Agile Practice Assessment
Agilious regularly conducts a assessments of client’s current Agile practice assessment. The key activity of the Agile Assessment consists of a 2-day visit to the Client’s location and meeting the Client Staff working on Agile projects.
The agile practice assessment benchmark’s Client’s current level of agility and identifies the gaps, and charts out a clear roadmap to embrace “healthy” practices to fully realize benefits and business value from Agile adoption.
Be it a single team or an organization-wide adoption, Agile methods demand re-looking at your engineering practices, the way you do project management, development tools and collaboration techniques. Teams often struggle in adopting Agile due to the lack of a systematic approach and expert guidance. We are experts at this and know what it takes to do a practical and context-driven appreciative enquiry into your existing practices.
What We Assess
The assessment focuses on 5 main competency areas, with 5-15 characteristics per competency, determined by answering approx. 115 questions. The 5 main competency areas are:
- Product Definition – How well do you identify what you want to build and what order to build it in.
- Planning and Coordination – How do you plan your work and track progress.
- Delivery Practices – How do you technically “build” (the product) that enables agility.
- Continuous Improvement – How well do you create knowledge, inspect and adapt to improve your process.
- Organizational Enablement – How well does the organization culture support Agile by aligning individual and team incentives with the Agile value system.
How We Assess
Our approach is empathetic and sensitive, at the same time unbiased and uncompromising on the goals. We provide you an extensive Agile readiness assessment report through a series of steps like stakeholder interviews, observing the team(s), process walkthroughs, and dialog with your team members and staff. The assessment consists of three phases.
Phase 1 – Pre-Site Visit Preparation (approx. 6-8 hrs)
In preparation of the site visit and to ensure a productive use of your and our time, we request Clients to provide information about their current Agile projects, practices and artifacts. Receiving this information ahead of our visit, allows us to become familiar with your current team(s) processes, practices and project artifacts. This phase is performed at Contractor site.
Phase 2 – Site Visit (16-20 hrs)
This phase involves a 2-day visit to the Client site and meeting with the Client’s team members, Product Owners, stakeholders, business sponsors, and any other staff working with or supporting the Agile project teams.
A typical schedule of activities may include:
- Meet with Client Point of Contact – 30 mins
- Meet and Interview Stakeholders – 1 hr
- Meet and Interview Product Owners/Business Sponsors – 1 hr
- Meet and Interview Scrum Master(s) – 2 hrs
- Observe Agile Team practices – 3 hrs
- Observe Agile Team practices/interactions – 2 hrs
- Meet with Team Members – 3-4 hrs
- Meet with Client Point of Contact – 1 hr
- Conclude Site Visit and Discuss Next Steps – 30 mins
PHASE 3 – Assessment Report (16 – 20 hrs)
The third phase involves the analysis of our findings from the site visit and the preparation of the detailed Agile Assessment Report along with our recommendations. This phase is performed at Contractor site.
Every organization is unique and has its own strengths and culture that support or hinder Agile adoption. Based on the assessment, we propose a practical roadmap with recommendations needed for the journey towards a successful Agile adoption.
These recommendations provide not only an ongoing assessment framework, but also form the basis for the transformation roadmap that helps you incrementally introduce new structure, new practices, and new ways of thinking into your organization.
Contractor will deliver within 10 days after concluding the site visit, an Assessment Report that includes the following key elements:
- State of current practices.
- Gaps in current practices.
- Candid feedback on the major challenges to Agile adoption.
- Written roadmap with strategies and specific recommendations to address challenges.
- Suggested resources to assist with implementation of roadmap.