Overcoming 7 Common Pitfalls of Transitioning to Agile

Johanna Rothman will be in Edinburgh in next week with Gil Broza, and she has agreed to do a free evening session for the Lean/AgileScotland community on the night before the course starts.

Date: Wednesday 21st May, 7:30pm
Venue: Wolfson Microelectronics, 26 Westfield Road, Edinburgh EH11 2QB

Westfield Road is on the 22 and 30 bus routes; we’re almost exactly opposite Sainsbury’s Murrayfield, and just across the railway line from Murrayfield Stadium. If you come to the main reception, the security guard will be able to contact me. There should be a reasonable amount of parking at that time of night.

If you’re planning on coming, please email me so I have an idea how many to expect.

Here’s Johanna’s description of the event:

If you’ve been considering agile or moving to agile, you may have encountered some pitfalls in your projects. You are not alone.

Agile is not a slam-dunk change. There are several common pitfalls when you transition to agile. If you recognize them, maybe you can fix them. Johanna Rothman will discuss “The Iteration is too short/the stories are too big”; “We need an expert”; “Implementation in Layers”, “Experts estimating”, “We must have overtime”; “We don’t have technical debt!” and “Featur-itis”, and what to do about these problems. If we have time, we will discuss any issues you see on your projects.

Johanna Rothman Bio

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” helps organizational leaders see problems and risks in their product development. She helps them recognize potential risks, seize opportunities, and remove impediments.

Johann a was the Agile 2009 conference chair. She is the current agileconnection.com technical editor. Johanna is the author of these books:

  • Manage Your Job Search
  • Hiring Geeks That Fit
  • Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects
  • The 2008 Jolt Productivity award-winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management
  • Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management
  • Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets and Science of Hiring Technical People

She is writing a book about agile and lean program management. She writes columns for Stickyminds.com and projectmanagment.com, and writes two blogs on her web site, jrothman.com, as well as a blog on createadaptablelife.com.

Hope to see you there!

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