Port of Rotterdam: World class port, world class software?

by Rutger Van Dijk & Mario Klaver

Short:

The Port of Rotterdam started in 2009 with the development of their new port information system called HaMIS.
Now, two and a half years later, we are working with 3 teams, releasing new software every three weeks. And we have learned a lot. So far so good....for the sales pitch and the management.

But how did it really go down in the barn ? Is everything going smooth ? Are there no challenges left ?
So how are we doing now ? What have learned, what did go wrong and what went right ? During this session we will share our experiences, highs and lows of these years in this maritime environment.

Goal of the session: How to use Scrum in big projects with multiple teams and how to deal with a non-agile environment.
Intended audience: Marieke, Bram, Georges, Vincent, Joke, Hank, Ellen (see Personas)
Experience level: None
Session Type: presentation
Topic: Cases and Intros, Process and Improvement
Duration: 60 min
Max participants:
Laptops required:


Detailed Description

The Port of Rotterdam started in 2009 with the development of their new port information system called HaMIS. The goal was to replace the old information system dated from 1995 and to support the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Harbour Master in their main tasks (vessel traffic management and planning, dangerous goods inspections, incident response and supporting patrol vessels). The final system would support 24/7 the effective, safe and efficient handling of shipping in the port of Rotterdam and the offshore approaches to the port.

Now, two and a half years later, we are working with 3 teams, releasing new software every three weeks. And we have learned a lot. We started with a traditional RUP project, switched to agile/scrum, received the highest rating for software quality from an external auditor, intensively collaborate with non-agile organizations in the port area, go skiing every winter, went from seven software architects to just one, visited 800ft oil tankers and formed a happy, highly motivated, self-organizing team. So far so good....for the sales pitch and the management.

But how did it really go down in the barn ? Is everything going smooth ? Are there no challenges left ?

The road was bumpy:
- Dread-less endless discussions and retrospectives with a 25+ team
- three PO’s with all different opinions
- three teams working on the same code base
- several team members on a different location
- backlog grooming sessions where the PO’s got slammed for unclear needs
- different needs for the detail of a user story description
- coaching and training of junior developers
- synchronization with the old system
- end-users fear for change
- management demanding more functionality, more velocity, for the same price
- and so on, ......

So how are we doing now ? What have learned, what did go wrong and what went right ? During this session we will share our experiences, highs and lows of these years in this maritime environment.

Created: 13/07/12 21:42 -- Modified: 18/11/12 17:29
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