WATERFORD, MI – Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword Solutions, revealed how a more resilient approach is needed to meet the challenges facing organizations adopting agile methods. During an interview with Thomas Cagley, host of the Software Process and Measurement Cast (SPaMCAST), Dalton also discussed the importance of values and how frameworks such as the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) can be used to make agile more resilient.
Dalton said that project teams are increasingly adopting agile, while other parts of the organization are running the business in ways that conflict with agile. In addition, large-scale adopters such as the DoD and Federal government are requiring agile for projects without understanding and embracing agile values, methods and techniques. Dalton says that these large scale adopters are driving change that will be detrimental to the future of agile.
Dalton also discussed the impact of values.
“We are seeing agile values being adopted at the team level. Where they should be adopted is in the C-Suite,” Dalton said. “They should be adopted by CEOs, CIOs, and CTOs in companies, then driven down throughout the organization so that the culture of the company adopts those values.”
Dalton said there is a type mismatch organizationally between agile and process improvement methods.
“Process improvement methods like CMMI, which are operational in nature, are being driven from the C-Suite and not being driven at the lowest part of the organization where the operational activities take place,” Dalton said. “This is adding tons of overhead and tons of unneeded activity. We have to start working with our executive teams to start not on agile, not on CMMI, but on values. Values drive everything in a company.”
To hear the complete interview, go to SPaMCAST 296.
About Jeff Dalton
Jeff Dalton is Broadsword's President, Certified Lead Appraiser, CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster and author of "agileCMMI," Broadsword's leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement. He is Chairman of the CMMI Institute's Partner Advisory Board and President of the Great Lakes Software Process Improvement Network (GL-SPIN). Jeff has been named the Keynote Speaker for the PMI Great Lakes 2013 Symposium. In 2008, Jeff coined the term Process Debt to describe the crushing over-bearing processes too many companies employ to achieve a CMMI rating. He is a recipient of the prestigious Software Engineering Institute's SEI Member Award for Outstanding Representative for his work uniting the Agile and CMMI communities together through his popular blog "Ask the CMMI Appraiser." He holds degrees in Music and Computer Science and builds experimental airplanes in his spare time. You can reach Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Broadsword is a Process Innovation firm that helps engineering and software companies do what they do, better. You can learn more about Broadsword at www.broadswordsolutions.com