So why do an assessment anyway?
Let’s consider some of the reasons you might be doing an assessment with a team or an organization:
- Baseline the current level agile adoption. Eventually, you may think about measuring progress, but take the time to baseline your abilities right from the start.
- See how you’re tracking against your adoption or transformation goals. Help sustain and grow your support.
- Determine if you’re ready to move to the next level of practice or adoption. Be honest, critical and brave!
- Recognize what has been mastered and what you are able to do with the new skill or capability. Change is tough so remember to celebrate your wins.
- Identify the next things you’re going to work on. Help the team narrow or target their focus.
- Set the context for organizational change. Use the assessment instrument as a change management tool.
- Make or support the case for needed coaching or training. Outside help can propel your progress.
3 General or SAFe specific assessments that cover the entire organization:
- Team Assessments –
- Team dynamics
- Technical Practices
- Business Value delivery
- Agile Processes
- Program Level – Collection of Teams – Release Train Level
- Release Planning
- Impediment management
- Release Management
- Portfolio Level – Business Strategy Level
- Lean Agile Budgeting
- Product Visioning
- Continuous Improvement of Business delivered
- Portfolio Metrics