“Delta and Northwest announced their merger in April 2008. They immediately began planning for what turned out to be an 18-month sprint to integrate 1,200 systems across the two airlines — everything from customer loyalty programs to aircraft operations, all without interrupting service. Managers built this master guide to break down when these systems would need to start working together. Each note represents a project that could involve thousands of tasks.”
Two things to note here regarding this wallboard:
- 18-Month Sprint – Really? Is that Agile? – I know that Delta/Northwest and the people working on this project wanted this project to be “Agile.” I’m seeing now… that it may be a different flavor of Agile…
- Managers built this – Need I say more?
“Ms. Wise, who has a doctorate in applied mathematics, devised a low-tech solution: she set up a timeline of the steps that had to be performed by pinning colored Post-it notes on the wall of a conference room.”
So… maybe it wasn’t an Agilist who built it. Would love to have anyone who knows how this is going comment. What a giant undertaking!!!