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Shaping Change - Driving Customers from Waterfall to SAFe/Agile/DevOps
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We have a product team that is Agile based. The customer leadership still thinks and plans in terms of waterfall. Can anyone recommend good study material that addresses how to introduce, communicate, shape and institute a change to SAFe and Agile at the leadership or customer level?
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There is a big mistake thinking thta DevOps is something new. DevOps is a new "buzzword" to call something that is outside there from 1956. Forget about to use DevOps if you do not have Configuration Management on place.The same for other things. Agile is not about to software, IT, a process, a method and did not start with the Manifesto. You can use Agile practice with waterfall life cycle model. Is like if you decide to use Lean (while Agile and Lean are not the same). On the other side, to use something will impact the whole organization.
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Sergio, new is a relative term based upon where a customer is currently at with their organization, methods and processes. I understand lean manufacturing and agile concepts have been around for many years. However, SAFe, Agile and DevOps are all new concepts for my customer's customer. Our team needs to initiate organizational change to get the other stakeholders into alignment. I'm looking for resources and material, e.g. case studies, what's worked, what doesn't work, challenges to lookout for, etc. that would provide a basis to conduct change from waterfall to the new methods and processes.
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Feb 28, 2019 3:49 PM
Sergio Luis Conte
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Perhaps because english is not my first language I did not express very well. Just to comment I am in charge of those initiatives in my actual work place. If you are saying that you need to understand those topics because you have a client and the client is using it then go for it. There is not much to say. Where you can find the real and confiable information? SAFe here:https://www.scaledagileframework.com/
DevOps here: https://devops.com/
Agile? When, here is the problem. If you are searching for Agile methods for sofrware development you have to start with the Manifesto
BUT the best way to walk from waterfall based environments to Agile is Tom Gilb´s EVO
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Nick -

I'm not keen on the use of the term "Driving". Increased agility is something which people should want rather than be enforced on them.

Given the behavior and mindset changes involved, this is an organization change management exercise - pick your favorite model (e.g. ADKAR, Kotter) and apply their principles.

Kiron
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Feb 28, 2019 5:50 PM
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Thank you Kiron. Yes, absolutely organizational change management is method we are using to manage this transition.
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Feb 28, 2019 3:31 PM
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Sergio, new is a relative term based upon where a customer is currently at with their organization, methods and processes. I understand lean manufacturing and agile concepts have been around for many years. However, SAFe, Agile and DevOps are all new concepts for my customer's customer. Our team needs to initiate organizational change to get the other stakeholders into alignment. I'm looking for resources and material, e.g. case studies, what's worked, what doesn't work, challenges to lookout for, etc. that would provide a basis to conduct change from waterfall to the new methods and processes.
Perhaps because english is not my first language I did not express very well. Just to comment I am in charge of those initiatives in my actual work place. If you are saying that you need to understand those topics because you have a client and the client is using it then go for it. There is not much to say. Where you can find the real and confiable information? SAFe here:https://www.scaledagileframework.com/
DevOps here: https://devops.com/
Agile? When, here is the problem. If you are searching for Agile methods for sofrware development you have to start with the Manifesto
BUT the best way to walk from waterfall based environments to Agile is Tom Gilb´s EVO
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Feb 28, 2019 4:29 PM
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Sergio, thank you! I'll look into Tom Gilb's book EVO. Looks like that is very close to what i'm seeking.
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Feb 28, 2019 3:49 PM
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Perhaps because english is not my first language I did not express very well. Just to comment I am in charge of those initiatives in my actual work place. If you are saying that you need to understand those topics because you have a client and the client is using it then go for it. There is not much to say. Where you can find the real and confiable information? SAFe here:https://www.scaledagileframework.com/
DevOps here: https://devops.com/
Agile? When, here is the problem. If you are searching for Agile methods for sofrware development you have to start with the Manifesto
BUT the best way to walk from waterfall based environments to Agile is Tom Gilb´s EVO
Sergio, thank you! I'll look into Tom Gilb's book EVO. Looks like that is very close to what i'm seeking.
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Feb 28, 2019 3:44 PM
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Nick -

I'm not keen on the use of the term "Driving". Increased agility is something which people should want rather than be enforced on them.

Given the behavior and mindset changes involved, this is an organization change management exercise - pick your favorite model (e.g. ADKAR, Kotter) and apply their principles.

Kiron
Thank you Kiron. Yes, absolutely organizational change management is method we are using to manage this transition.
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Stakeholder / Customer management is critical in suh scenarios. Customer involvement is a must
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Hi Nick
I completed the DSDM agile practitioner course last year. I had studied a decent selection of Agile opinions and none of the methadolagies seemed to really address the customer/stakeholder approach. Besides this the customer/stakeholders seemed to have a lack of trust for Agile due to past experiences by other non so Agile Pm's and IT misled so called experts. After the DSDM blurb had been sent to me I looked into it and was pretty impressed (I am a traditional PM with a kind of Hybrid approach to tailoring) and subsequently completed the practitioner training to get it embedded in my head. It is a very sound approach and included the customer throughout the processes with sound business input and responsibility. maybe this will help DSDM Agile.
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Mar 01, 2019 2:24 AM
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Hi Stuart,

You've captured the essence of the challenge we are facing WRT taking into account the stakeholders and how they think and want to operate. Thank you for you're input and recommendation regarding DSDM Agile. I'll be doing some reading this weekend :)

Nick
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Mar 01, 2019 2:15 AM
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Hi Nick
I completed the DSDM agile practitioner course last year. I had studied a decent selection of Agile opinions and none of the methadolagies seemed to really address the customer/stakeholder approach. Besides this the customer/stakeholders seemed to have a lack of trust for Agile due to past experiences by other non so Agile Pm's and IT misled so called experts. After the DSDM blurb had been sent to me I looked into it and was pretty impressed (I am a traditional PM with a kind of Hybrid approach to tailoring) and subsequently completed the practitioner training to get it embedded in my head. It is a very sound approach and included the customer throughout the processes with sound business input and responsibility. maybe this will help DSDM Agile.
Hi Stuart,

You've captured the essence of the challenge we are facing WRT taking into account the stakeholders and how they think and want to operate. Thank you for you're input and recommendation regarding DSDM Agile. I'll be doing some reading this weekend :)

Nick
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Hi Nick, you can start with the case study section on the scaled agile framework website.
https://www.scaledagileframework.com/case-studies/
It may also be worth reaching out to the community, maybe through LinkedIn?

From there, as I'm sure you already are aware, is about not convincing but helping others to understand the benefit and value in adopting this approach and mindset.
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