SUCCESS STORY Audio – Mixing Scrum and Waterfall

Hear about a real world project — Very Large, Complex, Multi-year and Distributed at a market leading financial corporation — where Agile practices were introduced in a very Waterfall traditional environment.

A seasoned PM Consultant, Donnla Nic Gearailt, shares her experience as the Project Manager of a team with responsibilities for the development of NEW software for businesses globally, ranging from tactical bug fixes, to complete system rewrites and re-engineering, to adding new modules to existing systems.

She shares with us in a 30 minute interview:

  • How Waterfall and Scrum fit into her project lifecycle
  • What happened before Scrum Sprints started
  • How Estimating was done with the team and ultimately got management approval
  • What the Team looked like and roles on the team (ie. Project Manager, Product Owner, Stakeholders Business Users, Development, Testing and Release)
  • How her mixed project was integrated with the other waterfall-only projects
  • How dependencies between projects were handled
  • How the Backlog was managed and what was in the backlog
  • What the Scrum Sprints looked like – duration – activities – stand-ups
  • What documentation was used ?
  • How Collaboration was encouraged and achieved with such a distributed team.
  • LOOKING BACK – Donnla also shares what made the project a great success, and key factors any company should consider in mixing Agile & Waterfall when starting to use Agile in their Waterfall world.

SPEAKER: Donnala Nic Gearailt is a Project Management Consultant with CROM Consulting Ltd.  She has been leading and participating in Agile teams for over 4 years and over 8 years in Financial Projects.  She has also played the role of Portfolio Manager, Business Analyst and Developer — and now is the Project Manager of teams.  She has extensive experience in managing projects with many dependencies on other teams and in dealing with the associated issues, such as getting her projects on to the relevant prioritization lists and executed.

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