Agile Can Work For Your Whole Company

Our portfolio company Rally Software absolutely creamed their first quarter plan – I’m pleasantly stunned by their positive performance.  They are leading the adoption of Agile software methodologies into software development organization. 

While that is exciting, I keep hearing stories – especially from Rally Software customers – about how they are using Agile in other parts of their company.  Ashley at GroundFloor Media has a great post up titled PR and software development may have more in common than you might think… about how GroundFloor is using Agile methodologies in other parts of their organization.  If you are interested in another example, Matt Blumberg (Return Path’s CEO) wrote about Agile Marketing a while ago.

  • Dharmesh Shah

    You might enjoy this article about Agile Software Startups:

    http://onstartups.com/home/tabid/3339/bid/190/Agi

    Similar ideas around applying agile approaches to the business side of a startup.

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Yup – right on the money.

  • John May

    The entire company of Rally uses agile principles to run the business. It is the most dynamic and effective organization that adapts to its needs that I have ever been a part of in my career. It is not just about software development, it is about being competitive and responsive in the market.

    Anything can be managed to an iterative process and done so with more focus, precitability and responsiveness than traditional management methods. I work in sales and us Rally to keep focused on our accounts and objectives both short and long term. It gives me perspective on my velocity of effort that can be applied effectively and always to the highest priority. If you think software is the only market…watch out.

  • John May

    PS. We did crush it!

  • http://blog.orch8.net/ Elliot Turner

    Agile and its variants are a great way to manage the product development process. Rally looks like an amazing tool. XPlanner is another tool (free) that's a great way to “dip your feet” into the Agile process. We've been using XPlanner in-house for several years now and are looking forward to eventually upgrading to Rally, as it offers some really fantastic features.

  • http://www.zed-axis.com Nancy

    Hi,

    Excellent article – I really appreciate your blog about “Agile can work for your whole company”, I have bookmarked it for later viewing and forwarded it on.

    Cheers.

  • Nancy

    Hi,

    Excellent article – I really appreciate your blog about "Agile can work for your whole company", I have bookmarked it for later viewing and forwarded it on.

    Cheers.

  • John May

    The entire company of Rally uses agile principles to run the business. It is the most dynamic and effective organization that adapts to its needs that I have ever been a part of in my career. It is not just about software development, it is about being competitive and responsive in the market.

    Anything can be managed to an iterative process and done so with more focus, precitability and responsiveness than traditional management methods. I work in sales and us Rally to keep focused on our accounts and objectives both short and long term. It gives me perspective on my velocity of effort that can be applied effectively and always to the highest priority. If you think software is the only market…watch out.

  • John May

    PS. We did crush it!

  • Elliot Turner

    Agile and its variants are a great way to manage the product development process. Rally looks like an amazing tool. XPlanner is another tool (free) that's a great way to "dip your feet" into the Agile process. We've been using XPlanner in-house for several years now and are looking forward to eventually upgrading to Rally, as it offers some really fantastic features.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Yup – right on the money.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/dharmesh_sh8317 dharmesh_sh8317

    You might enjoy this article about Agile Software Startups:

    http://onstartups.com/home/tabid/3339/bid/190/Agi

    Similar ideas around applying agile approaches to the business side of a startup.