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Using a Pilot Project in Transitioning to Agile

Published: 29 January 2015

ID: G00261806

Analyst(s): Nathan Wilson , Maritess Sobejana

Summary

Transitioning to agile can be challenging. Starting small with a pilot project is an important step, before rolling out to the rest of the organization. We outline best practices for running a successful agile pilot project. Our guidance helps application development leaders avoid common pitfalls.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

  • What You Need to Know
  • The Pilot

Analysis

  • Plan the Project
    • Pick the Project
    • Pick the Agile Development Methodology
    • Pick the Team
    • Train the Team
    • Use Simple Tools
    • Use the Agile Feedback Loop to Successfully Engage Stakeholders
    • Define "Done"
    • Identify Metrics for Project Success
  • Make the Kickoff Announcement
  • Run the Project
    • Dedicated Resources
    • The First Iteration
    • The First Demo
    • The First Retrospective
    • Subsequent Iterations
  • Conduct a Project Retrospective
  • Roll Out Agile After the Pilot
    • Bimodal Development Organizations
    • Full Transition
  • Measure the Benefits

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