ADS Launches Skirmish Model for Agile
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Despite its warlike name, Skirmish uses gradual transition steps to prevent employee rebellion and it doesn't push deadlines for finishing the transition. Skirmish is designed for engagements with flexible timelines. The whole company is involved, not just developers. ADS works to align all aspects of a business with its core development team. Skirmish is intended for SMBs (small to medium size businesses) in order to focus on frequent face-to-face collaboration. ADS is also careful not to disrupt the company's current production.
ADS Skirmish involves three phases:
Phase 1: Stabilize
The first phase tries to diffuse any chaotic situations and stabilize development. Then ADS works with the company to get a handle on their unique situation. Metrics are set up and added to a custom dashboard for observing and managing the transition.
Phase 2: Increase Agility
When the company is ready, ADS aligns all operations (sales, support, operations) with the agile development team. Transparency and visualization increase and more performance metrics are added to the dashboard
Phase 3: Sustain
Long-standing goals are set and plans for continuous improvement are implemented.
Agile Planning by David Armano
ADS believes that agile is especially important in tough economic times. Companies need to be more efficient with less workers. By increasing process efficiency, speed-to-market, visibility, project control, and focus on revenue-generating activities, agile can help companies survive and even grow in a poor economic climate.
A wide range of agile resources are available at the company’s website, including articles, webinars, videos and presentations. ADS also offers individual coaching sessions and Scrum workshops.