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With its foundations in the manufacturing industry, Lean thinking is now being used by many organisations to breathe new life into their business by looking at many of the activities that are carried out and asking: is everything we do really adding customer value? 

 

Our focus this year for the Agile Business Conference has been "Agility in adversity" - demonstrating that Agile really is the right choice for organisations in a time of change and unknown.

In a market dominated by tools built around waterfall methods VersionOne is a unique project management solution specifically designed to support the delivery of Agile projects end-to-end.

Agile development focuses on only doing work that helps directly to deliver a software product. Central to the philosophy of this approach is maximising work not done. This translates into: not having to create documents just for the sake of compliance and governance.

Wisereach is currently engaged in helping its clients embed and rollout Agile delivery methods across their organisations, helping them create competitive advantage and controlling costs.

We focus on helping to change the culture and behaviours in large corporations where the governance and finance models often hamper the introduction of more flexible and fast moving delivery models. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss how an Agile approach can introduce efficiencies into your organisation.

If you were unable to attend our recent Breakfast Briefing on introducing Agile into your organisation you can download the briefing sides from here 

Getting Your Technology Right Golden Rule 1: Ask the supplier to prove the technology works

If the supplier can’t show you the same technology working at another client, then you need to be careful about what you are committing to. It may sound like a small upgrade, but IT systems invariably take much longer to stabalise than anyone predicts. You need to avoid turning into the supplier's test environment.

Requirements Management Golden Rule 1: Write down analysed requirements, not what people said

Always write down the requirements in a way that you know can be delivered (don’t cut and paste from any old document) and play back 1 by 1 to the business and explain how they will be delivered – write that down as well!

IT Supplier Management Golden Rule 1: Provide leadership from the top

Significant projects and programmes involving external suppliers will only deliver if there is top level sponsorship within the organisation. Overall responsibility for delivery must be allocated to a single senior accountable individual. Public sector projects have the concept of a Senior Responsible Owner (SRO), it is good practice for an equivalent to be appointed within a private sector project/programme. One of the commonest causes of private sector project failure is lack of accountability at senior level.

Project Planning and Estimating Golden Rule 1: Don’t go into too much detail

Planning is critical – but if you plan an IT project to too much detail you’ll spend most of your time managing the plan instead of managing the project. You need to find the right level of plan that ensures you are on top of the project and your team understands what they have to do when.

Effective Teams Golden Rule 1: Start off on the right foot

Many teams are not effective as they are merely a bunch of people with individual skills brought together. If all of your team don’t have the same understanding of where your project is going from the start, they’ll remain as individuals just working in the same room. Make sure your team has a common understanding of what the project is doing and how their contribution will help get there.

Business Engagement Golden Rule 1: Engage with the unsung heros – the real users

Primary Stakeholders are usually individuals who represent an area or department such as HR or Marketing. Although they may be influential they may not be aware of the practical problems that are being tackled and overcome on a daily basis by the ‘coal-face’ staff. Battle your way through to get access to those unsung heros.

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