What are your recommendations?
Here are our typical recommendations for getting started.
- Establish the idea that we want to try Agile-Scrum. Gather the first pilot team (a real team).
- Invite the people involved to help define the change, to self-organize. (This point probably requires further explanation.)
- Do Scrum training for the pilot team (a CSM course). Include a one or two day workshop that covers Agile Release Planning and Sprint Planning.
- Hire an experienced Agile Coach to work with the pilot team.
- After 2 months, do a ‘tactical workshop’ with everyone. Invite them to come together. Let them choose, discuss and work on what they think are the biggest issues.
- After three months, have the Product Owner and Scrum Master and perhaps some business stakeholders take an Intermediate Certified Scrum Product Owner course, with a workshop.
- From Day 1, establish a public impediment list, and work the impediments items, one at a time, in priority order. This item might be said to summarize all the items above.
These are key recommendations for a typical situation where you are able to do the right thing from the start. Often life is more complex.