Ideally, we should be done with projects. Various modern IT management books have stated that short term lived initiatives are a thing of the past to be replaced with a long-lived product focus.
That is all very well until theory meets the real world and we are forced to deal with annoying facts like non-inhouse development, limited budgets for experimental initiatives or regulatory compliance requirements with strict deadlines that threaten the very existence of banks and insurance companies.
Some conclude that situations, like those mentioned above, are poisonous to an Agile mindset and we might as well revert to the old world of perceived predictability in traditional stage-gate like methods and forget about self-organization, iterative development and fast feedback.
In this presentation, I will present the argument that not only is it possible to use Agile in a project context, it is also infinitely superior in terms of both value, predictability, risk and transparency. I will cover the most important techniques and strategies for achieving a successful result and though it might take more discipline than you expect the actual extra effort required is minimal. Once the basics are in place teams are largely able to work like they would have in any classic long lived Agile product stream.
Implementing Agile and Lean principles in the context of innovation and IT has been Jesper’s work and passion for more than a decade. He has great passion for continuous improvement and is constantly trying out new principles, tools and practices to find better ways of delivering great solutions and make work easier and more enjoyable for everybody.
Jesper works with the entire value stream from C-level to individual team members and is equally at home mentoring the CEO and coaching the delivery team. Jesper runs his own company www.agileupgrade.com(http://www.agileupgrade.com/) and regularly speaks at local meetups and Agile and Lean conferences. He is a Kanban Coaching Professional, Kanban Management Professional and Accredited Kanban Trainer from LKU and has served as trackhost on numerous GOTO and QCon conferences. Jesper is the author of the two popular minibooks “Real Life Scrum” and “Priming Kanban”, which can both be downloaded for free at InfoQ.com.