The Agile Tribe

Agile in non-development environments

on October 5, 2009

Author: Christian Scheiber

As strange as it sounds, the challenge for me at the moment is to help imbue Agile techniques into non-development environments within IT! This can be especially difficult in operational roles such as Finance where these departments are removed from the software development coal face. But, the most important element for any budding Agilist is to approach ANY task that they do and ask, “How can I perform this task, easier, cheaper and more efficiently”. That is the Agile difference.

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2 responses to “Agile in non-development environments

  1. Tobias Mayer says:

    Hey there. I admire your initiative. I am also working on bring Agile (specifically the Scrum framework) to non-development –in fact, non-IT– areas. I have written a couple of articles on this on my blog, and I run the WelfareCSM program which is deliberately targeted at non-IT people (as well as unemployed IT people). Check it out.

    Some links:
    Scrum Abstraction: http://bit.ly/RWlGM
    Simple Scrum: http://bit.ly/OGcVE
    WelfareCSM: http://welfarecsm.com

  2. GJP says:

    Not sure I agree with your statement “How can I perform this task, easier, cheaper and more efficiently”. That is the Agile difference. Agile is not about cheap v. expensive (water-fall methods), it’s about getting real business value, involving the right people and delivering incrementally. That aside, I came across this where Agile techniques are being applied in an everyday workplace as opposed to a software development project : http://www.openagile.com/TheOpenAgilePrimer or http://www.berteigconsulting.com/

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