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Agile Governance — 4 Guiding Principles for Good Governance in Agile

Governance in Agile

What is Agile Governance

Guiding Principles for Agile Governance

What are the Best Practices in Agile Governance

  • Make sure your organizational needs match with an agile project. And to ensure alignment, provide simple documentation at the start of an agile project. The documentation must clearly describe how the project’s work will match your company’s strategy and goals.
  • While working on a project, ensure to continuously report to your organization about the new value after each iteration.
  • The product owner should share updates from stakeholders and business conditions with the delivery team. This information might contain details that can impact work progress and challenges.
  • Use an agile project software that gives access to essential information about an agile project to the stakeholders and other organizational members who aren’t part of the delivery team.
  • The delivery team must have access to various metrics such as the burndown chart and CFD. The burndown chart will help them understand what tasks they need to complete and the time needed.
  • Ensure to welcome changes throughout the project.

Key Challenges of Agile Governance for Work Projects

  • Challenges may arise while adopting agile governance, including training, coaching, and DevOps practices.
  • Some team leaders may not understand agile and, consequently, don’t give team members the right autonomy to stay effective.
  • Creating the appropriate organizational environment and culture where leaders encourage self-organizing teams can be challenging.
  • Agile methodology embraces documentation. However, sometimes unnecessary documentation can be a waste of time.
  • In agile, the iterative work produces the best product; there isn’t room for any “expected” outputs. However, an organization can need information on expected outputs, which differs from agile methodology. A product’s actual outcomes can be different from what you expected initially.

How to Apply Governance into an Agile Project

  • You can allow your agile team to perform normal project management tasks within agile. But, organizations must understand that project management and project governance are two different concepts.
  • After deciding to adopt agile governance while delivering products, your organizational leaders and team members should come together to set goals expectations and negotiate and agree on what is reasonable and useful to the organization. Everyone in the team should stay on the same page regarding organizational goals and expectations.
  • Your agile teams should focus on reporting their work progress that aligns with those expectations.
  • Ensure to invite organizational leaders to your daily standup or scrum meetings. This will help them stay informed about the progress and challenges of an agile project.
  • Start with modified agile processes like “hybrid” to focus more on agile governance and help organizational leaders adopt agile better.
  • To become more comfortable and better with agile governance, encourage your organization to start with a small pilot project.

The Bottom Line



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Naveen Kumar Singh

Agile Coach and Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) @Agilemania, Servant leader @Agile 30 and Developer @GitHub, Ranting @LinkedIn & an Artist @YouTube