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How to introduce Agile in a Waterfall environment?
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If you are managing infrastructure projects such as Data migrations, Server upgrades and platform migrations. How do you introduce Agile?
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Well, the key is that Agile is fittable to every kind of project on its managing, but when doing specific tasks, is the team who define if there is a relationship between tasks and plan on which sprint every task must be performed. In this case, is the team in the sprint planning responsible to define the task order in accordance with product owner priorities.
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I think it is difficult to incorporate any methodology that falls under the Agile umbrella (especially Scrum) for infrastructure projects.

Reason being the scope of an infrastructure project is well defined. Even if there is any change in the requirements, the same will be tracked as separate line items in the project plan.

However, a Kanban board can be prepared to track the progress of project activities.
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1 reply by Deepesh Rammoorthy, PMP®AgilePM®
Jan 03, 2019 5:09 PM
Deepesh Rammoorthy, PMP®AgilePM®
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Depends on what you define as Infrastructure?
Are you referring to Data Center Migration ? If yes, then I don't see how Data Center Migration cannot be done as an Agile Project where every sprint achieves clearly visible value .
Example :- You can move infrastructure associated with a set of applications in the one sprint.

And no, not all infrastructure projects need to have clearly defined requirements at the start.

I don't know much about construction/engineering projects but i have heard that even they can be done using Agile.
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Assuming we're speaking of introducing at the organizational level, e.g. get buy-in and support from leadership. To accelerate, organize through dialogue, highlighting a cadence of value delivery.
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In these previous projects we used waterfall. We don’t have any agile tools to use like Jira. However I’m trying to search for any free tools to use to implement Agile on a small workstream that involves a product owner identifying the epics and task that apply to a larger project.
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Andrew, the buy-in is there and it now needs to be put into action.
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1 reply by Andrew Craig
Dec 26, 2018 5:01 PM
Andrew Craig
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Great! Buy-in is key. Hopefully, the that and the support is long-term :)
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Patanjali, my sentiments exactly! I like that suggestion about the Kanban for task organizations. It’s a start.
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Question is: why do you need to introduce Agile?. You have to do that question first of all. The answer must be "to solve a business problem". If that is the question, then the steps I recommended to do are (after working in this type of things from 1995): 1-understand what Agile really is. 2-you have to make an activity that belongs to business analysis to understand the problem to solve and your current situation to evaluate the impacts for implementing the solution (Agile in this case). Time ago I wrote an article to do that in a practical way that was published by the PMI and the IIBA as best practices. Here the link hopping it could help you: https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-pos...-right-solution
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Sergio, that’s a good question. The Corp is deciding to go Agile. I’m trying to figure how that methodology fits into the type of projects we are currently managing. Thanks for the link, I will look into it.
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Dec 26, 2018 6:41 PM
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That´s one of the point: Agile is not a methodology neither a method. Agile, by definition, is "a way of thinking and behave with focus on client, value and quality". Then, first of all, your company has to be defined client, then from client defined value then from the other defined quality. All these stuff can be defined by business where a company could have more than one business defined into it. In my actual work place we are using Agile principles for infraestructure projects and we create our own Agile based method to do that. A method is composed by a process model and a life cycle based on that process model, basically.
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Agree with PATANJALI, that Kanban could be a good option. These are more like maintenance or operations than projects. As in, ongoing, and repeated, and not always requiring a business justification.
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Dec 26, 2018 1:40 PM
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Andrew, the buy-in is there and it now needs to be put into action.
Great! Buy-in is key. Hopefully, the that and the support is long-term :)
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