January 7, 2006

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Agile SPI Guinea Pigs

After localised successes with a handful of clients, I'm now gaining confidence that Agile SPI really works. After less than a year, on average, clients have experienced a productivity improvement of 23%, and a return on their total SPI investment (not just my fees) of just over 500%.

Of course, this could be beginners luck, based on just a handful of data points. And, as the method explicitly commands: we're interested in trends, and not in the data points! So I guess I should take some of my own medicine and widen the sample to a few dozen case studies.

Unfortunately there's only one of me, so I can't take on dozens of clients at the same time (much as I would love to).

So, what I'd like to do is find volunteers to undertake Agile SPI themselves, with regular help and guidance from me by email and telephone. I will make the training materials and other resources available to volunteers absolutely free of charge, and will keep in touch every month - again, absolutely free of charge.

I'd love to make the program as inclusive as possible, gathering data from the widest possible set of situations, but this might be impractical, so I regretfully have to stipulate some qualifying criteria:

1. You must have your employer's blessing
2. You are using .NET or Java (helps to compare apples with apples, and metrics tools are more readily available)
3. There are at least 4 developers on your team(s), and no more than 16 on each team
4. You are prepared to adapt your planning and tracking practices to incorporate what's needed for Agile SPI (even if you don't plan on doing agile development per se)

If you're interested in volunteering, please email me giving the details of your organisation, your team and perhaps a few words on why you'd like to try Agile SPI.
Posted 2 weeks, 3 days ago on January 7, 2006