Everything You Want to Know About Agile: How to Get Agile Results in a Less-Than-Agile Organization

  • 2h 16m
  • Jamie Lynn Cooke
  • IT Governance
  • 2012

For anyone who has encountered resistance in their efforts to introduce Agile approaches within their organization, this book is the key to overcoming that resistance.

Making Agile work in your organization:

Everything you want to know about Agile: How to get Agile results in a less-than-Agile organization is written specifically to address the challenges of implementing Agile within the unique structures, constraints and culture of your organization. An essential resource for business professionals and IT decision-makers, this book provides you with the information that you need to assess whether Agile is right for your department, to select the Agile methodologies and practices that are best suited to your work, to successfully implement these approaches in your department, and to monitor and measure the outcomes.

Most importantly, Everything you want to know about Agile comprehensively addresses the issues that IT departments face when they try to implement Agile approaches within the constraints of their traditional organizations, including existing:

  • governance frameworks
  • project management frameworks
  • corporate and departmental budgeting structures
  • contracts
  • corporate reporting
  • staffing and performance review guidelines which are arguably the biggest challenges.

Everything you want to know about Agile is written for executives, IT department managers and other senior decision-makers, yet is equally valuable for IT project managers, team leaders and management consultants who want to deliver successful Agile results.

If you are an IT professional who is already familiar with the benefits of Agile, this book can also help you to address management concerns that Agile approaches may not work within the traditional business practices and constraints of your organization.

The bottom line:

Everything you want to know about Agile gives you a range of strategies for aligning Agile work within the reporting, budgeting, staffing and governance constraints of your organization. It is an essential resource for IT departments that want to deliver successful Agile results, even in the most challenging environments.

About the Author

Jamie Lynn Cooke has 21 years of experience as a senior business analyst and solutions consultant, working with over 125 public and private sector organizations throughout Australia, Canada and the United States. She has been working hands-on with Agile methodologies since 2003, and has researched hundreds of books and articles on Agile topics. She is a signatory to the Agile Manifesto, has attended numerous Agile seminars; and has worked with prominent consultants to promote Agile methodologies to large organizations.

Jamie is a well-regarded speaker on both business and technology topics, most recently presenting on topics such as Getting Management and Customer Support for Using Agile and When is Agile Not the Answer? at the Business Process Modelling World Conference in Brisbane, Australia and at the AgileCanberra professional forums.

Jamie is the award-winning author of Agile Productivity Unleashed: Proven approaches for achieving real productivity gains in ANY organization, which shows how organizations in every industry can use Agile and adaptive management approaches to significantly increase productivity levels and high business value outputs.

She is also the author of Agile: An Executive Guide: Real results from IT budgets, which provides IT executives and managers with the information that they need to make realistic (and justifiable) decisions on whether Agile methodologies are right for their organization, and the strategies to make it happen.

In this Book

  • Everything You Want to Know About Agile—How to Get Agile Results in a Less-Than-Agile Organization
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • What Is Agile?
  • A Five-Minute History of Agile
  • The Core Business Benefits of Agile
  • Common Agile Methodologies at a Glance
  • Who Uses Agile?
  • Why Don’t More Organizations Use Agile?
  • Is Agile Right For My Department?
  • Delivering Agile
  • Selecting the Right Agile Approach for Your Needs
  • Using Agile Tools
  • Measuring Agile Success
  • Aligning Agile with Your Corporate Culture
  • Managing Agile Within Your Existing Project Frameworks
  • Budgeting for Agile Work
  • Reporting on Agile Projects
  • Establishing Agile Contracts
  • Building the Right Agile Team
  • Conducting Performance Reviews for Agile Teams
  • Avoiding Common Agile Traps
  • Expanding Agile
  • More Information on Agile