Agile in SA Organisations

University of Pretoria Guest Lecture: Agile in SA Organisations

I presented to the MIT850 students at UP about the state of Agile in South African organisations. The slides and video of the lecture are below as well as the overall outline of the presentation;

  • IT Projects Today
  • Sample Survey Results (these questions were provided before the lecture)
  • Evolution of Agile Thinking (the 8 pre-read papers provided to the students are given further below – after this slide)
  • Hybrid (I spoke about scrum gaining space in organisations “inch by inch”, this is a reference to the incredible scene from the movie Any Given Sunday when the coach played by Al Pacino motivates his players just before the end of a big game. I’ve embedded the video below the slide if you haven’t seen it.)
  • Learnings from the field
  • Building a culture for Agile (these two slides were from my presentation at Africa DevOps Day)
  • Self Organising Teams
  • FNB Codefest (more info see. www.FNBCodefest.co.za)

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MIT850 Reading List

  1. Beck, K. (1999) Embracing change with Extreme Programming, Computer, vol. 32, no. 10, pp. 70-77, October1999.
  2. Cao, L & Ramesh, B. (2008) Agile requirements engineering practices: an empirical case study, IEEE Software, January/February 2008, pp. 60-67.
  3. Fowler, M. (1998) Refactoring: doing design after the program runs, Distributed Computing, September 1998.
  4. Sommerville, I. (2005) Integrated requirements engineering, IEEE Software, Jan/Feb 2005, pp. 16-23.
  5. Shore, J. (2004) Continuous design, IEEE Software, January-February 2004, pp.20-22.
  6. Schwaber, K. & Sutherland, J. (2013) The Scrum Guide™, The Definitive Guide to Scrum: The Rules of the Game (Google the title)
  7. Schwaber, K. & Sutherland, J. (2007) The Scrum Papers: Nuts, Bolts, and Origins of an Agile Process (Google the title. For reference purposes)
  8. Takeuchi, H. & Nonaka, I. (1986) The new product development game, Harvard Business Review, 1986.

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1 Comment

  1. Sherwin Johnson on September 15, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Hi, Enjoyed the lecture, augmented some of the principles I recently discovered in The Heart of Change, John P Kotter. Thanks and well done on a great blog.

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