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Is Your Agile Team Ready? 6 Hints They Require an Agile PIP

Your Agile team must have adequate knowledge to leverage Agile transformation. How do you know that the members are ready for the change? In this article at Agile Velocity, Joe Mills shares six hints that reveal if your Agile team needs immediate training on Agile principles and frameworks.

Preparing the Agile Team

It is unnerving to find out that even leaders do not know how the Agile transformation can help them achieve business values. Without further ado, let’s find out if your Agile team needs an immediate Agile PIP course:

Vague Idea About Team Goals

Ask your Agile team members how they serve the organization at large. If they are unable to specify their goals, they were producing aimless deliverables. Train them well and help them understand how their tasks align with the big organizational vision.

No Clear Roles and Responsibilities

Does the team have constant friction with other departments? It might be because they are not following the best practices that the rest of the organization is pursuing. Sit with them and discuss their roles and responsibilities, like the definition of ‘done’.

Different Jargon and a Complex Mix of PM Methodologies

Organizations that are undergoing Agile transformation often have teams that are following Agile as well as Waterfall often. Consequently, they have customized jargon and best practices that are dissimilar with purely Agile teams. Streamline these anomalies and analyze why they have delayed the adoption process.

Best Practices That Don’t Support Agile

If the Agile team does not understand Agile well, they are bound to resist the values and principles. They might feel that you are curbing their freedom and monitoring their every move. To avoid complete disengagement, have immediate Agile PIP training with them.

Poorly Defined User Stories and WIP Standards

For Agile to be effective, an Agile team and Product Owner must often review backlogs and work prioritization list. Equip the PO with enough tactics to be the perfect coordinator between the team and the stakeholders.

Delayed or Unsatisfactory Working Models

The team must deliver working models of the product every few weeks. If members are working in silos, not automating manual tasks, and using old deployment techniques, you are in trouble. Train them in refactoring, pair-programming, test-driven deployment, new architectures, etc.

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