5 Agile Development Tips You Missed at LEAP 2017

April 11, 2017 Marcus Varner

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Agile is all the rage, and nowhere is this less true than at LEAP 2017, which is in full swing in Salt Lake City, Utah, today. I had the chance to sit in on a session about Agile development, presented by Workfront customer Brady Robinder, who leads video efficiency team at Comcast. 

Just in case you missed it, here are five Agile development tips that Brady shared with the group:

1. Focus on delivering value to customers

"A lot of the time, my development team gets their heads down in the weeds and forgets to look up and make sure they're delivering the value the customer is looking for. The big question any Agile team has to think of from the customer's point of view is, 'What have you done for me?' It's all about the value you're delivering to customers." 

2. Customer collaboration over contract documentation

"When it comes to Agile, it's customer collaboration over contract documentation. I really want team members talking to customers, understanding what the requirements are and how they need it done."

3. Track hours worked vs. story points

"I require my team to keep track of their time in Workfront, so we can measure story points per hour, see how those line up, and better anticipate how many story points each person can take on."

4. Start with the right template

"It all starts with a template. We gear our template to make sure that all of the user stories are captured there. We make customers tell us in the template, 'I want it to do ____________, so ____________ happens'."

5. Align metrics with delivery

"When we're trying to see what we've done for customers, I like to know what our estimated capacity was, what our actual capacity was, how points were in an iteration. I also like to know what our variances are, so I can focus on how to improve them. It lets me have conversations with my team members: 'Are you over-estimating? Are you under-estimating?' It lets us have those conversations and make sure everyone is doing things appropriately."

Stay tuned throughout the rest of the week as we share more insights from LEAP 2017!

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Want to learn more about how to make Agile work for your team? Download the Gigaom Research report, "How to unlock the promise of Agile in the enterprise."

About the Author

Marcus Varner

Marcus is a content strategist and producer who loves helping brands craft content that improves customers' lives, builds brand credibility, and demands to be shared. For the last 10 years, Marcus has worked in every type of content—from writing to video production to design—and is currently a senior content marketing manager at Workfront, where he oversees all corporate- and awareness-level level content. When he's not producing content, he's consuming it, in the form of books, movies, and podcasts.

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