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Agile Transformation

Essence is a Key Enabler to Manufacturer’s Agile Transformation

  • An agile way of working spread to 5,000 practitioners within two years by using an Essence-based Practice Architecture
  • A sustainable path to agility was created - teams could incrementally improve their way of working and growing
  • Practices provided standardization which helped practitioners share and learn best practices
Agile Team work

We must work as a team! Teamwork is critical! There’s no ‘I’ in team!

We must work as a team! Teamwork is critical! There’s no ‘I’ in team!

These mantras are plentiful and many Agilists believe that success at the team level is the foundation to success at the organizational level. But what does it really mean to work as team and is there a common recipe to build and grow a successful agile team? Agile believes in principles before practices and in multi-disciplined, self-organizing teams. All teams need direction and guidance, but with an agile approach no one should be telling the team how to do their job. Teams need to be empowered to make choices rather than be told exactly what to do. But sometimes things can start to unravel and too much time and energy can be wasted arguing about the basics. You can forget about scaling agile if your team is unable to clearly demonstrate the value of agile at the team level.

But, get the basics right at the team level and engaged, highly motivated, cross-functional teams of teams can follow.

Ending Method Wars: The Successful Utilization of Essence at Munich Re

"Could you please describe how an endeavor in application development progresses over time in a healthy way?" In 2010 Munich Re's application development department was asked this question. But as simple as the question may sound, it is as hard to answer. Even more so in a group of people with different views and experiences. One of the big challenges is the lack of a common language to allow the group to discuss, share and compare their ways of working. ESSENCE, an OMG standard finalized in June 2014, provides definitions and tools to overcome this challenge: it enables efficient discussions about a way of working, the identification of the essential elements that teams should share, the sharing of practices and processes, and the unambiguous documentation of defined ways of working. In this manner ESSENCE was successfully utilized at Munich Re to define a common way of working for all endeavors.

The Perfect Foundation to Master the Art of Software Development

As with any new initiative people are struggling to see how it fits into the world and how it relates to all the other things going on. For example does it improve or replace their current ways of working. Is it something like lean that supports and furthers the aims of the Agile Movement, or is it something like waterfall planning that is in opposition to an agile approach?

The good news is that both Agile and SEMAT promote non-prescriptive value-based philosophies that encourage software development teams to select and use whatever practices best fit their context and, most importantly, continuously inspect, adapt and improve their way of working. In this keynote we will look at how these two initiatives complement one another, providing the perfect foundation for teams that want to master the art of software development.

How to Be Lean and Agile with Process, Checkpoints and Governance

Learn how to use simple cards and checklists to achieve lean governance for agile software development projects and programs. First presented as a webinar by Ian Spence on 23rd April 2014.

Part 2 in our 3 Part Agile Quick Talks Webinar Series

A truly agile organization is a learning organization continually refining and improving all its practices. It is not an organization that flits from one fad to another or continuously replaces one flawed process with another, more fashionable one. Change is constant and a sustainable agile transformation harnesses practices to embed and sustain an agile program.

Part 3 in our 3 Part Agile Quick Talks Webinar Series

A mistake that many organizations make is to think that agility is an end in itself rather than an enabler for better business performance. It's critical for organizations to always remember why they are implementing an agile approach. In this webinar, Ian will share with participants how IJI has helped its clients to quantify the results they were looking for and how they measured the effect of their transformation on their business.

Software Development Moves from a Craft to an Engineering Discipline

This equipment vendor needed to move from a traditional waterfall approach to an agile way of working. They decided to engage with Ivar Jacobson International (IJI) to assist them with their agile transformation. IJI was chosen because of its expertise in large-scale agile transformation and its thought leadership. SEMAT’s Essence and IJI’s sustainable change model were central to the equipment provider’s agile transformation strategy and success.

FISMA Compliant Cloud Enables Agility & Innovation

Learn how IJI helped a high profile US Federal Government project succeed with agile systems delivery, utilizing FIMSA compliant public cloud development and test environments.

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