StickyMinds has a good public article available right now called Traditional – with a Twist: 7 Simple Ways to Add a Little Agile without Going to Extremes by Peter Schuh. Here’s the intr
“Are you in the midst of a traditional development project that cannot take a leap toward Agile, but you know could benefit from being nudged in that direction? Does your project have stakeholders or management who are willing to discuss the merits of Agile development but won’t give you the time to investigate an Agile methodology, much less switch to it? Are you a project manager or team lead who has read or heard a bit about Agile development and wants to experiment with it but are, yourself, too skeptical to make a large upfront investment?”
It’s a good read on basic agile practices that you can do on any project without needing management permission (except for the one about the user). It’s a good list to get started with.