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Agile DC 2015

On October 26th, we had the pleasure of attending the Agile DC conference for the third year. Agile DC brings together an impressive community of Agile practitioners and thought leaders from around the region, for a full day of presentations and networking.

For those in attendance, we were the keynote sponsor, so you probably saw us up on stage prior to the keynote speaker, James Grenning. Following that, we were excited to have 2 speakers at the event, our CEO, Mike Harris, and our VP of Consulting, Tom Cagley.

Both of their presentations are now available for download:

  • What if you need to scale Agile but don’t fit the models? A case study.
  • Budgeting, Estimation, Planning, #NoEstimates, and the Agile Planning Onion – They ALL make sense!

As always, if you have any questions or need more information, just leave a comment below and we'll be sure to get back to you!

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Drinking the Agile Movement Kool-Aid

Rob CrossI recently had the pleasure of attending two single-day conferences focused on the Agile development methodology, Agile Philly and Agile D.C. I have been in the software industry the majority of my 20-year career and these conferences reminded me a lot of various professional experiences I’ve had over the years where I was selling a paradigm shift or disruptive change countering the usual modus operandi. 

 In general, the recipe for change for these shifts tends to include:

  • Tremendous Passion [You embody and live what you preach]
  • Unlimited High Energy [As if you had an I.V. drip of caffeine 24x7]
  • Junkyard Dog Tenacity [Where failure = valuable feedback and another opportunity to iterate success]
  • Infectious Enthusiasm [“Why is this dude always so happy and excited about this?”]
  • Unwavering Faith [When everyone else looks at you as if you’re crazy, yet you still believe you are on the right path]
  • A Dash of Luck  [There needs to be a little Irish in all of us]

 In both conferences I attended, it was absolutely obvious which folks in attendance were Agile practitioners – they had all of the above ingredients. 

Zealot / “zeal·ot” - a person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political, or other ideals. 

I definitely found myself in the company of Agile Zealots, and I use this term in a complimentary way. Just like Moses came down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments, the Agile methodology has its own manifesto with 12 commandments and a dedicated website to remind us all what those are.

THE CRUSADE

These Agile conferences, which take place nationally, remind me of localized crusades into corporate America’s IT departments to evangelize and convert managers and developers into disciples. I think these types of conferences are fantastic! And just to be clear, during an open question-and-answer session, I asked, “Are there any particular circumstances or projects where Agile doesn’t make sense?” (Before asking the question I definitely made sure I was close to an exit with no obstructions!) The whole room turned to look at me, but the panel appreciated the question and did not proceed to stone me in the town square; instead, it provided an excellent answer with various scenarios where Agile may not make sense. Bravo!

NET NET

Agile is an excellent methodology and everything about it makes logical sense. However, as we all know, change is not easy and adopting Agile requires lots of changes organizationally and, most important, culturally. This change includes thinking of your organization as horizontal rather than vertical, as well as putting into place an Agile workforce development plan, which requires management sponsorship. This is very hard and I certainly heard stories while attending these conferences of disasters and successes. All success stories had tremendous heartache and pain, but their businesses, products and customers are far better off having gone through the metamorphosis.   

Just like most transformational things in life, the process to obtain success is not a light switch and may take years to achieve. However, if the entire organization embraces the recipe for change above, then converting from the old to Agile will be a lot quicker and easier – but not without failures along the way. Those who believe in the Agile manifesto and succeed in its implementation will obtain a powerful weapon to outmaneuver those who don’t. 

Of course, we're always here to help your organization effectively embrace Agile. Questions? Just ask!


Rob Cross
PSC Vice President, DCG Sales

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DCG is All About Agile

We've worked with numerous clients on Agile-related engagements, so we've seen first-hand the benefits that come from the framework.

Agile continues to take hold in the software development industry, but it's never too late to brush up on your Agile skills or delve into new Agile-related topics to see what else is out there.

If you're new to Agile or just looking to learn more about Agile strategies and techniques, we've got a variety of upcoming events that may be of interest to you.

Webinar: Raise Your Game: Agile Retrospectives

Date: September 18 at 11:30am EST
Presenter: Tom Cagley, Certified Scrum Master and Agile Practice Lead

Tips and strategies for improving your Agile retrospectives.

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Webinar: Is SAFe a Good Fit For My Organization?

Date: September 30 at 12:30pm EST
Presenter: Mike Harris, President and Certified Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant; Tom Cagley, Certified Scrum Master and Agile Practice Lead

A brief overview of SAFe 3.0, addressing the questions you should be asking yourself if you think your organization is - or should be - seriously considering SAFe.

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Webinar: Agile Risk Management

Date: October 24 at 11:30am EST
Presenter: Tom Cagley, Certified Scrum Master and Agile Practice Lead

A discussion of the best strategies for managing risk in an Agile environment.

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Of course, if webinars aren't for you, maybe we'll see you at one of the Agile conferences we'll be attending this fall.

We hope you'll join us at one (or more!) of these events. Of course, if you just want to chat about Agile, feel free to contact us - we love a good discussion!

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"It's frustrating that there are so many failed software projects when I know from personal experience that it's possible to do so much better - and we can help." 
- Mike Harris, DCG Owner

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