How do we mitigate the uncertainties that are introduced by using Agile? In this webinar, PNSQC’s Philip Lew and Ying Ki Kwong from Oregon’s Office of the State CIO discuss agile risk management and project uncertainty.
Listen to what these experts have to say, and you’ll learn about risks you never thought of and see how you can manage or avoid them entirely.
Are you ignoring uncertainties in your pursuit of agility?
Agile is designed to handle uncertainty in requirements as new features are requested and their priorities shift in real time. Agile sprints produce frequent software releases based on direct input from the business. This tight coupling with the business enables, in theory, early detection of defects in requirements and designs; as high-level user stories/scenarios are elaborated to produce detail requirements that support design, development, and implementation.
However, in chasing agility, projects often ignore or poorly understand the uncertainties and associated project risks introduced by important Agile processes. With relentless sprints, it is easy to view completed sprints as a proxy for progress. The risk trap is a poor understanding of the probability and impact of the actual project risks associated with implementing certain user stories incorrectly (scope/quality risks) and actual velocity falling short of the expected (schedule/budget risks).
Identifying and mitigating risks and assumptions
What assumptions are causing you to spend too much effort on things you can’t control or give you unfounded comfort and reassurance? If we can’t understand the uncertainties and risks, how can we have confidence in our software as systems become more complex?
In this webinar, Phil supplements classic risk management techniques with a lifecycle approach on agile risk management to identify and address the uncertainties that matter — and those that don’t. Then, he outlines methods that you can use to address these risks while maintaining rhythm in your agile software processes.
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This webinar is brought to you in association with the Project and Portfolio Leaders Forum (PPLF) and PNSQC.