- How does effective governance impact agile development projects
- What are effective governance practices?
Tammy, this is a great question. When consulting with customers, I usually start by trying to understand what their pain points are and what’s preventing them from achieving their goals. What is the management team trying to achieve by becoming more agile? Or, what are the teams hoping to achieve by embracing agile delivery methods? What is most important?
That’s what we encourage measuring – the thing that you hope to impact/change by embracing agility. Is it the ability to more rapidly deliver business value than they have in the past? Is it to overcome quality issues that are preventing them from retaining or winning additional business? Is it to get more accurate visibility into the actual progress of a deliverable? Or maybe the ability to adapt more quickly to changing requirements in a highly innovative environment? Or it could even be to have happier customers throughout the delivery process.
There are studies that compare Agile success to waterfall in general (Scott pointed to one previously)… for the individual company, client, organization or team it’s about achieving the goals and “to be” state that you have set for yourself. That’s what we measure.