Achieving Success with any Agile Planning Tool (Jessica Wolfe)

The Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tool should facilitate empowering teams to manage stakeholder expectations; govern execution across portfolio, program, and delivery teams; and publish dashboards, metrics and insights the support continuous improvement.

This session will demonstrate how to establish a tooling set that enables the implementation of a scaled governance model and supports generation of relevant metrics for managing the flow of work throughout the delivery organization. When configured and used appropriately, the tool should provide traceability of work from strategy to implementation, and inform the metrics used to manage and improve the system of delivery.

For change to occur, the tool should make the changes visible, so you are capable of economic prioritization of improvements. The visibility should show how backlogs, teams and product are connected top-down and bottom up in your organization. There are three primary outcomes to consider when building a tooling solution:

1. Understand Capacity
2. Orchestrate Dependencies
3. Reduce Delivery Risk

In order to effectively achieve the primary outcomes, we must consider how to make the structure of the capabilities and/or value streams visible and connected appropriately in the toolset. The workflows must accurately represent the value states of governance model being utilized.
Lastly, we must have metrics to support experimentation, decision making and progress on outcomes.

The goal of this session is not to necessarily compare the tools but display how you can achieve these outcomes in the major toolsets used in the Tampa Bay Agile Community. The tools being covered are Jira, VersionOne, Azure DevOps(VSTS) and Target Process.

Food, beverage, and location space for this meetup are made possible by our generous sponsor Keiser University and Eliassen Group.

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