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China Summary Translation: 'How to Run a Pilot When Moving to Agile Application Development for Digital Business'

Published: 14 February 2019

ID: G00382480

Analyst(s): Joachim Herschmann , Mike West


The transition to agile application development is often challenging, but starting with a small pilot will increase your chance of success. This report outlines proven practices that application leaders keen to embrace digital business should adopt to help ensure a successful pilot.

Table Of Contents



How to Run a Pilot When Moving to Agile Application Development for Digital Business

  • Key Challenges
  • Recommendations



  • Build Competency Gradually by Starting With a Pilot of a Scope That a Colocated Scrum Team Can Implement in Six Months
    • Select an Appropriate Pilot
    • Start With Scrum and Follow the Rules and Roles
    • Pick Pilot Metrics That Show Value and Success
  • Foster Collaboration Between Application Development Staff, I&O Staff and Customers by Opening Up Sprint Reviews to All Stakeholders
    • Cultivate Engagement via the Sprint Review
    • Improve Team Effectiveness Through Sprint Retrospectives
    • Conduct an Overall Pilot Retrospective
  • Build Trust by Openly Communicating the Pilot Team’s Experiences, Including Failures

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