Thursday, August 20, 2015

CMMI-TV: Can we really run the whole company using Scrum?

Hey, CMMI Appraiser, can we really run the whole company using Scrum? Not just software projects? ~ NY-SPIN Attendee

Dear Readers,

I had an opportunity at a recent NY-SPIN event to present on “Agile Resiliency,” our strategy for making agile strong enough to survive, thrive and even scale. Today’s episode of CMMI-TV was filmed ON LOCATION in New York City, where I was asked if it were really possible to run the whole company, not just software projects, using Scrum. Below is a video clip of my answer, followed by a synopsis of my response. Enjoy!


If companies are going to decide to adopt agile principles, they can choose not to stop with software engineering. An agile company can be agile in every way.


Agile companies can be agile in the way they run other departments, not just software engineering, including:
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Sales
  • Accounting
  • Operations
  • Human resources 
… everything!


The secret to having a successful company is understanding that it is not about the methods you use -- Scrum or XP, etc -- it’s about the values you embrace. When you run your company with agile values, you are constantly asking, ‘Are we operating a collaborative, iterative, transparent and high trust environment?’ Focus on values, and the techniques trickle down.

If you’d like to know more about embracing agile values in your organization, and running your entire company with Scrum, you are invited to participate in one of the most popular webinars in our “Everything You NEED to Know” series: “Agile Resiliency!”

Sign up for “Agile Resiliency” on August 25th at noon EST

It's free, it's useful, and it's a whole lot of fun.  Join us, won't you?

Like this blog? Forward to your nearest engineering or software exec!

Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

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