Experience Report Program - 2015 Experience Reports
Lean Sales Up - Making value from product conception by Jorge Silva. This report tells of how one company learned how to bridge the gap between sales expectations and execution of an agile software project.
From Scrum to Kanban - A Team’s Journey by Aki Namioka.. An experienced agile team transitioned from Scrum to Kanban as they began work on a new product. Even though they eliminated sprints, they found that maintaining a weekly cadence of planning on Mondays and retrospectives on Fridays, contributed to their maintaining a regular tempo.
- Mob Programming – My first team by Robert "Jason" Kerney. Jason shares a very personal story about what it was like for him to join a mob programming team. As Jason says, "I cannot picture me being on a team without wanting to be with a team. This is the difference between now and every other project and company where I have worked."
Agile2015 Conference Experience Reports
- Liven Up Agile Learning with Code jams by Sondra Asjmore and Jodi Jones. Learn how folks at Principal Financial Group use Code Jams as a way to change how they work.
- Thanks God it's Open Friday! by Corinna Baldauf! Every other Friday at sipgate GMbH, using an Open Space format employees are free to do whatever they think is important.
- Exploring your Congenital Agility by Caleb Brown and Sarah Anderrson. This report reflects on a source of patience and fortitude pursuing an agile journey.
- Feedback via fudge candies by Krysztof Czajka. Read about an experiment replacing an ineffective process with a fun, light-weight appreciation process.
- Strategies for adopting Test Driven Development in Operations by Ranjib Dey. Read how TDD can fit into Operations, enhancing efficiency and automation.
- An Agile Triple Play: Business Process Reengineering Meets SOA Meets Large-Scale Agile by Denis Doelling and Edward Goldgehn. This report tells of agilely reengineering business processes and implementing a new SOA based system.
- The Agile Architect: Our Experience in Discovering a Successful Pattern by Chris Edwards and Sean Dunn. Read of these authors' experiences at IHS as they learned how architects as servant-leaders can transition from scouts into coaches, and beyond.
- 99 Problems but a Coach Ain't One by Susan Evans. This is a very personal story of one person's journey from internal coach fighting corporate culture to a consultant finding joy working with those who actually want to sharpen their agile skills and practices.
- Hardened Agility: Deploying Agile at a Defense Contractor by Joe Gariano. Read how at General Dynamics they've learned to overcome some fundamental obstacles to practicing agile in the defense industry.
- 8 Years Agile - From Startup ScrumMaster to Agile Coaching Group at a Company of 500 by Heidi Helfand. A story of how as a company grew and evolved, so did the roles and responsibilities of its internal agile coaches.
- Lessons Learned From Agile Testing a Mission Critical and Complex System by Melanie Hopwood. Read how at Asynchrony, they've put together a combination of traditional testing practices, automated testing practices for an application their users depend on when doing security for such events like the Boston marathon.
- Can you be remotely agile? by Mark Kilby. Read how a startup has successfully tackled agile development with completely distributed teams spread across multiple timezones.
- User group dying? Time to build a state-wide learning netwok! rby Mark Kilby, Stephanie Davis and Alex Kanaan. Find out how three agile user groups in Florida revived their agile communities by banding together.
- Talk Ain't Easy - Round-the-World Agile Without any Talby Gerard Meszaros. FeedXL found a way to do agile development with all remote developers collaborating using cloud-based tools and they never actually talk.
- National Geographic: How to Implement Agile Processes in a 127 Year Old Magazine Tradition by Constance Miller. Read about how a tradition-bound institution is transitioning to agile development processes and practices.
- Data Driven Portfolio Planning: Implementing the Rally ORCA tool by Deanna Miller and Micah Schwnitze. Read how one organize drove change by offering simple and transparent views of business demand and engineering capcity, enabling what-if analysis by executive decision-makers.
- Going All In: Lessons Learned in Agile IT at Harvard Buisness Publishing bu Elizabeth Ross. Lessons learned from re-organizing the Harvard Business Publishing Enterprise IT department into agile teams.
- Facing Fake-to-Fake: Lessons Learned from Distributed Scrum by Vincent Tietz and Alfred Monch. Read about experiements and learnings at Saxonia in effectively doing distributed Scrum.
- Rebooting Agile @ GE Transportation by Julie Wenzel and Jesse Fewell. Read how the largest builder of railroad equipment re-booted an existing agile program and has kept learning and adapting.
Experience Report Program - 2014 Experience Reports
- One Bug Per Month by Patkós Csaba. This reports tells of the agile journey of a team at Syneto, a company based in Romania. Over a period of 4 years they shifted from a waterfall process to an agile one. More important to their continuing success, they became an organization that is ever open to change, improvement and continuous learning.
- Actionable Metrics At Siemens Health Services by Daniel Vacanti and Bennet Vallet. This report details how a shift from traditional agile metrics (Story Points, Velocity) to actionable flow metrics (Work In Progress, Cycle Time, Throughput) reduced Cycle Times, increased quality, and increased overall predictability at Siemens Health Services.
- No Way Agility in the Federal Government by Brandon Raines and Judy Neher. This report describes the road taken to transform a major government organization using Agile, Lean and Scrum principles, practices and techniques.
- Tearing Down the Walls: Embedding QA in a TDD/Pairing and Agile Environment by Stephanie Savoia. Stephanie tells how Marchex, Inc., evolved from a traditional waterfall process with a separate QA group, to an agile one where QA and Devs work together on the same team.
Agile2014 Conference Experience Reports
- Agile and Six Sigma, how do they mix together? by Mohamed Amr and Ayman Khalifa. This experience report is about how agile software development and Six Sigma can benefit from each other and the gaps that are filled by mixing them.
- A rescue of a COTS public sector project using agile, Scrum, lean, and SAFe principles, practices and frameworks by Ben Blanquera. This report chronicles the turnaround of a failing enterprise scale (200+ FTEs) Oracle - COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) implementation in a public agency.
- When the Business Wants Waterfall: Implementing Agile in a Phase-Based Environment by Marjorie Farmer. This report covers how Halliburton implemented an agile-based process while still allowing agile software projects to comply with the corporate standard waterfall process framework.
- Head On Collision: Agile QA Driving In A Waterfall World by Eric Hile. This report relates how one team did Agile Quality Assurance and challenged old guard attitudes of Waterfall teams as well Agile stereotypes in their organization.
- Growing pains - Scaling Agile to achieve greater capability in service delivery by Mia Horrigan. This reports tells how one organization improved delivery times, structured itself for success, and developed a resourcing model for team delivery that scaled from projects to programs by applying Scrum and Lean principles.
- Using ATDD To Build Customers That Care by Samuel Hotop, Lav Pathak, and Jeffrey Davidson. This experience report tells how Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) was used to engage product owners, build a ubiquitous language, and promote faster feedback developing Natural Gas Pipeline management software.
- Technology-Driven Development: Using Automation and Development Techniques to Grow an Agile Culture by Hiroyuki Ito.This experience report describes a technology-focused practice for a new smartphone application and how it made the work efficient and helped drive cooperation and learning.
- Agile in the Federal Space: Best Practices for Keeping Documentation Lean by Olivia Kasilik and Omar Silver. This report tells how the Food and Drug Administration Emergency Operations Network Incident Management System agile team reduced the burden of documentation requirements in their heavily regulated environment.
- Using Communities of Practice for Alignment and Continuous Improvement at DigitalGlobe by Andrew Korbel. This experience report tells how several communities of practice (CoP) were started and their impacts on Digital Globe as they grew a project from 4 to 12 teams.
- Implementing Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) at Panera Bread: A Recipe for Success by Mark Lines. This report describes how Panera Bread learned and applied Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) framework on their first project.
- Portfolio Kanban - Seeing the Bigger Picture by Sandy Mamoli. This report describes how TradeMe introduced Portfolio Kanban alongside workflow and team restructuring to better manage their project pipeline.
- Distributed Team Technology For Co-Located Teams by Daniel Markham. This report presents the advantages, benefits, and challenges when using various tools made for distributed teamwork and collaboration.
- Marketing scrum vs IT scrum – two marketing case studies who now ‘act first and apologize later’ by Jeroen Molenaar. This report explains how Scrum principles can be effectively applied to the development of new marketing campaigns, their full commercial expressions, and even to new product development.
- Origins of Teams: Darwinian Observations in the Wild by Blake Nyquist and Wade Wachs. This experience report covers the ongoing, 14-year evolution of an engineering team at a web hosting company that powers a sizable portion of the Internet.
- Taking Our Agile Passion to a Volunteer Fire Department – A Report From the Fire Line by Tom O’Connor. This report tells how an agile coach applied his leadership and teamwork skills to volunteering at his local fire department and encourages us to take lessons learned from agile experiences to apply to other parts of our world.
- Metrics for Understanding Flow by Ken Power. The report presents a useful set of metrics and describes how they reveal how work is flowing: Cumulative Flow, Throughput Analysis combined with Demand Analysis, Cycle Time, and Lead Time.
- Our Estimates are Terrible! by Hans Samios. This report tells how at one organization even though they were planning the “agile way” they fell into the trap of over-commitment when the new idea (points) did not line up with the old, familiar estimating approach (hours).
- Taking small steps in a big organization (An experience report on implementing Exploratory Testing into a large organization) by John Stevenson. This is a story of how the author implemented Exploratory Testing in a big company, one step at a time.
- A ‘Creole Cottage’ pattern for building a Scrum Master Community and solving company-wide problems by Ni Sun. This report describes a pattern for building a Scrum Master community, solving company-wide problems and making continuous improvement for processes.
- Converting A Successful Criminal Justice Program From Waterfall To Agile by Craeg Strong. This report explores the motivations for instituting Agile on an already-successful program with 2 million lines of code, the challenges encountered, and the lessons learned.
- Mob Programming – A Whole Team Approach by Woody Zuill. This report describes Mob Programming, a software development approach where the whole team works on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, and at the same computer.