Kickstart your software development. Iterate faster. Scale faster.

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Peter Cronin has structured this workshop in two distinct parts.

Part 1.

This examines the fundamental flaws in SCRUM/Sprints and demonstrates how Pace offers a more effective approach to software development that takes the pressure off your people and gets them consistently hitting development targets.

Part 2.

This introduces the management changes necessary to control and direct an organisation that’s optimally leveraging the development potential of Pace.

Part 1.

When Sprints are crippling development

Does your backlog feel like a constant stream of bugfixes? Do your people persistently have trouble hitting sprint targets? Is development regularly behind schedule?

This workshop will expose an uncomfortable truth: as it is most commonly used, Agile is no longer responsive enough for organisations. Peter will prove that Sprints and SCRUM — techniques that used to leverage Agile’s strengths for rapid iteration and output — now cause development problems that they were designed to solve.

Peter will demonstrate that this solution leverages Agile’s enormous strengths while adding 4 simple rules to identify and schedule against a system bottleneck — normally the senior developer.

This contradiction is what ultimately cripples development pipelines.

This workshop will also introduce a solution: Pace.

Peter will demonstrate that this solution leverages Agile’s enormous strengths while adding a simple but essential injection to identify and schedule against a system constraint — normally the senior developer.

He’ll also show that this can even be done without expensive scheduling software — all that’s needed is a whiteboard marker, and a piece of paper.

Part 2.

How do you successfully manage fast-moving development?

Peter will also argue that kickstarting Pace is likely to create situation where frontline development outruns existing management policies and procedures.

At this point, product managers and team leaders can no longer make reliable decisions, quickly, from their collective expertise.

Peter will demonstrate that, to achieve fast, continuous development, organisations must apply a management approach that operates with equal responsiveness and flexibility.

This approach involves a super-flat management structure that empowers middle managers to rapidly make critical decisions that would normally be made in the executive suite — necessarily using information that is extremely low quality.

Peter will argue that your people almost always possess the answers to your big strategic development dilemmas.

What’s needed to get at this knowledge before it becomes obsolete is an upgrade of management “thinking process”.

Peter will then introduce a set of decision-making tools management can employ to continuously reason and optimise strategy on-the-fly. This rigorous problem-solving method systematically harnesses management intuition — improving the quality of “out-of-the-box thinking” without sacrificing organisational initiative.

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Sprints versus Pace

Sprints/SCRUM Pace
Due dates Zone-based
Longer commitments Smaller chunks
Inappropriate timeboxes Estimation-based job iterations
Efficiency focus Bottleneck planned
Capacity planned Team planned
Start/stop Continuous flow
Variation mis-management Buffers
Intuition-based progress management Two system response

What will my plan look like?

The objective is for each attending executive, over the course of the day, to fashion a simple (but detailed) plan that would implement The WiseTech Way in their organisation.

Obviously, the finer points of each plan will vary depending on your current size, marketplace maturity and growth goals. But, in a nutshell this plan will consist of:

  • Identification of the fundamental constraint of your production teams and maximum output of that constraint (the system can output no more than this constraint).
  • A system to use this constraint as a strategic source of management intelligence to manage and schedule the production and release of work (so the constraint always has work).
  • A toolset to accelerate management responsiveness and strategy formulation to repeatedly come up with killer features that customers don’t even know they want yet (but will fall over to embrace once they see them).
  • A management framework that willingly embraces the risk of error but is able to manage risk so that errors are small and survivable, not large and fatal.

You will leave this workshop with a practical understanding of Pace and all the necessary steps you will need to take to actualise it yourself.

Beyond Agile Workshop Formal Agenda

Discover the need for speed

Fast-growth and rapid-change. It’s the new normal for software development in every industry. Discover how Beyond Agile offers a repeatable process to harness that and out-innovate the competition.

Agile insufficiency

Agile’s iterative approach overtook Waterfall as the leading software development management process. Initially, SCRUM and Sprints drove vast productivity and quality improvements, but the new normal is now exposing functional and productive limits of these approaches to Agile.

Achieving Pace

It’s clear we must increase the speed and quality of development to meet short-term and long-term growth goals. The good news is that it’s possible to implement process and software changes to smooth the flow of work through the business, get control over workload, and maximise the output and value of your most limited resource.

The role of management

A market characterised by rapid change has equally important implications for executive problem-solving. Institutional knowledge rapidly becomes outdated and holds back the effectiveness of solutions. A dramatically different approach offers executives the potential to break out of old patterns, and quickly and reliably create solutions that will revolutionise the marketplace.

We will do a session on application right here, and solve some of your organisation’s most-persistent software development problems.

One company’s experience

How it’s come together for one ASX-listed tech company. You’ll see how they accelerated innovation and output, and permanently changed the industry that they now dominate, and why they’ve left all their competitors eating dust as they’ve scaled from $10m in sales to a $10b market cap in just 10 years.

Who should attend

If you’re tired of missed deadlines, constant firefighting, and a development pipeline increasingly overgrown with bug fixing—then there’s a very good chance that this workshop will be a worthy investment of time and money.

Because the implications of this workshop have wide-ranging implications for many parts of the organisation, it is advisable you bring along with you a couple of key people from your business, so you can have more valuable application discussions with others from your team.

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