Agile struggles

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.       -Martin Luther King, Jr.

The development team started to learn a lot about Agile and what it meant.  Amanda and Scott educated us all with training on Agile and Scrum, a subset of Agile development.  During the training on of the initial issues came up.  Upper level management turned down invitations to training.   We developed a product backlog or a list of well defined business requests.  In the Agile transformation this is one of the first actionable item is to build up a product backlog.  This is used to determine your sprint items.

The first few sprints were difficult as we were learning as we went.  The first few sprints had development time of three weeks followed by one week of quality assurance or testing.  Then after these four weeks a release was scheduled.  One of the issues that came up in many of these first sprints was that their are no changes in the middle of the sprint.  Many of the executive management was used to being able to call up anyone and get something changed now.  As I stated earlier the upper level management declined invitations to training and so they didn’t understand the “rules of the new game” nor did they care.

After a few months of struggling with Agile adoption Amanda left and new player came on board that helped make some changes.  Next we will talk about some Agile success.

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