Read Full Post

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

Looking for resources to help you succeed with Agile or make the transition to Scrum?  We've organized this summary of our detailed articles and popular blogs to provide you everything you need to successfully transition to using Agile and Scrum, or to support your Agile Transformation.  

How to Transition from Waterfall... Read Full Post

I frequently meet with managers of software development teams to talk about Agile. They get excited when I talk about Agile and Scrum and how they might improve their software development processes and team productivity.  When I describe the rigor and discipline of Scrum teams and the mindset change required to support empowered and self-organizing teams, they tend to bristle. Letting go of... Read Full Post

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