Agile methods in stage-gated IT environments – Looking Ahead
In my first post in this series, I shared six reasons for Enterprise Agile Adoption. In the second post, I discussed the three barriers and in the third post, I shared some thoughts on what it takes to bring business users and IT teams together in forming cross functional teams. The fourth post was about two categories firm and flexible gates.
Introducing agile methods in stage-gated IT environments is a long journey. I am writing this post to discuss some interesting aspects in taking this journey forward.
- In order to deliver business value, the approach that we adopt has to be customer focused. Compliance to IT frameworks or process models is necessary, but not sufficient.
- Embrace iterative and incremental approaches or agile methods. This helps you deliver business value to your customers.
- Leverage the benefits of cross-functional teams. We can no longer afford to work in silos. We need developers, testers, database administrators and business users working together as a team.
- Identify the right measures and metrics, and practice continuous improvement.
- Gradually shift from project management to portfolio management.
Does this mean that we are moving away from stage-gated environments? No! We are not. I know many organizations that have introduced flexibility and fluidity into their stage-gated IT frameworks. This is because they value processes with purpose, understand the power of customer-focus, and understand that a one-size-fits-all approach does not work anyway.
How does it impact the process owners or PMOs? Will it take away their influence or role? No. This will empower process owners, PMOs as well as practitioners or project teams, and bond them together. Process owners will focus on emerging trends and upgrade processes from time to time. PMOs will collaborate with practitioners in customizing processes to fit the context. Practitioners will have a say in tailoring organizational process to suit their project.
Above all, this will promote agile adoption wherever necessary as the co-existence of agile with all other methods enables modern IT organizations.
As I conclude this blog series on stage-gated IT environments, let me put forward two questions.
- How about bringing in this change in your stage-gated IT environment?
- What are the challenges you foresee?
Let us discuss.
Agile methods in stage-gated IT environments – Firm and Flexible Gates Agile methods in stage-gated IT environments – Involving Business Users Agile methods in stage-gated IT environments – Barriers Agile methods in stage-gated IT environments – Why? Distributed Agile: Signs of effective collaboration
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