Agile Innovation Planning @ bol.com

How to get scrum under control

by Frederieke Ubels & Feike Groen

Short:

At bol.com we do scrum for almost 4 years now. As many companies have encountered with us, sometimes it's difficult to do scrum with deadlines, to combine agile with budget planning and be flexible and predictable at the same time. Especially when working with 5 business departments, 16 scrum teams, 25+ IT systems; and when you have to innovate constantly and still keep all systems available for 100% of the time at the lowest possible costs.

We invented a way to deal with this: rolling wave agile innovation planning. It involves all business managers, the whole IT department and a lot of Powerpoint & Excell, and it satisfies management expectations and Finance needs. Find out how?

Goal of the session: To give you ideas about how to do planning for a whole year in a large company in an agile way and how to involve IT departments with the rest of the organization
Intended audience: Marieke, Leo, Joke, Bram and especcially Vincent and Georges (see Personas)
Experience level:
Session Type: Presentation
Topic: Process and Improvement, but also a lot of planning
Duration: 60 or 90 (90 incl. workshop)
Max participants: nvt
Laptops required: no


Detailed Description

At bol.com we do scrum for almost 4 years now. As many companies have encountered with us, sometimes it's difficult to do scrum with deadlines, to combine agile with budget planning and be flexible and predictable at the same time. Especially when working with 5 business departments, 16 scrum teams, 25+ IT systems; and when you have to innovate constantly and still keep all systems available for 100% of the time at the lowest possible costs.

To deal with this our Finance and IT planners joined together to design (well, more or less find out) a new process of innovation planning, with 2 ends in mind:

We succeeded in doing this with the involvement of the whole IT bunch (100+ developers) by doing estimation sessions (= poker planning for a full year in 2 hours), marketplaces & elevator pitches for new projects, and it was the most fun budget planning everyone ever did. As a result we not only got a solid & flexible plan for next year, but also a means of keeping track on results in on-the-roadmaps and year-burn-downs.

We will explain this process & how we did it (twice, by now) in a case study with examples, show the tools we designed (excel, of course) and all the things we learned from it. And then you can try it at home!

Created: 08/07/12 11:24 -- Modified: 24/10/12 13:23
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