How to Adopt Agile in 100 Days

Listening to your peers in the IT community, there are some common issues in providing IT services to corporate clients.

  • You have multiple development efforts and many project managers
  • Progress on projects is RAG driven and weekly / monthly in arrears
  • You have a long term strategic roadmap, but this is not coupled to the actual work being done today
  • The backlog of requirements from the business is growing faster than you can deliver
  • You spend months producing documentation and yet have delivered no working software
  • Priorities change almost on a daily basis causing your teams to lose focus and become unable to respond
  • The business is beginning to lose patience with the lack of responsiveness and looking outside of the IT department for tactical solutions
  • Estimates for delivery dates for new functionality are difficult to produce and frequently missed
  • Test and Quality Assurance teams are under increasing time pressures, with a resultant increase in defects in production software
  • Change management is painful and noisy

Some forward-thinking companies are looking to the lessons learned from the Lean manufacturing processes developed over the past twenty years, and best practice from the software engineering industry, and applying them to the delivery of corporate IT. In the software development world, the Agile movement has grown to embody much of the learnings and best practice of the lean manufacturing movement, using techniques such as the use of Kanban to monitor and control work in process, Kaizen or continual improvement to refine IT projects in flight, and the use of automation wherever possible to remove the chance of error and improve the quality of IT services.

The principles of agile adoption are as follows:

  1. Deliver value faster and in small pieces to provide immediate control and better risk management on IT projects.
  2. Focus on working systems from day one rather than heavyweight paperwork and processes that do not add any value in themselves.
  3. Make quality an implicit and automatic part of IT, not an expensive process at the end of a project.
  4. Look for and embrace change, rather than hiding from it.
  5. Allow the business to control IT investments, rather than being governed by restrictive and slow IT processes

Black Pepper Software have helped many companies – large and small – to benefit from these agile and Lean manufacturing principles. We're now working with Advantage West Midlands to provide a free half day workshop that will give you a 100-day roadmap of how to adopt these principles within your IT department, and how to realise the benefits of this new approach to IT service delivery.

If you are interested in finding out more about agile and lean practices, or need some extra ammunition to persuade the rest of your department to embrace a better way of delivering software and would like to book your place on this workshop, please contact us to find out more.

Listening to your peers in the IT community, there are some common issues in providing IT services to corporate climates.

  • You have multiple development efforts and many project managers

  • Progress on projects is RAG driven and weekly / monthly in arrears

  • You have a long term strategic roadmap, but this is not coupled to the actual work being done today

  • The backlog of requirements from the business is growing faster than you can deliver

  • You spend months producing documentation and yet have delivered no working software

  • Priorities change almost on a daily basis causing your teams to lose focus and become unable to respond

  • The business is beginning to lose patience with the lack of responsiveness and looking outside of the IT department for tactical solutions

  • Estimates for delivery dates for new functionality are difficult to produce and frequently missed

  • Test and Quality Assurance teams are under increasing time pressures, with a resultant increase in defects in production software

  • Change management is painful and noisy

Some forward-thinking companies are looking to the lessons learned from the Lean manufacturing processes developed over the past twenty years, and best practice from the software engineering industry, and applying them to the delivery of corporate IT. In the software development world, the Agile movement has grown to embody much of the learnings and best practice of the lean manufacturing movement, using techniques such as the use of Kanban to monitor and control work in process, Kaizen or continual improvement to refine IT projects in flight, and the use of automation wherever possible to remove the chance of error and improve the quality of IT services.

The principles of agile adoption are as follows:

  1. Deliver value faster and in small pieces to provide immediate control and better risk management on IT projects.

  2. Focus on working systems from day one rather than heavyweight paperwork and processes that do not add any value in themselves.

  3. Make quality an implicit and automatic part of IT, not an expensive process at the end of a project.

  4. Look for and embrace change, rather than hiding from it

  5. Allow the business to control IT investments, rather than being governed by restrictive and slow IT processes

Black Pepper, a leading Midlands-based IT consultancy, have helped many companies – large and small – to benefit from these agile and Lean manufacturing principles. This free half day workshop will provide a detailed 100-day roadmap of how to adopt these principles within your IT department, and how to realise the benefits of this new approach to IT service delivery.

If you are a CIO, IT Director, Head of Software Development, or Programme Manager within the IT arena and would like to book your place on this workshop, please visit www.blackpepper.co.uk/events or contact Adam Wright at adam.wright@blackpepper.co.uk

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