How to start being Agile today at all roles

June 6, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Agile's not a switch you turn on. It’s a continual progression forward. The mantra of Agile's “We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it.” The difference between software development and the physical world enables us to be more agile in small steps–immediately. Buildings need frameworks to start, software doesn't.

Here are some ways you can do this at all levels:

  • Managers–focus on improving your teams’ eco-systems
  • Product managers–create value sooner by identifying which items of a large product could return value sooner and start with those
  • Product owners–when asking your teams to do something include how they’ll know if they’ve done it
  • Teams–consider how you’ll test your code before writing your code (testability is a driver for good code). This improves your design with no extra effort. Also, if you aren’t sure how to build something, put it behind an interface so when you know more it’ll be easier to change.
  • Testers–let dev know you’ll be happy to share the tests you come up with – that’ll make it easier for them and they’ll bring you into things earlier
  • Ops-tell devs you want to be prepared for what’s coming down the pipeline so you can help them get it out the door as soon as possible

Don't be misled that it takes a lot to start being agile. Agile is all about small steps.

As always, happy to chat.

Al Shalloway

CEO, Net Objectives

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About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.



        

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