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Presentation: Jan Williams (Snapper) - Blatant Plagiarism

Towards the end of 2010 Agile was introduced at Snapper as a last ditch effort to get a new product to further improve customer service out the door. It wasn't easy. There was conflict, tears and celebrations.The product went out through the door and now an agile approach is used to successfully  complete much of the work done at Snapper.

This presentation will tell the story of Snapper's agile journey, looking at what was learned, what worked, what didn't work and what happened after the coach left.

It will be followed by a panel discussion with some of our most experienced WellyAgile members that compares Snapper's success with other agile initiatives they have been part of to consider what may be the key factors for a successful and sustainable agile initiative.

Our speaker: Jan Williams

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  • Alfred E.

    This was a refreshingly honest and open report on how difficult it is to change the culture (even in a small organisation) to develop in an Agile way. There was also some good insights into how to manage work that the Scrum team does outside the Scrum goal.

    March 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really loved Jan's honesty and humour - especially as she was presenting in front of her bosses :)

    And I was really pleased with the informal discussion at the end - I thought it was just as good as a panel (if maybe shorter in duration).

    March 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good but was hoping for more of the panel discussion / Q7A

    February 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Overall, it was a great presentation. Sharing her experiences first hand with those present. Although my main interest is with RFID technology and its data and how Snapper has grown so successful over the years. I am a PhD student from Victoria University researching on RFID.

    February 29, 2012

  • Sandy M.

    An excellent, thoroughly enjoyable presentation- I am proud to have coached Jan throughout Snapper's Agile adoption.

    February 29, 2012

  • Yolanda Van D.

    Great to hear real 'from the teen he's experience, warts and all

    February 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent. but i would have liked the panel discussion as i am fascinated by the agile governance aspect of adoption.

    February 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Jan for your honest appraisal of Snapper's uptake of Scrum. I've seen teams struggle with exactly the same issues you were describing in the early days. In the words of Ken Schwaber "Scrum is hard and discruptive" at least initially, then once the team get into the swing of things they begin to wonder how they ever managed to do it any other way.

    February 29, 2012

  • Katherine D.

    I found the presentation very interesting and thought that Jan explained the Snapper experience very well. She raised some interesting points that led to a bit of debate towards the end, which I think is a sign of an engaged audience!

    February 29, 2012

  • Martin G.

    I enjoyed Jan's presentation, a good mix of humour and real life experiences on implementing agile. there were some very valuable lessons for others who may be starting the journey or ahve recently started and are looking at what troubles they can avoid. It was good to see that she was supported by some of her colleagues/managers who were heavily involved in the agile implementation too.

    February 29, 2012

  • Julian A.

    Interesting journey and the challenges were many and varied. I liked the content of the comparison to the agile manifesto (amongst other things) - cheers for the enlightenment!

    February 29, 2012

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