Ilija Studen

ActiveCollab

Our take on agile

Agile is about being agile, and willing to change, not about following any methodology in particular. This talk is about our process, how it evolves, what its current state is and which results did we get so far.

Full abstract

Lowercase 'a' in agile? Blasphemy! Not really. Agile is about being agile, and willing to change, not about following any methodology in particular. During this presentation we'll talk about our process, how we adopted lean thinking over Scrum or any other 'instant' process, and managed to shorten time to market 2x for big features in two latest iterations. Best part is that it keeps getting shorter with each iteration. A big feature used to take us 45 days to develop. Releasing a feature of equivalent complexity now takes about three weeks on average. This is from the start until the moment a finished product is available to the customer (only DoD that matters to us). It includes kick-off, development, testing, code review, documentation, staging, release and announcement. From our perspective, that’s a 100% increase in productivity. We accomplished it with the same resources and people - the only difference being constant retrospectives and improvement of the way we work.