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I finished the audio book . Doing Agile Right

With remote working becoming the new norm, atleast for the foreseeable future. How can Enterprises measure productivity better & how can Agile help? Apart from Velocity, Burn charts and code check… more

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Hi. I’ve been at Bain for 42 years, and I lead our Global Innovation and Agile Practices. I love Agile, but I’m more of an Agile pragmatist than a zealot. I look forward to the discussion.

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I keep reading articles on pmo in an agile world (agile PMO)—is their such a thing in your opinion and if so, what does that look like?

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How can agile methodology be used in conjunction with design thinking?

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What is your best advice for a new practitioner of Agile?

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What trainings do you recommend to better understand and implement agile methodology?

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Are there specific components to Agile processes while working on AI projects?

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Most challenging Agile implementation/client dynamics/incident/etc you can share from your work? How did you respond?

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Hi Sarah, thanks for your time! Can you talk a bit about your experience as a female leader in Agile? I find it to be very male-dominated, which can be intimidating to me sometimes.

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Thanks for taking the time! I wasn’t aware that Bain was dabbling so much in tech strategy. More of a meta question, but how large is this practice compared to traditional business strategy?

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Hi! I am a partner at Bain and lead Bain's operating model practice. I look forward forward to answering your questions today.

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Is there empirical evidence that can be cited to prove out Agile methods for our clients?

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What are your thoughts on Agile and finance institutions? Are there some industries that agile works better for than others?

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Do you think companies can effectively implement agile internally? When do your recommend bringing in outside consultants?

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What are some key features of agile that can be successfully applied to change management?

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When decoupling from legacy technologies, what are some common missteps clients have made and what are some solutions to these missteps.

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Hi, everyone. I'm a Bain partner based in Boston, with the firm for nearly 30 years and a founder of our Enterprise Technology practice. For the past decade, I've focused on agile transformation.

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Are there cases where you would actually NOT recommend an agile approach to development, both in IT or other functions?

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How do you help clients transition to agile properly when they’re stuck in their ways with waterfall? Also what are your views on clients who do Wagile?

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What metrics or data are most important to understand the success of an agile at scale program? How do you convince senior clients that the money was “well spent” & the teams are performing better… more

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I think SAFe is trash and haven’t seen any actual technology firms use it. It flies in the face of Agile principles and keep decision making centralized and farther away from customers. It allows lega… more

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What is Bain’s take on Agile?

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Contract (Federal) requires agile but leadership is generally resistant to retros, sprint plans, and other usual processes. Any tips on how to convince them to buy in and adopt the “agile mindset”?

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Advice on how to determine how many story points a user story is worth? Seems many coaches have different opinions on the process.

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How do we advise clients into agile when they are in traditional biz like manufacturing? Especially during covid when ppl are focusing on cutting cost.

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How do you do agile with hardware, or at least applies those concepts to hardware? How does it differ from the spiral model of development?

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Have you found ways to successfully implement an agile mindset/methodology in workstreams outside of product development? If so, has there been an increase or dip in performance? Could you maybe elab… more

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How do you differentiate between being agile vs being product centric? How can it be implemented successfully for teams that are not colocated, spread across timezones, staffed with multiple vendors?

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Do you find that agile works for data science teams despite its experimental nature?

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Rant about consulting and Agile from a former Product Manager who has actually shipped products in real life

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Haven’t seen Bain do much in healthcare LS? What’s the value prop and differentiator

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Where does empathy sit within the agile methodology in real life implementation?

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It's hard to find a company that adopts pure agile. What have you seen as being the top aspects of agile that companies might drop, and what are their reasonings?

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What is Bain doing with agile?

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Agile seems to create extra steps, more work, and lead to a less efficient process. How do you convince a buyer that they need to have additional roles like scrum masters, daily meetings and retrospec… more

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Do you think consultancies/SIs are switching to agile methodologies because the “product backlog” essentially serves as a safety net for revenue in cases where the partner/sales guy oversells?

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How do you get on the same page as a client who hired you to do an agile project because they think they know what it is already even though they are way off?

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Is implementing agile methodology with ERP systems a good idea? Or should they remain non agile?

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