Agile Transformation Roadmap
Agile Transformation Steps: First Steps towards Agile Transformation
First Steps towards Agile Transformation: Create the Agile Transformation Project Plan
An agile transformation project should not be considered any different than other projects that introduces change to an organization or team. One difference perhaps is the outcome which will be a change in beliefs, culture and behaviors of the organization. Creating an agile transformation project plan is the first towards many successful agile transformation steps.
Creating an Agile transformation project plan is not a one-time event, it is a process and should be regularly inspected and adapted over time. The methodology used to create the project plan isn’t necessarily important. It is most important that an agile transformation plan exists and the expectation should be set that it can and should change overtime through regular retrospectives.
It is strongly recommended that a company utilizes an agile coach or champion that has experience in agile transformations and agile adoptions. Additionally, involving the expertise of an agile coach or champion that is not part of the organization or team will help direct the creation of key milestones for an agile transformation project plan and they can also help establish roadmap items in an unbiased manner. These experts can assist those who are responsible for creating agile transformation project plans and others who will help determine what approach will be most effective for the culture of their organization.
The knowledge and experience of such an expert will help ensure that an organization does not repeat similar mistakes made by many organizations who have transitioned to agile.
Agile Transformation Steps: The Agile Transformation Roadmap
What is an Agile Transformation Roadmap?
An agile transformation roadmap is a high level plan that helps to communicate the vision and the steps an organization wishes to take towards their agile transformation. This should not be confused with the agile transformation project plan which is more detailed and should include an agile transformation roadmap as a discrete milestone. Subsequent agile transformation project plans can or may be created depending on whether or not the organization is scaling their transformation.
Why Create the Agile Transformation Roadmap
Many Agile Transformations fail because people naturally resist change, although what often appears to be a resistance is usually a lack of clear direction. A roadmap helps to diminish resistance and serves as a foundational framework when and if the time to scale a transformation is appropriate.
As with any goal, whether it is created at the organizational level or the team level, there must be clarity as to what the goal is, why the goal has been chosen and what steps are needed to be taken in order to achieve that goal.
Creating a roadmap for a series of agile transformation steps sets clear expectations on how the organization would like to evolve towards a culture of self-organization and collaboration will evolve. Interestingly enough, most people will reference a roadmap as it is usually a quick communication aide that is easier to understand than a detailed project plan.
Agile Transformation Steps: Creating the Roadmap
Creating the Agile Transformation Roadmap
Creating the agile transformation roadmap is not an as easy as assuming it’s a “once size fits all” roadmap. While it is ideal to reference another company’s agile transformation roadmap, it important to recognize that every organization or team has their own unique challenges, culture, impediments that must be taken into consideration when creating an agile transformation roadmap.
There are various techniques organizations use to create their roadmaps and the same technique can be applied when creating an agile transformation plan. In fact, it is recommended that an agile coach or champion be present to assist in the creation of the roadmap to help guide the discussions and to help ensure the most appropriate milestones are included. When creating the agile transformation roadmap, some important items that could be included and are listed in no particular order:
- Initial Assessment
- Include a “why” and/or “vision” statement
- Training of Stakeholders and other members of the organization at all team levels
- What is the scope of the initiative? Organization level or team level?
- Creating the Agile Teams and Champions
- Creation of subsequent agile transformation project plans, where appropriate
- Define Metrics for Success
- Creation of an Agile PMO
- On-Going coaching
- Inspection and Adaptation
- When and how to introduce agile adoption
- Will the organization restructure?
- Which framework is most appropriate for the organization or team
- A reasonable date range of the roadmap items
- Retrospectives at various levels (a plan on how to respond to change)
- Product and project plans
- Purchasing and training on tools
Once the content of the roadmap items are identified it will be important to prioritize, but it’s equally important to consider the agile transformation roadmap to be a “temporary” roadmap that can evolve over time. Much like the agile transformation project plan, the road map should incorporate feedback collected from frequent retrospection meaning a roadmap should be inspected and adapted according to change or newly identified needs that could only be identified once the agile transformation begins.
After an agile transformation roadmap has been established, subsequent agile transformation project plans can begin to develop to help define and plan additional details and requirements for each of the roadmap items.
The agile transformation plan in addition to an overarching agile transformation project plan will ensure that an organization and/or team has properly planned for an agile transformation.
How CAST Can Help
- CAST provides measurement solutionsto organizations undergoing agile transformations. These metrics are reported through a set of audience-tailored dashboards that provide visibility for managing complex transformation initiatives.
- Establish a baseline for measuring quality and productivity of application development process prior to agile transformation. The baseline creates factual understanding of the existing state of development process, teams and output to serve as the benchmark for improvement.
- Baseline the key applications along the most important application health parameters to ensure they don’t deteriorate over the life of the agile transformation. This protects critical systems during transformation process.
- Govern and manage risk and quality based on established management criteria and metrics.
- Support continuous improvement through automated, sustainable measurement of application development process output.
- Measure quality and productivity of development process post agile transformation to document improvement and serve as the basis of return on investment