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  1. 1. Srijan's Agile & Lean SoftwareDevelopment Philosophywww.srijan.net | business@srijan.in
  2. 2. WHEN DO PROJECTS SUCCEED?HOW DO EMPOWERED TEAMS DELIVERBETTER PROJECTS?www.srijan.net
  3. 3. MAKING PROJECTS SUCCESSFUL!● Clients are able to go-to-market (or internal stakeholders) early toreceive end-user-feedback● Teams build valuable software in 2-week cycles, deliver demos(functional pieces of working software), and adapt to changing end-userfeedback
  4. 4. MAKING PROJECTS SUCCESSFUL!● The client-manager “trusts” the team● There is room for honest, candid & adult/ mature communicationbetween client & team● The team seeks feedback from client proactively, with an objective to“continuously improve”
  5. 5. EMPOWERED TEAMS =SUCCESSFUL PROJECTSWHAT ARE EMPOWERED TEAMS?HOW DO THEY BEHAVE?HOW DO EMPOWERED TEAMS DELIVERBETTER?www.srijan.net
  6. 6. EMPOWERED TEAMS● Self-organizing● Teams succeed when they are focussed on ‘outcomes’; notfunctionality-built, or lines of code produced● They focus on ‘outcomes’ when they are ‘empowered’ and ‘theycare’
  7. 7. EMPOWERED TEAMS● When the client and dev team is “one-team”● They feel empowered when:○ They know ‘why they are doing the project’○ They are ‘self-confident’ : can ‘ask questions’, ‘challengeassumptions’○ There is ‘trust’ within the team -- management team and clientbusiness managers included
  8. 8. EMPOWERED TEAMS● They feel empowered when :○ They have diversity of thought, of approach○ They seek and offer feedback without fear○ Their ‘collective measures of success’ have higher weightagethan individuals’ success○ Their success is measured in a balanced way -- client happiness,finances, process, learning
  9. 9. WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DO NOTHAVE EMPOWERED TEAMS?WHAT ARE THE RISKS?www.srijan.net
  10. 10. DISEMPOWERED TEAMS● Focus on ‘writing great software’ rather than ‘building the rightproduct’● Lack of early end-user feedback leads to project-waste○ features, lines of code -- which is not needed/used
  11. 11. DISEMPOWERED TEAMS● Are fearful of sharing challenges○ leads to crisis and project failures● Success is defined by ‘billing done’ as opposed to ‘business valuedelivered’ or ‘client success’● Project success is measured by “sign-offs received” and “billingdone” (all internal goals; customer focus is lost)
  12. 12. DISEMPOWERED TEAMS● Individual are appraised for success/failure, rather than teams● Lack flexibility and nimbleness to adapt to changing client/projectneeds
  13. 13. HIRING AN EMPOWERED TEAMWHAT DOES IT TAKE TO HIRE SUCH ATEAM?www.srijan.net
  14. 14. FINDING A “THOUGHT PARTNER”!● A team of consultants focussed on “project success”● An empowered team that:○ understands the vision of the project○ focusses on “success of the project”○ “embraces change” in business priorities during the course of theproject○ feels responsible for your project success
  15. 15. FINDING A “THOUGHT PARTNER”!● An engaged team that○ asks a lot of questions & challenges assumptions○ gives demos every 2 weeks○ shares their internal challenges transparently and honestly○ seeks active feedback for continuous improvement
  16. 16. HIRING AN EMPOWERED TEAM● Instead of inviting RFPs, choose your team first● And to choose:○ engage early; meet the team -- developers, managers, extendedmanagement○ share your project/business needs○ get into a ½ day workshop
  17. 17. HIRING AN EMPOWERED TEAM● And to choose:○ discover their strengths, weaknesses; the truth beneath the salespitch○ see if the ‘are asking smart questions’○ see if their developers are able to communicate well○ evaluate their pricing model○ speak to their customers
  18. 18. HOW DOES SRIJAN DELIVERBUSINESS VALUE?HOW ARE SRIJAN TEAM’S ORGANIZED?ARE THEY EMPOWERED?www.srijan.net
  19. 19. SRIJAN’S EMPOWERED TEAMS● Srijan is organized around teams -- Projects, HR, Finances, Admin --everything (we took Ricardo Semler too seriously)● We bring projects to teams
  20. 20. ABOUTSRIJANwww.srijan.net
  21. 21. ABOUT SRIJANConsulting, designing and engineeringproducts and solutions for online businessesfor over 10 yearsIndia’s largest Drupal companyOver 200 clients across US, Europe, Middle Eastand APAC across industriesAgile / SCRUM process maturityPreferred Acquia partnersAcquia certified Drupal engineers
  22. 22. MARQUEE CLIENTS
  23. 23. Contact usThank YouInterested in joining or knowing more about us? Feel free to reach out to us throughany of these channels. Happy to help!business@srijan.in www.srijan.netNEW DELHI NEW YORK GURGAON GOA DHARAMSHALAHeadquarter: 8A - Vandana Building, 11 Tolstoy Marg, New Delhi - 110001 INDIA
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  1. 1. Srijan's Agile & Lean SoftwareDevelopment Philosophywww.srijan.net | business@srijan.in
  2. 2. WHEN DO PROJECTS SUCCEED?HOW DO EMPOWERED TEAMS DELIVERBETTER PROJECTS?www.srijan.net
  3. 3. MAKING PROJECTS SUCCESSFUL!● Clients are able to go-to-market (or internal stakeholders) early toreceive end-user-feedback● Teams build valuable software in 2-week cycles, deliver demos(functional pieces of working software), and adapt to changing end-userfeedback
  4. 4. MAKING PROJECTS SUCCESSFUL!● The client-manager “trusts” the team● There is room for honest, candid & adult/ mature communicationbetween client & team● The team seeks feedback from client proactively, with an objective to“continuously improve”
  5. 5. EMPOWERED TEAMS =SUCCESSFUL PROJECTSWHAT ARE EMPOWERED TEAMS?HOW DO THEY BEHAVE?HOW DO EMPOWERED TEAMS DELIVERBETTER?www.srijan.net
  6. 6. EMPOWERED TEAMS● Self-organizing● Teams succeed when they are focussed on ‘outcomes’; notfunctionality-built, or lines of code produced● They focus on ‘outcomes’ when they are ‘empowered’ and ‘theycare’
  7. 7. EMPOWERED TEAMS● When the client and dev team is “one-team”● They feel empowered when:○ They know ‘why they are doing the project’○ They are ‘self-confident’ : can ‘ask questions’, ‘challengeassumptions’○ There is ‘trust’ within the team -- management team and clientbusiness managers included
  8. 8. EMPOWERED TEAMS● They feel empowered when :○ They have diversity of thought, of approach○ They seek and offer feedback without fear○ Their ‘collective measures of success’ have higher weightagethan individuals’ success○ Their success is measured in a balanced way -- client happiness,finances, process, learning
  9. 9. WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DO NOTHAVE EMPOWERED TEAMS?WHAT ARE THE RISKS?www.srijan.net
  10. 10. DISEMPOWERED TEAMS● Focus on ‘writing great software’ rather than ‘building the rightproduct’● Lack of early end-user feedback leads to project-waste○ features, lines of code -- which is not needed/used
  11. 11. DISEMPOWERED TEAMS● Are fearful of sharing challenges○ leads to crisis and project failures● Success is defined by ‘billing done’ as opposed to ‘business valuedelivered’ or ‘client success’● Project success is measured by “sign-offs received” and “billingdone” (all internal goals; customer focus is lost)
  12. 12. DISEMPOWERED TEAMS● Individual are appraised for success/failure, rather than teams● Lack flexibility and nimbleness to adapt to changing client/projectneeds
  13. 13. HIRING AN EMPOWERED TEAMWHAT DOES IT TAKE TO HIRE SUCH ATEAM?www.srijan.net
  14. 14. FINDING A “THOUGHT PARTNER”!● A team of consultants focussed on “project success”● An empowered team that:○ understands the vision of the project○ focusses on “success of the project”○ “embraces change” in business priorities during the course of theproject○ feels responsible for your project success
  15. 15. FINDING A “THOUGHT PARTNER”!● An engaged team that○ asks a lot of questions & challenges assumptions○ gives demos every 2 weeks○ shares their internal challenges transparently and honestly○ seeks active feedback for continuous improvement
  16. 16. HIRING AN EMPOWERED TEAM● Instead of inviting RFPs, choose your team first● And to choose:○ engage early; meet the team -- developers, managers, extendedmanagement○ share your project/business needs○ get into a ½ day workshop
  17. 17. HIRING AN EMPOWERED TEAM● And to choose:○ discover their strengths, weaknesses; the truth beneath the salespitch○ see if the ‘are asking smart questions’○ see if their developers are able to communicate well○ evaluate their pricing model○ speak to their customers
  18. 18. HOW DOES SRIJAN DELIVERBUSINESS VALUE?HOW ARE SRIJAN TEAM’S ORGANIZED?ARE THEY EMPOWERED?www.srijan.net
  19. 19. SRIJAN’S EMPOWERED TEAMS● Srijan is organized around teams -- Projects, HR, Finances, Admin --everything (we took Ricardo Semler too seriously)● We bring projects to teams
  20. 20. ABOUTSRIJANwww.srijan.net
  21. 21. ABOUT SRIJANConsulting, designing and engineeringproducts and solutions for online businessesfor over 10 yearsIndia’s largest Drupal companyOver 200 clients across US, Europe, Middle Eastand APAC across industriesAgile / SCRUM process maturityPreferred Acquia partnersAcquia certified Drupal engineers
  22. 22. MARQUEE CLIENTS
  23. 23. Contact usThank YouInterested in joining or knowing more about us? Feel free to reach out to us throughany of these channels. Happy to help!business@srijan.in www.srijan.netNEW DELHI NEW YORK GURGAON GOA DHARAMSHALAHeadquarter: 8A - Vandana Building, 11 Tolstoy Marg, New Delhi - 110001 INDIA
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