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Wednesday, August 7 • 16:30 - 17:00
When the Business Wants Waterfall: Adaption Strategies (Marjorie Farmer) POPULAR

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This experience report will review how the Halliburton Wireline software team managed, successfully or sometimes not, to adopt agile while still complying with the corporate waterfall mandate. The report will cover:
  • What changes we made, with what worked (such as engaging users) and what didn't work so well (attempting the transition without coaching)
  • How we handled compliance with the waterfall process, especially given extensive changes to scope during development
  • How we managed communication with management
  • Agile coaching and what it did for us
  • How we restructured to cover the roles of an agile team, with the challenges and successes involved
  • How we handled integrating agile with the use of offshore resources

Lessons Learned from Your Experience:
  • Key Learnings from the team's experience include:
  • - It's useful to adopt the corporate language, so executives can understand and even sponsor software teams
  • - Find out what leadership means by 'waterfall', and what they consider critical. Check those boxes
  • - Executives aren't usually interested in implementation details. That can leave a lot of room for agile
  • - It's important to pass audits. Know what kind of audits are coming, and be prepared to pass them
  • - Successful delivery trumps everything. Leadership is reluctant to force process overhead such as extensive waterfall compliance on a functioning team


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Marjorie Farmer

Software Discipline Manager, Halliburton
I am giving the Experience Report 'When the Business Wants Waterfall: Implementing Agile in a Phase-Based Environment.' My background is in business process, especially in large, distributed organizations, and in project and program management. I am currently managing a development... Read More →

Wednesday August 7, 2019 16:30 - 17:00 EDT
Chesapeake 7/8/9