Case Study: Introducing Agility into a Waterfall Culture

A session at Southwest Ohio Business Analysis Regional Conference

  • Mike Whitener

Friday 19th April, 2013

2:25pm to 3:15pm (EST)

Many companies face the delimma of introducing, managing and executing Agile methodologies as a potental alternative to Waterfall projects. A traditional project management approach can become ineffective. Executives may not be satisfied with the cost of completing projects, the time it takes to complete them or the ability to meet dynamic expectations. At the same time a company cannot just "convert" to agile. The management culture needs to be supportive. Special circumstances - like virtual teams and regulatory controls - may not seem consistent with Agile principles.

In order to do more than survive in this changing world, today's IT department and business owners need to join together to bring about agility and innovation. Standard practices for prioritizing features, estimating levels of effort, managing work, and maintaining quality control needs to be revised. The Business Owner, Project Manager, Business Analyst and Software Developer in particular must recast themselves in new relationships using unfamiliar tools and techniques. Many Agile methods may need to be tested, then adapted to the company's environment.

This session will explore how your company might consider the transition to an Agile environment. Based on Agile Scrum, it reviews the incremental, iterative framework for scope management where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross functional teams. The experience of one company is compared to the common challenges, with time for open discussion and feedback.

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Peter Johnson, CBAP

Business Educator at MAX Training, Inc.

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Mike Whitener

Director at INC Research

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Time 2:25pm3:15pm EST

Date Fri 19th April 2013

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