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Wagile Product Development - Being Agile with Waterfall Clients

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Slides Jessica Fredican recently used in his discussion w/ mentees of The Product Mentor.

Synopsis: Working with enterprise clients accustomed to waterfall development can be challenging. Taking a "wagile" approach can help your team stay agile while managing client expectations.

The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals…Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People.

Throughout the program, each mentor leads a conversation in an area of their expertise that is live streamed and available to both mentee and the broader product community.


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Wagile Product Development - Being Agile with Waterfall Clients

  1. 1. WAGILE: BEING AGILE WITH WATERFALL CLIENTS Jessica Fredican @jessicafredican
  2. 2. Agenda What is Wagile? How does it work? When to use it?
  3. 3. Waterfall Challenges
  4. 4. Agile Ideals Are Great  Individuals and interactions over processes and tools  Working software over comprehensive documentation  Customer collaboration over contract negotiation  Responding to change over following a plan - Agile Manifesto
  5. 5. Agile doesn’t work for everyone
  6. 6. Wagile Agile Ideals  Focus on delivering value  Frequent customer validation  Ability to respond to change Agile Waterfall Wagile Waterfall Reality  Defined Releases  Defined Test Periods  Planning Periods
  7. 7. Roadmapping in Wagile Establish client and external stakeholder planning periods Groom major feature sets and themes Validate directional roadmap with stakeholders Prioritize and size work
  8. 8. Delivery in Wagile Regular but flexible release schedule Set theme or define a single feature for the release Communicate theme/single feature externally Manage release backlog internally
  9. 9. Product Validation in Wagile Roadmap validation with customers and stakeholders Release theme validation with customers and stakeholders Frequent informal validation with users and stakeholders End-of-Release User Acceptance Testing
  10. 10. Wagile is successful with… Enterprise clients Organizations transitioning from waterfall Updates require new install Users have a low change tolerance
  11. 11. Transitioning Waterfall to Wagile Get stakeholders comfortable with uncertain reality Agile education Ships don’t turn on a dime
  12. 12. Thank you