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If you don’t have the luxury of working for a true, agile organization or you are struggling with an agile transformation from predictive methodologies, take a huge step back and focus on one tenant of agility; the Daily Stand Up Meeting.
So many companies (especially larger firms) fail to incorporate agile in their I.T. departments because it requires such a broad change in thinking, style and execution. Asking hundreds of developers, testers and especially management to make these changes is difficult. So much buy-in is required across larger corporations that what tends to happen is that an I.T. department will have a certain percentage of people using agile and the rest resisting passively or actively by using more traditional delivery methods. No harm, no foul, change is hard.
So take another route. Just ask every project team to use the short, daily stand up meeting used by all agile frameworks. I suggest this because the stand up meeting is cheap, easy, quick and within days, makes total sense to all participants. It makes sense because people realize quickly that for a minimal effort on their part, the team generates a massive amount of daily “group intelligence” for the project. Everyone knows what every team member is working on and what they will do next. The entire team knows the constraints and the gravity issues immediately, every day.
This one tenant of agile is so basic, so simplistic in design, yet yields so much data to project managers and upper management who participate.
If you’re struggling in “big corporate” with agile, don’t use a hammer, just allow people to find their own way with agile practices that help all types of project management styles without labeling it, “agile”. Sometimes the word “agile” is polarizing. Let this one, common sense meeting do all the talking for you. You’ll be amazed how quickly you see stand up meetings popping up around your company and your coworkers will have that “ah ha” moment on their own.
The Agile Stand Up Meeting - common sense, easy to do, lots to gain.