As the Department of Defense focuses on “delivering 75% solutions in months [instead of] 100% solutions in years” Agile is finding its way into big, traditionally managed programs. This event http://www.afei.org/events/2A01/Pages/default.aspx specifically addresses Agile in Defense. My presentation was an invitation following a successful meeting at the ADAPT meeting and also included tips for making Agile successful. See presentation link below. Several of the speakers were from Defense departments and provided good insights.
The Keynote speaker, Dr. Steven J. Hutchison, provided some compelling information starting with his problem statement. He showed the workflow diagram of the defense acquisition process. Dr. Hutchison also showed some compelling information where test integrates throughout the lifecycle process this includes all testing types including OT and others.
Dr. Robert Charette followed with an solid reminder about risk management. The specific types of risk that Dr. Charette discussed included acquisition and that the acquisition folks must be involved. Dr. Charette also cautioned us that several good past change efforts have failed.
Mr. Tony Stout did an excellent job focusing on the people the qualities of good teams and how to build a quality workforce, specifically in Agile environments. This was the second speaker from a test focus. I find this refreshing.
Mr. Ronald Pontius is heading the Council on the changes to governance in order to support agile development. Mr. Pontius updated us on the responses from several agencies and working groups to support section 804 http://www.defense.gov/pubs/pdfs/804Reportfeb2007.pdf.
I just finished speaking at the PMO Symposium 2011 http://www.pmosymposium.org this morning. This has been a great conference focusing on how do organizations deliver value. Historically, there has been a lot of challenges between PMOs and software teams, notably in the Agile space. Many of the conflicts are misunderstandings. The true conflicts can be addressed better when we start migrating from constraint-driven to value-driven management. Many people asserted that the PMO’s need to help organizations achieve success through Lean and Agile principles, practices and methods.
My presentation addressed the issues of communication between business and agile teams. Traditional EVM makes no sense in software (and is potentially harmful) because claiming value earned based on intermediate work products–without an assertion of quality–does not provide reasonable forecasts. Agile provides an assertable and inspectable quality. Also, by ordering in terms of highest Business Value and risk considerations along with potentially shippable increments, I believe starts to include notions of value. Still, AgileEVM measures performance against plans (that can be re-baselined every iteration if needed). AgileEVM integrates cost management. Doing it well means not giving up what Agile offers: adaptive planning, quality.
This presentation focused on two themes: asserting quality – an opportunity agile presents – and leveraging adaptive planning, which is a consequence of agile software development. AgileEVM became a big part of this talk when the audience requested more information about it at dinner.
This fall we are launching a webinar series on the potential of Earned Value Management to transform Agile development organizations. You are cordially invited to join us for the first session –
Translating Points to Dollars: Agile EVM and Project Portfolio Management
Friday, November 19, 9:30-10:30 PST
Agile teams speak in points and iterations, but business managers think in terms of dates and dollars. This conceptual and language barrier makes strategic business planning and reporting a significant challenge for Agile teams.
In this webinar you will learn:
- How to bridge the “Points vs. Dollars” language barrier to simplify project portfolio management, address the needs of strategic planners, and reduce the overhead of “managing up”.
- How Agile development teams use AgileEVM to more quickly identify cost, schedule, scope and quality issues on Agile projects.
You will see real-life examples of AgileEVM in action, and you’ll learn why the AgileEVM application has galvanized Agile thought leaders and executives from leading IT and commercial product organizations. You’ll also learn from Barton’s and Sterling’s own experience as Agile development team leaders, consultants and instructors. An interactive Q&A session will further enrich the discussion.
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About the Presenter:
AgileEVM cofounders Brent Barton and Chris Sterling created the AgileEVM application to bridge the gap between Agile methodologies and traditional business metrics, so that organizations can better plan, manage, and realize the full value of IT investments.
Brent Barton’s executive management background and nearly two decades of experience in software technology gives him the ability to provide valuable guidance concerning engineering capability and organizational proficiency. Brent has used Agile practices for a decade to help small, medium and Fortune 100 organizations overcome seemingly intractable problems and successfully deliver mission-critical solutions.
Update: Slides are now available:
Brent Barton and Chris Sterling presented this at a webinar for Boeing.