The importance of a good presentation on the visual roadmap of the Agile Way of Working cannot be overemphasized when introducing Agile to an organization. It is essential that all stakeholders understand what Agile is and why it can be valuable to the organization.
A good introduction can help create and manage expectations, communicate the benefits of Agile working, and support Agile implementation.
A visual roadmap can also help create enthusiasm for the Agile Way of Working in the organization, motivate people to embrace change and become part of a successful Agile implementation.
In summary, a good introduction in the form of a visual roadmap is a necessary first step to introducing Agile into an organization because it can help lay the foundation for a successful transition to an Agile work culture.
Give your agile introduction to the right audience
It is important to make the presentation to the right audience. This way you make sure that all key stakeholders are informed in the organization and participate in the introduction of Agile. Our colleague Jorg gave a total of 8 presentations to over 60 employees of Zuyderland to introduce Agile in the right way.
The following stakeholders of the organization should definitely be included in these Agile workshops.
It is important to make the presentation to the senior management team first. They need to understand and primarily support the change to the Agile Way of Working. When giving the presentation to the MT, you want to gain mandate as the initiator.
Project leaders are the ones responsible for the day-to-day activities of teams. They must understand how Agile works, know the Agile roles of a team and ultimately set the outline of daily activities within Agile.
Project staff ultimately must implement Agile methodologies in practice. So it is crucial to show these project staff the added value of the Agile Way of Working. They must be aware of the framework and day-to-day activities surrounding Agile.
The contents of an agile introduction workshop
We are happy to help you determine the content of the Agile presentations. You can here download our Agile Visual Roadmap with a number of slides to get you started. In terms of structure, it is best to start as basic as possible, depending of course on the Agile knowledge level of the organization, and gradually build up to the final choice of the Agile Way of Working with exercises and practical implementation.
Below are some topics you can cover in the presentation.
Waterfall vs Agile
Since most organizations conduct projects using the waterfall method, it is important to clearly explain the difference with the Agile method and its advantages. For this topic, use slides 2 through 6 (difference waterfall & agile).
Agile & Scrum values
Next, it is best to read the Agile Manifesto and the underlying history and thought behind it. Tip: Use your own company's mission statement to illustrate the principles of the manifesto. Slides 9 through 12 (agile values and principles) are for this purpose.
Roles & rituals
Describe the roles of a Scrum Team (Product owner, Scrum Master and developers) and explain the responsibilities involved. The rituals (Planning, Daily stand-up, Refinement, Review (Demo) and Retrospective) then give a practical interpretation of the Agile manifesto. For example, use slides 13 through 18 (scrum roles) for this purpose!
Practical exercise / Agile & Scrum Quiz
Also reserve space for slides with interactive exercises such as an Agile & Scrum Quiz or Stakeholder mapping.
Briefly name the next steps you need to take to successfully implement Agile in your organization. Our infographic on the 9 steps you need to take to successfully implement Agile can help you do this.
How we as MOJEO deploy agile workshops
To help our relationships build support and commitment for the transition to the Agile Way of Working, we present these Agile introductions to all key stakeholders in the department that will be the first to work with Agile. You can here download a sample presentation.
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