For the month of April, Tampa Bay Agile along with Valpak will be hosting author Charles G. Cobb who has just written a new book titled “Managed Agile Development: Making Agile Work For Your Business” which contains a featured case study on the Valpak Agile transformation.
[Valpak will provide pizza and drinks for this event. Please be sure to RSVP!]
Many businesses make the mistake of force-fitting their business or projects to a particular project management methodology (Agile or plan-driven). A better approach is to go in the other direction and design a project management approach to fit the methodology (or combination of methodologies) to your business; however, that can be very challenging and typically involves: (1) adapting the Agile development approach to the business and (2) scaling the Agile approach as necessary to an enterprise level. Fortunately, some new frameworks have been developed to make this easier to do.
Most Agile methodologies such as Scrum are designed to optimize a development process, but no development process exists inside of a cocoon that is independent of the business in which that development process operates. There is always a challenge of integrating a development process like Scrum with higher levels of management that are typically found in many large companies and scaling Agile development processes to work with large, complex enterprise-level projects and programs. This often also involves figuring out how to blend traditional plan-driven management approaches with Agile principles and practices in the right proportions to fit a given business environment.
This session will provide an overview of a new book that has just been published entitled "Managed Agile Development - Making Agile Work for Your Business” that provides some useful guidance for addressing these challenges, positions three different frameworks that are available to make this easier to implement, and presents several case studies of companies that have done this successfully.
Develop an understanding of a hybrid Agile project management approach that combines many of the benefits of an Agile and traditional plan-driven approach.
Learn some of the challenges associated with scaling an Agile development approach to enterprise levels.
Compare case studies of companies that have successfully developed large and complex enterprise-level Agile implementations in different types of environments.
Learn how to develop a balance of agility and predictability to maximize business results without unnecessarily sacrificing other management goals such as risk management and predictability and control of project costs and schedules.
Develop a strategy, action plan, and an approach for improving your company’s Agile project management processes that is well-aligned with your business objectives and compatible with a culture designed to maximize customer value.
Charles G. Cobb is the owner of Breakthrough Solutions, Inc., a consulting company that specializes in helping companies develop more effective enterprise-level Agile implementations that transform their business, achieve faster time-to-market, and produce higher quality products that are well-aligned with customer needs. He is an expert-level Agile Project/Program Manager with over 20 years of program/project management experience with a very broad and deep background in many areas of Business Analysis and Software Development as well as extensive practical, hands-on experience with a number of different development methodologies in many different industries and application areas. He has been a guest speaker at numerous PMI, Agile, and executive-level events and has worked with many companies on developing and improving software development processes for more than 15 years. He has published two previous books on business excellence and business systems analysis and one previous book on Agile Project Management.