Let’s talk about co-location. One of the basic principles in establishing an Agile team is that it has to be co-located. Co-location enhances communication, builds team spirit etc. However, in the post COVID-19 era we will see a lot of employees working from home. Some say it is a fact that we’ll have to get used to.
Organizations can adopt the Agile mindset in many ways. Scrum, being an Agile subset, is one of them. However, focusing on Scrum only and not adopting a true End-to-End Lean-Agile process will challenge the organization capability to deliver true value to its customers. The challenge is even greater in large organizations.
Let’s talk about “Agile Champions”. One of the key success factors in Agile implementation is the early identification of the organizational “Agile Champions” who are going to be the first group to adopt the Agile mindset that will lead the Agile organization in the long run.
Let’s talk about working with ALM tools. I would like to emphasize that ALM tool is a tool that should support us and not lead us. However, after leading many #Agile transformations I have realized that none of the tools I have seen is fully supporting the principles and processes we have implemented. It does not support even 80% of what we need.
Let’s talk about organizational WIP. Some of the organizations I have met are surprised to see that although they are trying to maintain WIP at team level it is almost impossible to maintain the WIP they have defined without affecting the requirements at the portfolio level.