Agile Success Questions

About the Team

For each team member:

  • What is their name?
  • What is their area of expertise?
  • What do they like to work on?
  • How many years of experience do they have?
  • Do they have prior Agile experience?
  • How long have they been on the team?
  • Do they have designated roles on the team?


For the team(s):

  • How many teams within the larger group?
  • How long have they been in this formation?
  • Is there an experience PM and BA on the team?
  • Does the team work well together?
  • What is the teams’ level of satisfaction?
  • Is there a direct manager for this team?
  • Are there tech leads an architects on the team?
  • Is the team co-located?
  • Are there dedicated Product Owners on the team?
  • Does the team participate in daily or regular standups?
  • Does every member of the team report to the same manager?
  • How good is the team in accomplishing its goals?


For External Resources:

  • Are you willing and financially able to bring on Agile Coaches/Developers as needed?
  • Have you ever had Agile coaches before? What was the experience like?


For Shared Services:

  • Do you rely upon any shared services? e.g. QA, ENG, OPS
  • Do you have time allocated for the team with the shared services or is there a chargeback model or is it based on size and importance of team?
  • Is the output of the team constrained by these shared services?
  • Could a small part of these shared services be added to the Agile team?
  • Can the Agile team output be staged on platforms that do not need the shared services? e.g. CI
  • Are these shared services Agile, Waterfall or FIFO?
  • Are there need/demand based shared services? e.g. Emergency team and a projects team

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