Agile Cooperative

Agile Cooperative

The Agile Cooperative focuses on helping organizations leverage agile ideas and methodologies such as Scrum, XP and test-driven development to add value sooner. The Agile Cooperative brings together decades of experience, expertise and knowledge to ensure customers receive excellent results from every engagement. Offering the advantage of broad expertise, we ensure that you and your teams receive the best available coaching, consulting and training in the industry.

  • Tired of working on piles of projects at the same time with no ROI?
  • Interested in taking big steps forward on your agile journey to deliver customer value?
  • Concerned that you’re wasting people’s talent and time on the wrong products?
  • Considering agile (or had a failed attempt) and overwhelmed by the seemingly endless options?
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Agile Teams Overcome Challenges

Having worked on successful and “challenged” waterfall, iterative and agile projects, the reality is that the longer projects take, the longer you have to wait to recognize value. Why do we prefer agile approaches? Simply put, agile approaches deliver value faster.

New and changing requirements are two of the most commonly cited reasons projects fail or are over budget. Fixing these issues tends to focus on how to prevent change or spending more time documenting requirements. The real question is, “Why are the requirements missing or wrong?” There are quite a few reasons, but at the core is the recognition that people are not sure what they want. When asked about a new product, most people are not sure exactly what they want and need unless they can see it (a bit of the chicken or the egg).  Creating a “best practice” that forces them to just keep asking more questions… or mandating people sign-off on a specification that no one fully understands does not work.  It has not worked. It will not work.  Sure, it might cover your butt (“well, the VP signed off”) and if that is all you are going for, then it may just be good enough for you.  There is a better way, if you are looking for one.

Changing requirements are an issue on every software development project and any other project that is developing a new product. The issues, however, have more to do with trying to lock in all the requirements early, instead of embracing change.

Requirements on a software project will change and be added. That is a fact. So figuring out how to leverage change for success is the larger question!

A few of the ways we seek to answer this question include:

  • Significant customer involvement
  • Delivering working results incrementally (e.g. every 1 to 2 weeks)
  • Real prioritization of features by the customer
  • Team driven work (iterations)
  • Supportive organizational management team

Still skeptical? We don’t blame you! Some customers point out that even with the customer involved, projects still fail. Implementing only one or two agile concepts is not going to “fix everything.” It may improve your success a bit OR not.

We see the critical turning point in increased value when teams begin delivering working software and value every few weeks. When your customer has been involved in the process and can see and use software a few weeks after that first meeting – that is the moment when everyone starts to get it.

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Agile Cooperative World Class Team

Agile For All
Agile for All is a consulting and training firm dedicated to helping companies utilize agile in the most effective manner possible –  instead of doing pieces and parts without understanding the nuances involved. Agile for All is led by Bob Hartman (Certified Scrum Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer) and Richard Lawrence (Certified Scrum Coach).  Agile for All is based in Denver, CO.

Agile Institute
Emphasizing “helping people create quality software, one team at a time,” Agile Institute provides coaching and training in Agile techniques, Object-Oriented design and sane work environments. It is based in the San Francisco Bay area.

Agile 42
With offices in Denver, Berlin, Vancouver, Rotterdam, and Bologna, agile42 offers practical process consulting, training and coaching all over the world. agile42 was one of the first Scrum Alliance Registered Education Provider (REP) and delivers CSM, CSPO, and CSD classes in English and German.

To Be Agile
Founded by top technical instructor David Bernstein, To Be Agile helps software developers learn how to design and develop software within an agile process that is easier to maintain and extend. To Be Agile is based in Bellevue, WA.

Virtual Genius
Paul Rayner is a independent consultant with more than twenty years of software development and consulting experience. His company, Virtual Genius, provides organizations with the tools and practices needed to succeed at agile software development, from portfolio management through to customer delivery. Based in Denver, CO.

Agility Street
Agility Street helps people, teams, and organizations improve by helping them break-through tough issues and relentlessly learn and improve. Agility Street provides agile coaching for agile organizations and organizational coaching for leaders and teams.  They also provide agile training and leadership agility trainingJake Calabrese, founder of Agility Street believes that the biggest challenge we face is continuing to improve how we work together, learn, and collaborate with each other.    Based in Denver, CO.

“Leadership teams, executive teams, agile teams, sales teams, teachers… – we have amazing people everywhere – and we are focused on helping people be amazing!” – Jake

You can learn more at the Agile Cooperative website or by contacting us with any questions you may have!