Q Con 2008 - Unleashing the Fossa

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Published on November 21, 2008

Author: sgreene

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UNLEASHING the FOSSA Scaling Agile in an AMBITIOUS CULTURE QCon San Francisco November 2008 Chris Fry , VP Platform Development Steve Greene, Sr. Director Tools & Agile Development





from the beginning

3 Number of people in R&D

fast innovative smart

4 Number of Major Releases per year

7 years later

rapid success

47,700+ Customers

1,100,000 Subscribers

10 Billion transactions per quarter

500+ people in R&D

it was getting more difficult to deliver

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Features Delivered per Team Days between Major Releases

1 Number of Major Releases in 2006


Lack of visibility

Resource Bottlenecks

Unpredictable completion of projects or initiatives

Lack of responsiveness, lack of team alignment on priorities

Infrequent Customer Feedback

What did we do about it?

Major enterprise-wide Agile Transformation to ADM In just 3 months + another 18 months of continuous improvement

I knew we needed radical change to get us back on track to regular releases and agile delivered. ” Parker Harris Founder and Executive Vice President, Technology Salesforce.com “

Transformation Results 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Features Delivered per Team Days between Major Releases

ADM has delivered total visibility, total transparency and unbelievable productivity… a complete win! ” Steve Fisher Sr. Vice President, Platform Product Management Salesforce.com “

On time delivery? Last waterfall release

Simple is better.  With our agile approach to product development we've put our amazing people in charge.  They work as a team to do the right thing for the customers, their fellow employees and our shareholders. ” Todd McKinnon Sr. Vice President, Research & Development Salesforce.com “

+ 61 improvement in “mean time to release” for major releases in our first agile year %

+ 38 Increase in feature requests delivered per developer in our first agile year %


88 of respondents believe the quality of our products have improved or stayed the same %

89 of respondents are having the “best time” or a “good time” at Salesforce % * Improved from 40% 18 months ago

94 of respondents would recommend ADM to their colleagues inside or outside Salesforce %


What is ADM? ADM is a modified Scrum/XP style of product development that is specific to Salesforce. It employs Scrum project management framework, adopts certain XP practices and is based on lean principles.

What is ADM? Re-factoring Self-organizing Predictable releases Transparent Ftest - Selenium Continuous integration Debt free Just-in-time Iterative Always Potentially Releasable Time-boxed User stories Agile Lean Early feedback Code Reviews Collective Code Ownership Self-correcting Scrum of (Scrum of Scrums) Seasonal Planning Rhythm

The Rollout

Wrote proposal

Created a dedicated, cross-functional rollout team

Everyone jumped in together

Positioned as a return to our core values

Listen to your customers Iterate KISS

Distributed Ken Schwaber’s Scrum book Developed 2-hour Agile overview

Sent 30 ScrumMasters to ScrumMaster Certification Sent 35 Product Managers to Product Owner Certification

Created weekly ScrumMaster and Product Owner forums

Created internal, wiki-based website as a reference for team members

16332 5752 2656 27967 Automation



Just get started. (the rest will come later)

Change isn’t easy. (get ready to be hated)

“ In many ways, scrum seems like an inflexible, bureaucratic process akin to something at the Department of Motor Vehicles.” “… ditch the stupid annoyingly dumb excel spreadsheet.” “ Scrum doesn't account for the fact of the reality of the waterfall. You cannot deny this by superimposing scrum over it.” “ Management is not proactive as we wait for decisions from management. Scrum gives me the feeling that Big Brother is watching and monitoring everything we do…” “ It seems like we spend more time talking about scrum…than we spend time talking and working on salesforce.com.”

They don’t like us. (and may never like us again)

“ Stop trying to implement scrum, and look at how many releases we can really do in a year.” “ The lingo is ridiculous” Team is effective but productivity is lower “ Scrum does not meaningfully affect the team's effectiveness; it is structure and process that often distracts the team from their goal, and can be used to micromanage the team.” “ We've managed to take a lightweight process and attach enough … to it to make it just as bad as our previous process, good job!” Lack of innovation. No innovation. I can't innovate. I am at the mercy of my product owner, who cares not for innovation, only the chirpings of customers...

But, they got over it.

And. Finally. The rollout is over! (but we’re not done)

Now for the later stuff.

Continuous Improvement “ Agile Launch” Big Bang Rollout January October April October January July Rollout Adoption Excellence Expansion April 144 146 148 150 152 154

Continuous Improvement “ Agile Launch” Big Bang Rollout January October April October January July Rollout Adoption Excellence Expansion April Scrumforce Office Hours Release Management Sustainable Velocity Virtual Architecture System Testing PTOn Open Space SoS Cross Team Impact Dependencies Release Planning

Continuous Improvement – Excellence & Expansion October April January July 2008 April October July 2009 IT Rollout Customer & Partner Agile consulting Technical Operations Rollout Unified Seasonal Planning

Don’t be like us. (or what would we’d do differently)

Involve more individual contributors early

Provide team members more training earlier and with more intensity

Get outside coaching earlier

Key executives should take concrete deliverables around the rollout

Keys to success?

Ensure executive commitment to the change

Focus on principles over mechanics

Focus on getting several teams to excellence

Provide radical Transparency

When the heat is on stick to your principles

We failed. (all along the way)

Experiment, be patient and expect to make mistakes

You can’t afford to NOT change your organization to deliver growth

More information about ADM http://www.slideshare.net/sgreene/slideshows http://www.slideshare.net/cfry/slideshows Tags : ADM, agile, scrum, xp, salesforce.com



Tags : ADM, agile, scrum, xp, salesforce.com


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