Avoiding Pitfalls in Your Agile Transformation



Does your team provide estimates focused on relative size and complexity?



Does your team communicate with the right people at the right time, and show visible progress of the project?


The questions given in the table are just examples of what one beginning team did to fill in the empty spreadsheet. The value is in the emptiness.


[1] Virginia Satir. Satir Change Model. http://www.satirworkshops.com/files/satirchangemodel.pdf

[2] William Krebs. “Turning the Knobs: A Coaching Pattern for XP through Agile Metrics”. Springer, 2002

[3] Laurie Williams, William Krebs, Lucas Layman, and Annie I. Antón, "Toward a Framework for Evaluating Extreme Programming," Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Empirical Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE '04), Edinburgh, Scotland, May 24-25, 2004, pp. 11-20.

[4] Mike Cohn. “Succeeding with Agile”. Addison-Wesley, 2009. Also online at comparitiveagility.com by Mike Cohn and Kenny Rubin.

[5] Ahmed Sidky and James Arthur. “A Disciplined Approach to Adopting Agile Practices: The Agile Adoption Framework”. Agile journal, June 2007. Also see “Becoming Agile” by Greg Smith and Ahmed Sidky. Manning 2009

[6] Per Kroll, William Krebs. “Introducing IBM Rational Self Check for Software Teams”. developerWorks ®

[7] Dean Leffingwell. “Scaling Software Agility” Addisson-Wesley 2007.

[8] Ester Derby and Diana Larsen. “Agile Retrospectives”. The Pragmatic Programmers, 2006.

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About the Author

“AgileBill” Krebs has worked as a developer and agile coach at five IBM labs since 1983. Since 2001, he's used and taught Agile methods worldwide, teaching over 50 classes to 1,000 engineers and managers. He's presented at agile conferences, IBM Research, the IBM Academy of Technology conference on Agile. He holds two certifications in Scrum, one in MBTI is completing a certificate in virtual worlds in 2010. Currently he teaches with Davisbase LLC, and is the founder of Agile Dimensions LLC where he specializes in efficiencies using immersive virtual environments. Bill is also a member of the Scrum and Agile Alliances in addition to his local Agile RTP user group. Find Bill on LinkedIn, agiledimensions.com, or the worldwide Agile 3d ( www.meetup.com/agile3d) user group.



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