Different Agile Approaches: XP, Scrum, Lean, Kanban, Scrumban

Get an overview of Agile approaches starting with eXtreme Programming (XP) & Scrum and then hear about Lean-Agile and its team oriented Kanban for software process.

Early Agile methods have been overly-team centric and have eschewed management.  While 2nd generation Agile methods build on a decades old history of Lean thinking and have extended agility in three ways that are not only required for an enterprise engagement but also for creating synergies that improve Agile at the team level:

  1. Extending the Team to across the Enterprise
  2. Extending Individual skill sets to Systemic Thinking
  3. Extending the Worker to include Management

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Scrum, Lean and Kanban: The Pragmatic Webinar Series Recordings

Session 1: Key Kanban Practices – Explicit Policies, Managing Work in Progress and Visibility
Session 2: Using Theories of Flow to Manage Work involving Multiple Teams
Session 3: Using Service Level Agreements to Manage New Work

Session 4: Starting a Non-Agile Team with Kanban
Session 5: Kanban is More Than a Set of Tools – the Mindset of Kanban
Session 6: Management’s Role in Lean-Agile

Session 7: Transitioning to Kanban from Scrum
Session 8: Creating A Kanban Board from a Value Stream Map
Session 9: Comparing Scrum and Kanban

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How to Change an Organizational Culture: Moving Way Beyond “What Sort of Works”

Agile was implemented company-wide at Geonetric after experiencing early success with Agile adoption in their software teams.

“We saw software releases hitting targets,” Eric said, “meeting both scope and deadline requirements. Our software development was accelerating with each sprint, almost doubling in speed over the course of a year.” Eric felt challenged by the boundaries of traditional management thinking. “As a team, we recognized the traditional management model was broken.”

After a lot of soul-searching, Geonetric took the huge leap — and capital investment — to rethink everything and apply Agile across the entire organization to the furthest extent they could imagine.

In this presentation, Eric will demonstrate how to:

  • Flatten the org chart
  • Ditch traditional departments
  • Open up in radical transparency
  • Create a peer-accountable culture

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Transitioning to Agile Webinar Series

Business Agility enables an organization to respond quickly to external forces (such as new market opportunities and competitive forces) as well as to respond quickly to new insights attained internally.

So, how do you achieve Business Agility?

While many organizations have achieved the local optimizations of more effective teams, few have achieved agility at the organizational level. Even when team agility has been achieved, if improvements to how the business is selecting their product enhancements isn’t done, overall return on investment of software development may not have significantly improved.

This webinar series is organized around roles so each person in an organization can be introduced to what they need to know for their business to achieve business agility.

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ScrumMaster or Armchair Psychologist

New ScrumMasters tend to focus on the perceived administration they see in Scrum: facilitating a sprint planning ceremony or a retrospective, for instance. But what tends to get overlooked is the “people stuff.” When ScrumMasters embrace their new role, they ask:

  • “My team is sticking to their old roles. How do I get them to work together?”
  • “Nobody updates our information radiators. How do I get people to do this?”

These are not truly “Scrum” problems but, rather, are people problems. Ah, enter the armchair psychologist now known as ScrumMaster. How do you get people to do anything?  This is more art than science, and it requires ScrumMasters to be willing to roll up their sleeves and engage in active facilitation.

This webinar hosted by Scrum Alliance will focus on practical tips to help any ScrumMaster tackle the greater task of improved teamwork.

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What They Forgot to Tell You About Agile

Do Agile without sprints?   Stop using Story Points?   Create a Microsoft project plan for my sprint?

This webinar covers numerous uncommon ways of being Agile, without conforming to the most common Agile practices.  You will learn what seasoned Agile teams know – that Agile principles can be supported in numerous ways, not strictly by the practices we usually associate with Agile.

DURATION: 1 hour
Earn PDU’s: 1


SPEAKER: Greg Smith is a seasoned Agile coach and the founder of GS Solutions Group. He is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Agile Project Manager, and a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner. Read more


WEBINAR SERIES – Business & Agility

As Agile has matured, it also has diverged.  That is, there are not only more and more methods, there are more and more mindsets.  Some believe a team-centric approach is best, others believe one must start with an enterprise view.  Some believe you are best starting with those writing the code, others believe you should start with those deciding what products/features need to be built.  Some believe explicit workflows are a slippery slope back to waterfall while others have seen them result in faster than expected learning.  Other issues revolve around design, portfolio management, culture, transition methods and more.  How can one get to where the trure value of Agile is? How does one adopt Agile in a way that makes sense for their organization? Read more


Case Study into Leveraging Scaled Agile Framework™ in Mixed Waterfall and Agile Environments

While the adoption of Agile practices has become more and more prevalent in the industry, it’s clear that many large organizations are often unable to go “all in.” Even as we attempt to isolate initial use of Lean and Agile methods in a “pilot” environment, external forces often exist that prevent a “pure” implementation.  Waterfall and Agile/Lean can co-exist.

This Agilista PM webinar will dive into 3 real life situations with mixed Agile/Waterfall environments to show you:

  •   How Agile projects can align their plans to a Waterfall project when they are not in sync?
  •   How Waterfall projects can operate within a fixed cadence?
  •   How to deal with potential issues that may arise in these mixed environments?
  •   How to know when things are not working and when to make some changes?

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Scaled Agile Framework – Q&A RoundTable with Dean Leffingwell

Listen to a great Q&A Session on the Scaled Agile Framework™ answered by the Scaled Agile Partner team of Dean Leffingwell, Drew Jemilo and Colin O’Neill who are the founders of SAFe.  They have been using the framework to scale Agile at clients like BMC, John Deer -while leveraging Scrum, Kanban and XP practices.   They explain how you too can leverage SAFe at your organizatino as well.

Questions discussed include:

  • Provide an example of how Agile was successfully scaled, size of org, and keys to your success
  • Pricing models prevalent in the industry of large Agile transformations
  • How to use estimations to build up roadmaps
  • Delivering on time without imposing due dates on teams
  • Managing teams that are not co-located or even in the same timezone (offshore resources)
  • How SAFe enhances quality
  • How can scaled Agile be used effectiely with limited resources
  • What is the role of PMO and Project Manager in the Scaled Agile Framework?
  • and much more….

SPEAKERS: Dean Leffingwell – entrepreneur, executive, author and consulting methodologist who provides agile transformation consulting services to large software enterprises. Dean was the chief methodologist to Rally Software where he focused on the application of agile development methods to large scale software development. Dean also served as Sr. Vice President to Rational Software (now IBM’s Rational Division), where his responsibilities included development and commercialization of the Rational Unified Process (RUP), ClearQuest, RequisitePro and the company’s methodology and product training courses. Dean is the author of several books, Agile Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise ; Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises , and Managing Software Requirements: First and Second Editions.

Drew Jemilo has over 20 years of experience using Agile, Lean, and traditional methodologies in companies ranging from lean startups to global corporations. He has worked in the US and Europe applying technical and leadership experience in Agile program and portfolio management, change management, organizational design, coaching, and training. He has worked with Dean Leffingwell on a large global client to synchronize distributed teams in the US, India and Eastern and Western Europe, with a significant number of mostly independent, yet necessarily cooperative, Agile Release Trains.

Colin O’Neill has been a successful IT consultant for 26 years. He has led and coached numerous organizations in enterprise Agile and Unified Process (UP) systems development and integration efforts, business process re-engineering and improvement, requirements definition, data modeling, object modeling, enterprise architecture, risk management, quality assurance, testing, change & configuration management, system deployment, training, and mentoring. Colin has worked hands-on in every lifecycle phase and discipline. He is known for quickly increasing technical organization efficiency and speeding product delivery.

PDU: 1 *** PDU info is provided in recording ***
COST: Free