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April Meeting of Agile Connecticut: 12 STEPS TO AGILITY
Microsoft Farmington CT
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April Meeting of Agile Connecticut: 12 STEPS TO AGILITY
SESSION: Twelve Steps to Agility with Dan Mezick

You're trying to do Agile & it isn't really taking. You are running into problems...

....at various levels, from naysayers on teams all the way up to C-level execs. At your company, everything is a "top priority" & frequent interruptions are the norm. Explaining "who does what when" is complicated, & there is no clear answer on how to simplify that story. Most meetings you attend are a waste of time in your view. You know Agile is part of the solution, but the results so far are NOT good.

You ask yourself: What steps can we can take now that are quick, cheap & effective?

Your company is not quite ready for Scrum you tried that and no, it didn't really "take". You ended up relating to many of the "Scrum-butt" stories you found on the web. The reality is, you are really in a "pre-Agile" state of being. You are not quite ready yet. What you really need is a set of high-impact, low-cost steps you can take NOW that prepare your team, your department, and perhaps even your wider organization for real movement over time into Agile ways of working.

That is what this session is all about: It is a short list of things you can do right now that prepare your people to really "get" Agile.

Most of these steps are not costly, and every one of them is effective. The steps are from an experienced Agile coach. These steps answer the question "Short of doing Agile "by the book", what can we do now that can help us get better? What steps can we take now that are immediately actionable, not costly, and really effective?"
Attend this session to learn twelve simple steps to Agility. Over 80% of these steps will not cost you a dime. Each of the steps is a kind of pre-Agility practice that can help move your organization forward. When you are doing most of these steps well, you can confidently move into Agile practices. All of these steps prepare you to execute on genuine Agile in your organization. These "pre Agile" practices are 100% aligned with and support authentic Agile thinking and Agile practices.

If you organization is trying to adopt Agile and it isn't really taking, what you need and want are these Twelve Steps to Agility.

This session provides the specific details on implementing each Step. You exit this session with immediately actionable guidance on twelve specific pre-Agile steps you can implement tomorrow in your organization.

NOTE: This content is a session submitted to the Agile2011 conference and it is also content from my forthcoming book scheduled for release August 1 2011.


Step 01: Be Punctual

Step 02: Get Coached

Step 03: Play Games

Step 04: Announce Your Intentions

Step 05: Manage Visually

Step 06: Structure Your Interactions

Step 07: Conduct Frequent, Cheap Experiments

Step 08: Examine Your Norms

Step 09: Promote Specific Books

Step 10: Inspect Frequently

Step 11: Pay Explicit Attention

Step 12: Manage Your Boundaries



Session Structure

600PM Intro to Agile and Scrum , plus some regioinal

700PM Real food and real socializing

720PM Steps 1-6 Described ; Group Exercise (6 minutes)

800PM Steps 7-12 Described ; Group Exercise (6 minutes)

825PM Conclude/Land (3 minutes)

NOTE: Questions are welcome throughout the presentation

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Microsoft Farmington CT
74 Batterson Park Road
Farmington , CT 06032
United States


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