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Agile allows you to deliver business value quickly and continually throughout a project. The benefits of Agile are clear and on the surface it’s short, iterative cycles appear simple.
However starting Agile without support can be discouraging. Without experienced leadership Agile can seem chaotic and frustrating. Teams often give up on Agile before they’ve truly begun.
While Agile methodology provides a start point, an Agile mindset is also required. Teams need to be coached to get the best results from Agile.
We help clients embrace a fully Agile approach, delivering successful digital projects that also lead to wider business transformation. This reduces barriers to change so that subsequent projects are easier to deliver, more profitable, and collectively deliver a platform for change at the organisational level.
Our consultancy services include:
Advice and Review
Setting up a new project can be daunting. Accessing one of our Agile experts to review your plan and advise you on your approach could be all you need to be on the right track. You may want a high level overview of Agile approaches for your key stakeholders.
Scrum basics training and workshop facilitation
Teams new to Agile or Scrum can be partnered with a SilverStripe Senior Agile Project Manager. They will provide the support needed to set your team up for a successful delivery, while you and your team learn the skills of Scrum. This typically includes Scrum training for the team and coaching for the Scrum Master and Product Owner to ensure a success start to projects. This can take you through the first kick off meeting, or even through the first few sprints. Solutions can be tailored to the team’s needs.
Scrum coaching and project/programme facilitation
SilverStripe have some of the best Scrum Masters and coaches around. We pride ourselves in delivering the best outcomes through our high functioning Scrum teams doing their best work. We can help your internal teams become high performing superstars. We will help empower your teams to take full ownership of delivery and quality.
Whether our teams are onsite with you as part of an overall scaled project, or if your developers just need a great facilitator to drive the outcomes, we are there to help. Our experts can help map your programme of work, identify dependencies and risk, and create a roadmap across multiple streams to deliver your organisational goals.
In recognising a need for greater communication, SilverStripe has developed the Agile Mojo Booster to clarify the Agile process. If you're interested in becoming a Product Owner, this guide will fill you in on everything you need to know about the role. From definitions to roles and suggestions, the handbook outlines all of the key information you will need when starting your next Agile project.
A long time ago at SilverStripe, we didn't use Agile. What we found was that in order to complete projects we were working late into the night, yet features may not have been what the client wanted, and sometimes we'd lose money on projects because we spending much more time on them than we thought we would need to. After we switched over to Agile, we found we could complete projects with the features clients wanted and our staff could get a better job done in less time. Agile is good for us because it's good for our clients. All our projects today are run using the SilverStripe Agile method.
What happens when things go wrong?
At SilverStripe, we focus on risk prominently and strictly so that we can avoid or mitigate it as best as possible. Our secure online risk register is viewable by you, the client, at any time. Should something unexpected occur, we rely on open, honest communication with you to determine the impact to the project. We will give you choices (and recommendations) about how to proceed in those instances.
Will Agile projects take longer to complete?
Actually, we have found that using Agile decreases project length, whilst ensuring higher quality. You see working software sooner and the quality is increased because the project team will have been working with functioning software for a much longer period of time than would have been possible using non-Agile techniques.
Does it cost more?
No. In fact Agile development it usually costs less because we can more reliably deliver to timelines. Often, we will be able to build additional features for sites because of our efficiency in running projects.
With all this communication you keep mentioning, how much involvement will you need on my end?
Communication between us and you is critical, but the amount of involvement on your end is flexible and varies according to the needs of the project at any given time. You can generally expect weekly status updates however you would like them—online, on the phone, or in person. There are also usually working sessions where you can be involved a little or a lot. Talk to us about your needs and we can accommodate them.
Why doesn't everyone use Agile?
We believe everyone should. We've been using Agile exclusively since 2006 and we have very happy clients. Non-Agile ways of running projects have been around for decades. That's why they have a lot of inertia behind them. The speed at which the web operates has forced a re-evaluation of those traditional methods, and out of that, Agile was born. We expect Agile development will be significantly adopted throughout the web software world. The Future of Software Development is an excellent article that talks about the history of software development and why the Waterfall methodology is not appropriate for web development.