Judith Mills, Certified ScrumMaster and Vice-President of Product Operations for CDC Software, is moving the entire product engineering organization to a more agile way of working.
But just using agile practices isn’t enough to build and maintain a successful hybrid delivery model, according to Mills. The secret, Mills writes, is “not just introducing Agile methodologies. Success predicates on how these techniques are used — and how they are combined with other lean principles to achieve fast, flexible, and resilient delivery processes that speed up time-to-market and help development teams achieve higher levels of quality assurance.”
Mills writes about self-organization, test-driven development, being agile in a distributed environment, and how Kanban keeps cloud applications moving.
The combination of Scrum and Kanban, Mills says, results in faster release cycles, reduced waste, greater focus, and improved response to market demands.
Mills goes on to write about how to successfully implement Scrum and Kanban. She champions starting small, education that focuses not just on benefits for the company but also benefits for individuals, and involving executives from the beginning.
Mills believes that new solutions require new approaches. She concludes, “By using proven practices from lean manufacturing, we can create much more rewarding work environments while improving time to market and increasing product quality.”
More details can be found in the original Dr. Dobb’s article.