Coach: One last thing. You had a fixed date for the release of this project. There is a common perception that Agile approaches cannot operate with a fixed date. What would be your response to that?
We knew that meeting a tight schedule was coming from the very first day that we met: just a few months out.
Starting with the second sprint – when we got a better handle on the use cases and how I would interact better with the team – the team jelled and I felt we would be fine. I’ll put it this way: I never had to send an email asking, “What is the status of this product? I’m kind of scared that we’re not going to hit the date.”
Kelley Horton is Director of the Corporate IT Program Management Office for the Premier Inc. healthcare alliance ( www.premierinc.com). She has program management and process improvement expertise with over 15 years of experience in creating and leading Program/Project Management offices for product and application development organizations as well as implementing and improving Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) processes.
Jim Trott is a senior consultant for Net Objectives. He has used object-oriented and pattern-based analysis techniques throughout his 25 year career in knowledge management and knowledge engineering. He is a co-author of Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility, the Lean-Agile Pocket Guide for Scrum Teams and Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design . He is a consultant in knowledge stewardship for an international relief and development agencies. He has a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies. An Associate Technical Fellow of a large aerospace company, he has also worked in the energy industry, banking and finance, software development, and artificial intelligence.