Agile at Scale & the Different Approaches to Achieve It. Part 1

April 3, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Scaling Agile can mean 3 things:

  1. Take an Agile approach, such as Scrum across the org while still having small projects
  2. Increase the # of ppl on a project in an attempt to finished them faster
  3. Make already large projects Agile

All 3 of these require:

  1. Focus on delivering value incrementally
  2. A way to define and prioritize work across the organization.
  3. Make all work visible so people can collaborate
  4. Manage WIP based on maximizing value realized over time
  5. Have teams coordinate w/ each other
  6. Take a systems-thinking point of view

There are 3 approaches to manifest these:

  1. Define an holistic framework that provides a container for all work, predefine these components & use a large batch model for coordination &cadence (SAFe)
  2. Get teams working well & then provide them w/a way to self-coordinate around the work from the bottom up (LeSS/Nexus)
  3. Define an operating model that creates a high view while enabling teams to self-organize. Doesn’t predefine the components but let’s them be defined in the context of the whole (FLEX)

Which to use? I'd suggest basing it on the mindset from which each spring. Next post

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Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.



        

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