Are projects agile? – Andy Longshaw, LexisNexis 2016

Are projects agile? – Andy Longshaw, LexisNexis

Workshop

Most good software has a long life and evolves continuously, keeping pace with the needs of its users whereas, a project is a temporary structure. Some agile software projects have succeeded, and some have failed. What is it that differentiated those that succeeded from those that failed? Do projects even make sense in a truly agile software development context?

 

 

Intermediate
Interactive workshop (no computer)
Double session

Most good software has a long life and evolves continuously, keeping pace with the needs of its users whereas, a project is a temporary structure. Some agile software projects have succeeded, and some have failed. What is it that differentiated those that succeeded from those that failed? Do projects even make sense in a truly agile software development context?

Good software provides value and benefit to its users. Most good software has a long life; and most good software evolves continuously, keeping pace with the needs of its users.

By contrast, a project is, by definition, a temporary structure created to manage and deliver a specific goal. Some projects that were run using agile software development techniques have succeeded, and some have failed. What is it about the context, team structure and governance of those that succeeded (and what was their definition of success) compared to those that failed? Do projects even make sense in a truly agile software development context?

This workshop will ask participants to explore whether projects are a good fit for software development. Participants will work in small groups to exchange thoughts and ideas, build them into a coherent viewpoint and present them back to the other groups.

Andy is a pragmatic software developer who unfortunately has tended recently to end up in roles like development manager. He has worked for many companies from a large multi-national through to a 4-person startup but is getting to the age where he is beginning to forget half of them.

He has been very fortunate that some thoughtful and intelligent people have spent their time helping him to learn some really useful and interesting stuff so he tries to give some of that back when he can.