Great projects are generally the end result of commitment from three basic sets of actors: individual team members, teams and projects. With agile teams committing based on the needs of the business and their capabilities, and delivering against the commitment they make.
Planning and budgeting large projects is often based on trying to predict how development will turn out. Stories are estimated by the development team, but the budget for the whole project is independent from those estimates. Especially for complex projects this leads most often to (unwanted) surprises. Insights from beyond budgeting can help to increase flexibility, and focus on business value.
Enterprises want early and frequent customer feedback to be able to understand their needs and be able to deliver products that create value for them. Brian Murray explains how Yammer uses Minimum Viable Products to test their business customer hypotheses, and why they focus so much attention on the architecture of their products.
The book agile project management for government gives cases of governments using agile. InfoQ interviewed Brian Wernham about agile leadership and applying Scrum and DSDM in governmental projects. 2
Commitment is a graphical business novel about managing project risks with “Real Options”, a way to improve decision making. InfoQ spoke with the authors about decisions, risks and technical debt. 1
Eduardo Miranda from Carnegie Mellon University explains planning in agile projects, planning techniques, and the impact of agile on project management offices and the project manager role. 4
Large enterprises face challenges in innovation, budgeting, and transformation to agile. Principal analyst Michael Azoff explains Ovum’s view on creating an agile enterprise.
Capers Jones compares the effectiveness of Agile and Scrum with a sample of contemporary software development methods using several standard metrics. 19
Suzanne and James Robertson have released the 3rd edition of their book Mastering the Requirements Process. This edition includes material focused on requirements in agile projects and outsourcing.
"Enterprise Software Delivery" is the latest book by Alan W. Brown, and is a must-read guide for anybody concerned with the development and delivery of software in a large organisation.
The Defense Industry is often viewed as a very “non-Agile” culture. But even in this environment, you can successfully apply Agile principles and practices and tailor them to fit your needs.
Laila Lotfi explains how using automated error reporting results in greater customer trust, higher renewal rates, lower maintenance costs, and fewer opportunities for the competition. 2