Projects at Work

Don't Push Agile, Pull It

Introducing Agile methods to a team in an organization deeply rooted in waterfall ways is tough, especially when the culture is risk-averse and well-established. But you can be a catalyst for change and help your team learn to be more agile by following three simple practices.

J.D. Meier

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

I’ve lead distributed teams around the world on time, on budget, h…

I learned Agile methods early on from some of the industry’s best, including Ward Cunningham (father of the Wiki), James Newkirk (a pioneer in test-driven development), and Corey Ladas (a leader in the lean software engineering space.) For more than 10 years, I was part of an organization that embraced Agile values, was customer-connected, and focused on continuous learning.

And then I changed jobs. More importantly, I changed organizations.

The culture shock was intense as I went from the world I knew of embracing change, to a culture that spoke of learning and growth, but was weighted down in waterfall ways and cemented in processes averse to change. Instead of co-creating…

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