Is it best to just jump in or should the transition to Agile be slow?

January 17, 2013

A step-by-step transition to Agile presents several advantages over diving in head-first. When Agile is adopted slowly and carefully, teams will be able to see the incremental progress from which they are able to learn and gain Agile experience. Teams will need to develop a shared vision for the project and a collective definition for “done,” which are important components of monitoring progress during the project. This learning curve is absent when Agile is adopted hastily. Teams may experience an increase in incremental delivery of value but may not be able to sustain this drive in absence of any insights about Agile methods.

Agile is not just a framework that allows us to manage projects—it is a philosophy. This state of mind requires all stakeholders to be on board and have shared interest in the company’s goals and overall mission. The best way to accomplish this would be to start slow and small rather diving head-first into implementing Agile.

Coaching teams on Agile practices, though time-consuming, can help team members be better equipped to work on Agile projects.


One Response to Is it best to just jump in or should the transition to Agile be slow?

  1. Catherine Morgan
    January 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Jump or crawl….sooner or later everyone has to join the Agile bandwagon.

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