Insight at SQE Better Software & Agile Development Practices

June 17, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I gave two process related talks at SQE's recent conference in Las Vegas.  At each of these I asked a few questions that gave a non-surprising result:

  1. how many of you are are doing some form of Agile method? (about 80% said they were and about 80% of those said they were using Scrum)
  2. How many of those doing Agile are having success with it at the team level? (about 80% said they were)
  3. How many of those having success at the team level were having success at the enterprise level? (about 80% said they weren't)

There are several factors here, but from this and other conversations I've had at conferences I think it is clear to say that

Agile has had success at the team level but not at the enterprise level.

Clearly, the enterprise level is a tougher problem.

But why would someone expect a team level method to work at the enterprise level when all the evidence points to that it doesn't and all the theory points that one wouldn't expect it to?

I am still waiting for a decent answer.

Alan Shalloway

CEO, Net Objectives

 

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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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