Business & Agile Webinar Series

Business & Agile Webinar Series

Net Objectives has teamed with Digite for this webinar series. Digite is a leading provider of collaborative enterprise software and solutions for Agile Application Lifecycle Management. The solutions are targeted towards Corporate IT, ISVs, IT services/Outsourcing and IT-Consulting companies.

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As Agile has matured, it also has diverged.  That is, there are not only more and more methods, there are more and more mindsets.  Some believe a team-centric approach is best, others believe one must start with an enterprise view.  Some believe you are best starting with those writing the code, others believe you should start with those deciding what products/features need to be built.  Some believe explicit workflows are a slippery slope back to waterfall while others have seen them result in faster than expected learning.  Other issues revolve around design, portfolio management, culture, transition methods and more.  How can one get to where the true value of Agile is? How does one adopt Agile in a way that makes sense for their organization?

These are important questions - ones that are difficult to find answers for since most folks providing these answers have a vested interest in an approach.

This webinar series will provide both a wide and deep approach to providing answers to these questions, from one of the few companies that is not attached to one approach.  Net Objectives has been a thought leader in Agile methods for over a decade.  We have led adoption of eXtreme Programming, Scrum, Lean, Kanban and the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFeTM).  We are only attached to what works and can therefore provide an unbiased view of what works.

This webinar series, co-sponsored by Digite, provides a wide view of Agile by starting with presentations on what Agile is and the main methods for adopting it - Scrum and Kanban.  It then discusses different ways to start an Agile adoption as well as the dangers of certain common methods of adopting Agile.  It then proceeds to investigate different methods on how to scale Agile.

The following webinars are scheduled (others may be added):

  1. An Introduction to Agile from a Business / Executive Point of View
  2. Agile Implementations: Overviews of Scrum, Kanban, and Scrumban
  3. Beginning An Agile Transformation
  4. Understanding the Scaled Agile Framework
  5. Team Kanban: Manifesting Lean at the Team Level
  6. Enhancing and Extending Scrum With Lean
  7. A Day of the Scaled Agile Framework replaces Patterns of Scaling Agile Across Teams

Each webinar will be followed by an optional 15 minute session by Digite to describe how their tools help you improve your software development methods.  Each of their sessions is tied to the topic covered by the webinar.

If you don't want to wait for the next session to get value, please contact Mike Shalloway at mike.shalloway @ netobjectives.com to see how we can help.

We have consulting and training to help in every area of your development cycle - business, management, team process, technical.

Check with Digite to learn about a great tool.

Technical Agility Series coming: This series will be done in parallel with a Technical Agility Webinar Series with the following session (more to come soon):

  1. Agile Architecture: The Why, the What and the How
  2. Design Patterns in the Agile World
  3. Emergent Design: The Practical Application of Design Patterns in the Agile World
  4. Acceptance Test-Driven Development: An Essential Practice That Saves More Time Than It Takes
  5. Sustainable Test-Driven Development: How to Have TDD Improve Your Designs and Tests Without Slowing You Down
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#1 Given April 17, 2013, Wednesday
9am-10am PDT

Al Shalloway
1 PDU Category B

An Introduction to Agile from a Business / Executive Point of View
This discusses the benefits you get from Agile, not the how of doing it.  Agile is really about delivering business value incrementally, quickly and predictably.  It should not be about development iterations.  Starting with the "how" of Agile instead of the "why" of Agile often leaves many business stakeholders unclear with the need for Agile.

What are our challenges:

  • Building the wrong stuff
  • Delivering late
  • Low quality code
  • Lack of predictability

Why this occurs:

  • Poor process
  • Working on too many things
  • High technical debt
  • Detecting errors late

Solution

  • Deliver in stages to achieve value quickly
  • Keep core teams so can get synergy effectiveness
  • Provide teams with leadership

Available paths:

  • Scaled Agile Framework
  • Lean-Agile Framework
  • Lean-Agile Roadmap
Digite Follow On Presentation
Introduction to/demonstration of their SwiftKanban web-based tool which could help to alleviate the challenges and assist in the solutions as outlined in the webinar.
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#2 Given May 9, 2013, Thursday
9am-10am PDT

Al Shalloway
1 PDU Category B

Agile Implementations: Overviews of Scrum, Kanban, and Scrumban
There are several different ways of doing Agile at the team. This seminar presents the three most popular Agile methods. Each has its own strengths and scope. Each covers different amounts of the value stream. This webinar discusses the essence and differences of all three.

Scrum

  • Describes the core roles, practices and artifacts.
  • Why Scrum works
  • Where Scrum is best used

Kanban

  • Describes the core guiding principles of visibility, explicit workflow, managing work-in-progress, measure flow, continual learning which define Kanban
  • Kanban as a transition method
  • Where Kanban is best used

Scrumban

  • Scrumban was designed as a transition method from Scrum to Kanban
  • Scrumban can be used in its own right
  • Understand how Scrumban can be a great hybrid, Agile method to use

While not an in-depth study of any of the methods, the webinar will illustrate why one must look at several factors when deciding on your team-Agile approach

If you are not sure which one to use, check out our Implementing Lean-Agile for Your Team or our Lean-Agile Project Management courses.

Digite Follow On Presentation
How their Enterprise-Ready! flexible SwiftKanban web-based tool can be used with any type of business process.
It allows you to map your Value Stream and Workflow and to improve those processes using the tools of Kanban.

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#3 Given June 5, 2013, Wednesday
9am-10am PDT

Al Shalloway
1 PDU Category B

Beginning An Agile Transformation
It is common that "going Agile" means to start with Scrum.  While is this often a good idea, it often results in serious problems and actually works against the long term adoption of Agile in the organization. This talk discusses the purpose of an Agile pilot project, how to select one, and which Agile method to pick to start it with.

Digite Follow On Presentation
Introduction to how they transitioned traditional Waterfall software development to using an Iterative + Kanban software development approach. Addresses most of all the behaviours Al talked about including adding better value to customers and responding to changes.

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#4 Given August 7, 2013, Wednesday
9am-10am PDT

Al Shalloway
1 PDU Category B

Understanding the Scaled Agile Framework
The Scaled Agile Framework is the only proven, publicly available framework for applying Lean-Agile practices at enterprise scale. This talk presents SAFe from the perspective of Lean-Flow. While SAFe provides a place to start and prescribes practices at the portfolio, program and team (project) level, it is not intended to be followed blindly. Instead, it provides a framework for aligning efforts throughout an organization while creating an opportunity for learning across the organization on how to deliver value quickly and sustainably.

Digite Follow On Presentation
Digite describes their Full Lifecycle Lean/Agile ALM which will answer key business challenges: help build products/applications that continuously meet business needs, manage a variety of development/management processes at the enterprise level, give a cradle-to-grave view/management of the product lifecycle, reign in complexity of geographically distributed development, address quality and compliance, report the real cost of managing the application/product lifecycle.

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#5 Given September 4, 2013, Wednesday
9am-10am PDT

Al Shalloway
1 PDU Category B

Team Kanban: Manifesting Lean at the Team Level

Applying the principles of Lean at the team level enables teams to overcome many of the challenges they find difficult to solve using just the Scrum framework.  This webinar discusses how Kanban can be applied at the team level to achieve effective Agile teams.

Learning Objectives:

  • How explicit policies accelerate learning
  • How delays create additional work
  • How managing work in progress can lower delays
  • Why a positive relationship with management matters
  • How product management can lower the amount of dependency management required between teams
  • Why you can’t change culture but must change how things are managed
  • Using product managers and product owners to coordinate multiple business lines with multiple teams

Scrum is a great team process but needs to be enhanced to be truly effective.  Learn how with our Implementing Scrum for Your Team.

Digite Follow On Presentation: None this time
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#6 Given November 18, 2013, Monday
9am-10am PST

Al Shalloway
1 PDU Category B

Enhancing and Extending Scrum With Lean
This webinar discusses why Scrum must be enhanced and extended with Lean to work well on all but small projects. Many organizations have spun up several Scrum teams only to find that

  1. initial pilot teams do well, but moving Scrum throughout the organization becomes more challenging
  2. the progress of their Scrum teams tends to stagnate or even fall back
  3. the wins achieved often have little effect on the bottom line. 

We have found that incorporating Lean into Scrum can both improve the teams' abilities as well as enable teams to work together better.

While Lean is more than a set of tools, several practices of Kanban, a subset of Lean practices, can be used by existing Scrum teams to overcome many challenges they have. Scrum is a framework for discovering problems quickly. Unfortunately, it provides few insights on its own to provide solutions for these problems. The thought process of product development flow, which underlies Lean-Kanban’s methods, can be readily incorporated into Scrum teams – achieving many of the results pure Kanban teams achieve.   This talk discusses how theories and practices of Lean and Kanban can be used to extend Scrum at the team and product management levels.

Learning Objectives:

  • How explicit policies accelerate learning
  • How delays create additional work
  • How managing work in progress can lower delays
  • Why a positive relationship with management matters
  • How product management can lower the amount of dependency management required between teams
  • Why you can’t change culture but must change how things are managed
  • Using product managers and product owners to coordinate multiple business lines with multiple teams

Scrum is a great team process but needs to be enhanced to be truly effective.  Learn how with our Implementing Scrum for Your Team.

Digite Follow On Presentation: With Digite's Kanban Tool SwiftKanban, your enterprise can continue to leverage the benefits of Scrum that you have already realized, plus improve in areas you may have seen problems because of being able to visualize your complete workflow: Estimation/Scope Leakage/ Delays, limit WIP for greater Throughput during Sprint/Release, provide Class of Service based demand, Manage risk better, make all changes gradually to improve, optimize and deliver greater levels of service and value, scale Agile, improve Flow, reduce Bottlenecks (Waste).
Recordings for the Day of SAFe
#7 Given December 9, 2013,
Monday

8am-3pm PST

Al Shalloway
1-5 PDUs Category B
The originally scheduled Patterns of Scaling Agile Across Teams webinar has been replaced by A Day of the Scaled Agile Framework
A Day of SAFe is a great way to investigate those aspects of SAFe you are interested in. We have set this up so you can pick and chose which of the 5 webinars you want to watch.