Adapting Agile Principle in a Historically Non-agile Environment – Schmidt

11:15 am -11:50 am

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Breakout Room 3


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Abstract: The development of several mini-websites (microsites) at the American Chemical Society is being presented as an example of utilizing an agile workstyle in a historically non-agile environment. Two of the microsites were the conversion of a print magazine to a digital product, while the third was the re-creation of a course catalog. The projects required some non-standard application of agile principles to promote the collaboration and engagement characteristic of agile project. The business owners worked closely with members of the Web Strategy and Operations team on all aspects of the microsite development, including the discernment of the design, the features, and content workflow. After the first project, all stakeholders were invited to weekly project meetings, with enough information to allow the stakeholders to decide if they needed to attend a meeting. A dashboard allowed all participants to see the status of the project, and many tasks were tracked with Jira. The projects often faced resource limitations, e.g. team members were not exclusively dedicated to the projects. Competing activities and projects posed major challenges to the project cadence, communication, and general team dynamics. This talk will show the agile principles applied to the projects and will discuss some of the tactics taken to overcome the challenges.

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