Agile + DevOps East 2018 Concurrent Session : Be the MVP: Building Software in Small Chunks


Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Be the MVP: Building Software in Small Chunks

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Here is a question we should all ask ourselves when building new software: Are we building in small chunks? Focusing on first building a minimum viable product, or MVP, is vital in creating a shift to full team and organizational agility. Agile methods work great when building, testing, and learning in small, discernible, discrete pieces is the norm. But when we don't use that approach, we find teams slipping back to old waterfall (or maybe "Scrummerfall") habits. If there is not a shift to building in smaller increments—or even an understanding of how to do that—the agile transformation is going to be in trouble. Attend this session to learn how to move team and organizational planning approaches to fundamentally smaller delivery and how the MVP plays a significant role. When a team naturally uses the MVP's associated mental model, there will be a quick gravitation toward smaller stories and tasks, enabling more thoughtful slicing, better testing and learning outcomes, higher productivity, better morale, and, ultimately, faster turnaround to customer value.

Jim Grunder
Fidelity Investment

Jim Grunder is an experienced technology executive with a thirty-year history of building and developing strong business and technology teams. He has significant experience in the financial services and manufacturing industries and is skilled in agile delivery and transformation, along with leadership in digital technology, customer relationship management (CRM), organizational leadership, software as a service (SaaS), and product marketing. Jim has led an enterprise agile transformation for organizations with more than ten thousand associates and over three hundred scrum teams. He is an experienced agile practice leader and has consulted with several Fortune 500 companies in the organization of their agile transformation approaches.