Optimising software delivery performance...

We work with your business and software delivery teams to find opportunities for optimising the way you deliver projects. We won’t recommend adopting idealistic best practices for the sake of it, instead we focus on solving only real problems with pragmatic solutions, in a cost and resource efficient manner.

Assignments are often working with businesses that have adopted agile methodologies and are now looking to move to the next level, but we also help with traditional software delivery processes that can be optimised without the full adoption of agile.

 

In today’s changing business landscape, being agile isn’t a choice, it’s a necessity

The growing adoption of agile methodologies to support software development results from the increasing need for business to adapt to change. Building monolithic software applications through detailed specification and design takes too long and more often than not, delivers the wrong solution.

It’s too easy to set aside your existing project governance and control, believing it is no longer necessary now that you’ve become an ‘agile’ organisation.

If you have lost your way on the journey to agile nirvana then Agile Software Management can help refocus your software delivery efforts.

Our passion lies in helping businesses deliver great software products and services

Agile can apply to many areas of a business, but we specialise in adding value to the software delivery process. This focus means we can deliver real world solutions to your problems based on many years’ experience and not on theoretical ideas and recommendations that never get implemented.

We work on your site with your teams to understand how you deliver software projects today and find where improvements will add significant value. We won’t recommend fixing what isn’t broken or you invest significant resources for minimal return. If something is working for your business then conformance to best practice is just not relevant. If there’s a problem we’ll help you carry out a pragmatic fix with the least cost and impact to your business.

This term is often forgotten and considered unnecessary in the world of agile, after all, why does a self-managed team need to be managed?

When you talk with most software developers about agile, their focus and understanding is Scrum. There’s nothing wrong with that answer as their interest lies with developing software and Scrum does that well. This is often how waterfall to agile transformations happen in the real world, driven by the software development team, eager to work smarter and be the best at their job.

The dilemma is how to wrap the traditional project management processes around Scrum without stifling the goodness it brings to the delivery team. This conflict can sometimes result in the belief that Scrum will suffice as a project management replacement. This approach leads to a decline in formal project management activities and burdens the delivery team with project matters that distract them from their primary role.

The solution is not to ignore project management and hope the renewed Scrum team momentum will compensate, instead you need to introduce an agile project management solution that fits around your Scrum team like a glove.

We have extensive experience of the APMG-International Agile Project Management AgilePM® method. Agile Project Management results from collaboration between APMG-International and The DSDM Consortium. DSDM (Dynamic Systems Development Method) is the longest-established agile method, launched in 1995.

  • Software development team coaching
  • Agile methods training and coaching
  • Developing better user stories and requirements
  • Software estimation techniques
  • Agile project management
  • Improving code quality with code reviews and analysis
  • Assessing and dealing with technical debt
  • Automation and continuous integration
  • Transitioning to a DevOps culture
  • Introducing TDD and automated testing
  • Adopting pair programming
  • Implementing agile task management and workflow tools
  • Team collaboration and engaging with customers
  • Setting up and managing offshore development teams