Five Sure-Fire Ways to Fail When You Scale.
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This white paper discusses the common mistakes associated with scaling agile development throughout an enterprise and how to avoid them.

  • Gain insight into each pitfall, the consequences each can bring to an organization trying to expand agile practices and the steps organizations can take to avoid them
  • Explore the importance of appropriate training, cross-department communication, modified management practices, process consistency and the appropriate infrastructure to successfully promote agile adoption

About the Authors

Robert Holler is president and CEO of VersionOne, recognized by agile practitioners as the leader in agile project management tools. Robert has more than twenty years of enterprise software experience, and for more than a decade, Robert has been VP of Development, CTO and CEO of several leading-edge enterprise software firms. Robert's career in the software arena encompasses working as a consultant, developer, tester, technical writer, DBA, development manager and senior executive with organizations such as Andersen Consulting, Ockham Technologies, Tango Networks and Clarus Corporation. Through these positions and experiences, Robert became familiar with agile methodologies and iterative development processes early on, and it was his enthusiasm for agile software development that led to the founding of Atlanta-headquartered VersionOne in 2002.

Ian Culling is CTO for VersionOne, and brings 20+ years of broad information technology experience, with responsibility for software product management, design & development and enterprise information technology. He has significant practical experience with the introduction, scaling and adaptive execution of agile methods, having initially implemented strict XP with a single team in 2000. Since that time, Ian has progressed to lead & coach both small and large organizations in their transition to agile methods. Most recently prior to joining VersionOne, he led the adoption of agile methods at Alogent Corporation as VP, Development, leveraging aspects of Scrum for scaling across multiple teams and products. This, combined with select XP developer practices and approach for planning & tracking, resulted in a Scrum-wrapped XP implementation, now a fairly common model within the agile community today.

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