Agile in a Waterfall World

These days, more and more organizations wish to run some projects using an Agile methodology such as Scrum, Kanban, or XP.

But the problem is, the organizational structure, policies, procedures, governance, controls and even contracts are purpose built to support and reinforce traditional methodologies while unintentionally impeding and discouraging the use of Agile methodologies. If implementing Agile is approached as a minor initiative and “just another methodology option” it is unlikely to survive in this environment.

Unlike most other innovations in the IT/software arena, hitting the sweet spot of Agile requires changes to how the company does business as well as mindset and cultural changes.

Fortunately, there are strategies and tactics that can be applied to enable Agile to succeed within a Waterfall company.

That success can then be leveraged to motivate the changes required to hit the sweet spot of Agile and thus the significant benefits that Enterprise Agility provides. The two main strategies for Agile success in a Waterfall world are to wrap the Agile team in a Waterfall-friendly translation layer and to create a safe zone for Agile teams where they can survive and thrive.

This session will cover:

  • Creating an "Agile Zone"
  • Creating a Waterfall/Agile translation layer
  • An explanation for why implementing Agile, even for a single team, is actually a major initiative and not a minor “just Google it” initiative as perceived by most organizations
  • The significant and unexpected potential financial benefits that provide the justification for the major initiative of adopting Agile
  • An introduction to the Kotter Change Model, a powerful tool for succeeding with any major initiative