For several years, the Agile Tour has been a way for enthusiasts of Agile to spread the word about Agile practices and to share their experiences, both good and bad, within their local community. Agile Tours came to Dublin on October the 6th 2016, where the event was held at The Chartered Accountants House, Pearse St.
Brendan O’Farrell and Patrice Boleguin from TSSG’s Verification & Validation Unit, presented a talk titled ” Working through the challenges with the adoption and the use of agile in a research and innovation center”.
As TSSG’s research activity is funded throughout a variation of projects. It’s this diversity of projects which has brought challenges in the adoption of agile. The presentation looked at these challenges, and the approach that was taken to overcome them.
Other presentations on the day covered many aspects of agile, including Scrum and Kanban. Presentations included:
● Jonathan Coyle of Murex, a financial software company. He spoke of the difficulties of implementing agile without the development team’s input, the issues it raised and how they intend to rectify them going forward.
○ “The agile Journey – Enhancing delivery with with agile practices.”
● Dejan Cusic & Snjezana Momic of Comtrade Software Solutions. They looked at using The Bruce Tuckman (1965 Forming Storming Norming Performing model ) alongside the modern agile methodology. An interesting approach to managing development teams.
○ “Get your agile team to fully perform quicker”
● James Parnell – Ernest Consulting Limited,Information Technology and Service. James took us through releasing products using an agile/Kanban approach for the financial industry while mediating between the internal stakeholders and the external stakeholders (customers).
○ “Voice of the Customer”
There are a couple of take home points from the conference. Although TSSG is a research and innovation organisation many of our practices and issues mirror those in the commercial sector, even allowing for the greater financial flexibility in most commercial groups. The second point is that an agile approach that works for one organisation is no guarantee that it will work in any other organisation. Each organisation must adopt its own flavour of agile.