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Pinned topic Virtual Roundtable - Agile Government: Agile Governance

‏2013-02-19T09:52:47Z |

Agile Government Virtual Roundtable

 
Welcome to this round table discussion which will run until Tuesday 26th February.
 
In this thread we are discussing Agile Governance.
  • How does effective governance impact agile development projects
  • What are effective governance practices?
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Updated on 2013-02-22T16:28:05Z at 2013-02-22T16:28:05Z by elizabethwoodward
  • tammykulesa
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    Re: Virtual Roundtable - Agile Government: Agile Governance - Metrics

    ‏2013-02-20T19:29:01Z  in response to HazelWoodcock
     How do you measure Agile success or failure, and how does it compare to Waterfall projects?
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      Re: Virtual Roundtable - Agile Government: Agile Governance - Metrics

      ‏2013-02-21T13:52:50Z  in response to tammykulesa
       I've done a fair bit of work around this very issue.  If you look at the 2011 IT Project Success Survey results you'll see that agile teams, on average, perform better than traditional teams.  You'll also see that different teams have different success criteria, there is no common way to measure success except by judging the teams on the success criteria they worked under.
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      Re: Virtual Roundtable - Agile Government: Agile Governance - Metrics

      ‏2013-02-22T16:28:05Z  in response to tammykulesa
       

      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.

  • ScottAmbler
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    Agile Governance Requires Discipline

    ‏2013-02-21T13:56:14Z  in response to HazelWoodcock
     I think you'll find the article Agile Governance Requires Discipline to be an interesting read.  When we developed Disciplined Agile Delivery we choose to build governance practices right into the methodology.  This is the only agile method where this has been done explicitly.