Efficiency, team flexibility, collaboration with customers: the agile method has many advantages and is becoming more and more popular within companies. However, a change in methodology can also raise challenges: adopting a new culture, a new tool to support and implement agile, getting “agile” teams and “waterfall” teams to work together.
At One2Team, everyone uses the Platform to Deliver Work & Projects, particularly the IT and Product teams, who work in agile mode.
Henri Gaudeaux, developer and One2Team Scrum Master, and Yoann Beautier, Product owner of our Product team, share their testimony about their agile work and the role of the One2Team platform to support and facilitate their agility.
Henri has been working at One2Team for 3 years in the Jedi team. He is a developer and is also a Scrum Master. His team is in charge of the application part of the platform: development of new features of the roadmap, bug fixes, implementation of customer requests.
Yoann has been part of the One2Team product team for a year, as a product owner. He works with the Jedis on the continuous improvement and the new features of the platform.
Since when has your team been working in agile mode?
Yoann: Since long before I arrived!
Henri: When I arrived 3 years ago, the team was already in agile mode for a long time. A developer-product manager duo has considerably advanced the agility of our team. Over the years, they pushed the Scrum method, developed our rituals, etc.
What is the “agile” mode for you? What do you like about this methodology?
H: The team works in Sprints: we do continuous improvement, every week we plan the sprint, we prioritize the subjects according to the roadmap of the quarter. We know what everyone in the team is working on. What I like is that thanks to our experience, we have a good ability to predict our sprints. It’s rare that we don’t reach our goals. There is also good communication and a lot of mutual support in the team. Thanks to the daily stand-up, the entire R&D team can exchange ideas, always to unblock issues and move forward together.
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Y: We work with the Scrum and Kanban methods. For this, there are different rituals: a daily, weekly, and quarterly ceremony. The idea is to improve continuously, rather than working in a waterfall way. Personally, I’ve never known anything else. Like most young people, I haven’t really experienced the transition from the work methods used before to the agile method. But I like working in a mode that continuously adapts to changing priorities and field realities. It gives us a better ability to adapt to a constantly changing world.
How do you use the One2Team platform to work in agile mode?
H: We use our Kanban, which is in One2Team on a slideboard, to plan and track tasks (“to do”, “in progress”, etc.). Our entire quality process also goes through this workflow (“Development”, “Code review”, “Showcase”, “Quality assurance”). During our daily stand-ups, we review the tasks in the dedicated board of the platform. In short: we are in One2Team all the time!
Y: The team uses One2Team on a daily basis for the end-to-end monitoring of our developments. The IT PPM solution allows us to manage all levels of hierarchy of the different projects in progress. Documents and discussions are centralized, which gives us optimal visibility and allows us to quickly identify and address priority issues. All the content of our sprints is in One2team and is used both during meetings for its visual aspect and to work individually or in collaboration. We mainly use slideboards which are ideal for KANBAN: the development stages are easy to follow in them.
Personally, I also use a lot the One2Team homepage which allows me to create shortcuts to my favorite boards and elements.
Have you ever used other tools to manage agile projects? What benefits does the One2Team platform bring in comparison?
Y: Some, yes, and I think that in comparison, the strengths of One2Team are the visibility, collaboration, and centralization that the platform offers to its users. Our pre-built and modular solutions are customizable: it is always possible to access one’s needs with a small package.
H: Yes, for personal projects. I’ve used simple tools and it works well on a small scale. But on a project scale, it becomes complex. As soon as there are more projects, more contributors involved, it is better to have a more developed tool, like One2Team. The platform allows you to follow all the projects, the roadmap, the yearly planning. All on one platform, integrating with third-party tools if needed, which makes our life easier. Our Kanban slideboard is particularly useful for us, we find the Scrum methodology with Epics, user stories, and tasks directly on One2Team and it works very well. Epics, project progress, and possible delays are easily visible.
“After more than 20 years of managing an IT team, I would say that the benefits of the agile method are the permanent alignment and readjustment of the delivery on the strategy and value delivery, the non-dispersion of the teams’ focus on value, the autonomy and empowerment of the teams and finally the continuous improvement of the working methods, and efficiency over time.
At One2Team, our platform particularly helps us in this agility, because it allows a natural declination of strategic objectives into operational plans and allows a precise reality-based follow-up at all levels.”
How do you interact with other One2Team teams that do not necessarily follow the agile methodology?
H: Our team works a lot with the support team, the consultants, and the Customer Success team, who do not follow the same methodology. But the One2Team platform allows us to work together. For example, if a customer has a bug, the support team creates a task on One2Team with the relevant information to fix it. The support team distributes this task to one of the developers who can take over from the task created in One2Team. We can easily work in hybrid mode with different methodologies between teams.
A final word?