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The Project Manager's Guide to Mastering Agile: Principles and Practices for an Adaptive Approach by Charles G. Cobb

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14 Enterprise-Level Agile Transformations

THE WORDS AGILE TRANSFORMATION MAY mean different things to different companies. There is also an adoption curve associated with agile, and companies may be at different levels on that adoption curve. An agile transformation may take a long time to implement, depending on the scope and difficulty of the transformation effort.

No matter what the situation, an agile transformation typically involves some level of change, and the transformation should be planned. If the company is just starting out on an agile transformation, it may make sense to pilot the approach on a small scale before attempting to do an enterprise-wide transformation. This chapter provides some guidelines on planning and managing an agile transformation.

PLANNING AN AGILE TRANSFORMATION

The following are things to consider in planning an agile transformation.

Define the goals you want to achieve

I have seen so many companies take a brute-force approach to becoming agile. Doing an agile transformation just for the sake of becoming more agile is not necessarily an appropriate goal. What business value do you expect to get from it?

To many companies, being agile means just going faster. In many cases, that simply means putting pressure on developers to work nights and weekends in Death March projects to get projects done quickly. Agile isn't necessarily only about becoming faster—if it's done correctly, it can have a dramatic positive impact on the way your whole company ...

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