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Sunday, March 3, 2013

What is the need of Agile Process Improvement?

It is commonly seen that a number of change projects are designed and published but none of actually goes into implementation. Most of the time is wasted in writing and publishing them. This approach usually fails. We should stop working with this methodology and develop a new one. Below mentioned are some common scenarios in the modern business:
  1. Developing a stronger project
  2. Changing the people working on it.
  3. Threatening that project with termination
  4. Appointment of a committee that would analyze the project
  5. Taking examples from other organizations to see how they manage to do it.
  6. Getting down to a dead project
  7. Tagging a dead project as still worth of achieving something.
  8. Putting many different projects together so as increase the benefit.
  9. Additional training
-Drops in the delivery of the normal work always follow a change. 
-Big change projects are either dropped or rejected.
-It all happens because the changes introduced by such projects are mandatory to be followed.
-This threatens the normal functioning of the organization. 
-So, the organization is eventually compelled to kill the whole process and start with the old way of work again. 
-Instead of following this approach, a step by step process improvement can be followed that is nothing but the agile process improvement. 
Now you must be convinced why agile process improvement is actually needed. 
The changes needs to be adaptive then only the process will be balanced. 
- An example is the CMMI maturity level. It takes 2 years approx. for completion and brings in the following:
  1. Restructuring
  2. New competitors
  3. New products
-Only agile methods make these changes adaptive in nature.
-The change cycles when followed systematically produce results in every 2 – 6 weeks.
-Thus, your organization’s workload and improvement stay perfectly balanced. -The early identification of the issues becomes possible for the organizations thus giving you it a chance to be resolved early. 
-By and by the organization learns to tackle the problems and how to improve work.
-At the end it is able to adapt to the every changing needs of the business.
-The responsibility of the deployment and evaluation of the improvement is taken by the PPQA. 
-Whole process is implemented in 4 sprints:
  1. Prototyping
  2. Piloting
  3. Deploying
  4. Evaluating
-A large participation and leadership is required for these changes to take place.
-Some other agile techniques along with scrum can also be used in SPI.
-We can have the improvements continuously integrated in to the way the organization works. 
-The way of working can also be re-factored including assets and definitions by having an step by step integration of the improvements.
-Pair work can be carried out on improvements. 
-A collective ownership can be created for the organization. 
-Evaluations and pilots can be used for testing purpose. 
-In order to succeed with the sprints is important that only simple solutions should be developed. 
-An organization can write the coaching material with the help of the work description standards.
-This sprint technique helps the organization to strike a balance between the improvement and the normal workload. 
-In agile process improvement simple solutions are preferred over the complex ones.
-Here, the status quo and the vision are developed using the CMMI and SCAMPI. 
-Status quo and vision are necessary for the beginning of the software process improvement.
-SPI when conducted properly produces useful work otherwise unnecessary documentation has to be produced.
-An improvement in the process is an improvement in the work. 
-Improving work is what that is preferred by people. 

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