Agile Assessment


Your team has decided to use iterative design using Agile Scrum or Kanban techniques. How do you know they are effective and working correctly in an Agile manner? 

 

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Olenick can assess your teams’ Agile effectiveness by doing a short assessment on teams you would like to evaluate. 

 

Olenick will evaluate your team effectiveness with Agile processes and standards according to several vectors, which will be agreed upon at the start of the assessments. These vectors form the core of the assessment, and the findings and recommendations that constitute the assessment deliverables. Some possible assessment vectors include: 

  • Team Structure
  • Epics and Stories
  • Agile Workflow
  • Scrum Ceremonies
  • Sprint Retrospectives and Scrum of Scrums
  • Definition of Done

 

Agile Assessment Activities

  • Attend team meetings and Scrum ceremonies 
  • Conduct interviews and gather information 
  • Document findings on current state and gaps 
  • Prepare recommendations 
  • Present findings based on support of the 12 Agile principles and 4 Agile values 
  • Identify and discuss possibility of using scaled Agile 

 

Agile Assessment Deliverables

  • Current state documentation 
  • Maturity score (1-5) for each assessment vector 
  • People, process, & tools recommendations 
  • Key performance indicators & metrics (KPI’s) for improvement and recommendation implementation 
  • Implementation timeline/duration recommendations 

 

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Whether you are just starting out with iterative design techniques on a single Agile Scrum team, or if you are looking to commit fully to Agile with an Agile Transformation in the Enterprise Environment​, Olenick will ensure your team’s success. 

 

Indicators of Success in Using Agile

If things are going well, you should start seeing one or more of these reaffirming behaviors emerge: ​ 

  • Entire teams begin to think in terms of incremental delivery​ 
  • Communication with stakeholders improves​ 
  • Speed of delivery increases​ 
  • Estimates become more accurate​ 
  • Collaboration among teams improves​ 
  • More process activities are automated​ 
  • Continuous improvement is prevalent​ 
  • There’s a sense of freedom and acceptance to change - not only the software itself, but the process, and even people’s attitudes about change.​ 
  • Deliver value every  week!​ 
  • Always have a potentially shippable product. 
  • Tight-knit, focused teams with strong technical skills keep costs low. 
  • Increasing visibility will satisfy and may even delight the customer. 
  • Focus on quality to avoid disillusioning your customers 
  • Keep your software simple and your options open (wary of technical debt)​ 
  • The longer a project lives, the higher the potential ROI 

 

Olenick has developed and honed an extensive set of tools that improve productivity and engagement impact for our clients.
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