The Adventure of Implementing Scrum in a Corporate

Agile adoptions tend to take the form of journeys. It would be wonderful if they were “on-off” switches but they are not. I was privileged to have been part of a part of such a journey. This journey started circa 2013 and this organisation is continuously learning and adapting.

The full context may not be clear from the slides, and I do not have audio or a video of the presentation. The organisation is a bank operating in South Africa’s tightly regulated banking environment. It was this environment that protected South African banks from damage or collapse during the crisis that started in 2008.

IT was not delivering and business were not happy. Information before Scrum and after Scrum is detailed in the slides. The adoption of Scrum had a dramatic impact on delivery.

If I had to note what was the difference that made the difference I would have to say that these were important:

  1. It was tackled not only structurally but much focus was placed on values and behaviours.
  2. All IT people were collocated in the same physical location. This meant that off-shore contractors were either brought onshore, or that service was in-sourced once again via the building of internal capability.
  3. Teams were formed into cross-functional entities.
  4. Internal Audit was supportive of the change and wanted to be involved so that they could help where needed.
  5. Agile communities of practice were formed for developers, analysts and testers which met on a regular basis. The developer community met weekly.
  6. An Agile community of interest was formed by the people involved (not management or leadership) and was self-organised. They met daily, over lunch, in what became the Brown Bag sessions.
  7. A Pride in the Craft “movement” was started, based on Sandro Macuso’s concept.

In October of 2014 I was fortunate to have been selected as one of the speakers at the South African Scrum Gathering 2014, aptly, or so I thought, themed “Scrum Odyssey”, to talk about this journey with the presentation titled The Adventure of Implementing Scrum in a Large Corporate. I repeated the presentation at the Johannesburg chapter of the Scrum User Group.

The presentation slides are below. If you have any questions, comments or overall good feelings about it, please drop me a line in the comments section below this post.

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