We’re Agile and It Is Chaos, Now What? (Live Webinar)

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Are you using Agile/Scrum? Are you experiencing these problems?

  • Sprints are overcommitted
  • User stories are too ambiguous to implement
  • The team can't keep up with the changes
  • There is no end in sight for the project

Software development teams move to Agile (Scrum) to get early customer feedback and deliver features incrementally. Adopting Agile can work out, but many teams end up in chaos and stay there. What is going on, and what can be done?

This four-hour webinar will cover the reasons your team arrived at this point, and specific actions that can be taken to improve performance while maintaining agility.

"As someone who is new to the Agile framework I really appreciated the excellent examples (the good, better, best) included in the presentation/handout." Cindy Jacobsen, IT company, Dallas.

Webinar Topics


  • A very short summary of Agile/Scrum
  • Typical challenges teams face
  • Why do teams get into chaos?
  • Audience poll – causes of chaos
  • What does it mean to be Agile without all of the buzz words?
  • A critical look at the Agile Manifesto and Principles
  • Q&A


  • A good backlog and a typical backlog
  • Typical challenges: Messy, incomplete and ambiguous backlogs
  • What else is missing in a backlog and how to fix it
  • Q&A

Break (15 mins)

Release and Sprint Planning

  • Scrum planning practices
  • Typical challenges: Too much scope per sprint, surprises, and no end in sight
  • What is missing in planning and how to fix it
  • Q&A


  • Typical practices within a sprint
  • Typical challenges: Defining "done," necessary non-coding tasks, and pushing work to the next sprint
  • Dealing with ugly release and sprint burndown data
  • Are you using retrospective data?

Getting Beyond Agile

  • Where to add practices and maintain Agile
  • Dealing with fixed-price contracts (as a vendor and with suppliers)
  • Hybrid Life cycles – must you be Agile everywhere?
  • Where did your pre-agile practices go to?

Final Q&A (30 mins) of your pre-submitted questions

"Discussions focused on the pitfalls and risks with adopting Agile practices. The recommendations and alternatives to make the transition smoother and more transparent were very doable and allowed the flexibility to tailor to individual environments." Susan Hasan, IT company, Dallas.

About the instructor

Neil Potter is co-founder of The Process Group, a company formed in 1990 that consults on Agile/Scrum, requirements, leadership, software engineering, process improvement, CMMI, and project management.

He has 32 years of experience in software and process engineering. Neil is a Certified Scrum Master, CMMI-Institute certified lead appraiser for SCAMPI appraisals, CMMI instructor (development and services) and Six Sigma Greenbelt. He has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Essex (UK) and is the co-author of Making Process Improvement Work - A Concise Action Guide for Software Managers and Practitioners, and Making Process Improvement Work for Service Organizations, Addison-Wesley.

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