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What Is Agile at Scale and the Different Approaches to Achieve It

April 12, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I am doing a webinar on Agile at Scale this Tuesday at 9am pacific. Thought I'd write out some of the ideas a couple of times a day.

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Where and Why Scrum/APM is necessary

April 11, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Scrum/APM (Agile Product Management) is our operating model that contains Scrum.

We have been evolving our own version of Scrum for over a decade going through different incarnations over time. The motivation was the ubiquitous nature of a few challenges almost all teams new to Scrum have after a Scrum Master training. These include:

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Complexity Principles Patterns and Predictability

April 11, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

We can't make accurate predictions as to what'll happen in our change efforts in complex systems. But principles (such as managing WIP) reasonably apply throughout the system.

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Look to see the best way to get started

April 11, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I don't believe in a one-size fits all. This is one reason we embed frameworks like Scrum and SAFe into a Lean-Agile Operating model when our clients want to use them. Our operating model creates a well defined start at either what Scrum and SAFe prescribe or enabling tailoring to the company a needed. The end states to achieve can also be different- again, according to what the clients need.

Using an operating model is critical for two reasons:

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What do you look at to decide if there's an improvement?

April 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I am one of the few Agile thought leaders (if it's not too presumptive to call myself that) who have not signed the Agile manifesto. Don't get me wrong, I've always thought the manifesto was great but I never signed it because it left out something I thought totally critical - systems-thinking.

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