VersionOne, a vendor of tools used to help manage projects which use agile methodologies, has published its State of Agile Report for eleven years. Among the questions included in the survey used to create the report is one that asks respondents to identify the causes of failure for agile projects. In Version Ones 11th State of Agile Report, the leading cause (identified by 63% of respondents) is company philosophy or culture at odds with core agile values. This was the same leading cause cited in the 10th report, but only 46% of respondents listed it. The increase to 63% is significant and should raise additional concerns about having a culture that supports agile approaches.
In this exercise, students will leverage the knowledge about the philosophy behind agile project management, its principles, best practices, and methodologies gained from their experience in the class to consider aspects of organizational culture which would serve as driving forces aiding the adoption of agile approaches and those which would serve as restraining forces hindering it.
Write a one to two-page follow-up written report, which each student will submit as an individual written assignment.
– Describe the driving and restraining cultural forces which you found to be most meaningful for Jharna Software, and explain why you think these forces are worth mentioning, based on the content included in the case study. You may select forces which you introduced into the discussion, or choose ones mentioned by other students. You are also permitted to select a relevant work situation of your own experience or even a project described in a source you select from a trade journal, newspaper or magazine article, book or web-based source to support your arguments. If you do reference a third-party source, please be sure to list its name and provide a link to it if it is available on the Internet or in the Bobst Librarys digital archives.
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