Aligning at Scale

May 25, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
There are at least 3 ways to align at scale:
  1. Use a framework as a guide
  2. Have teams organically organize around value from the bottom up
  3. Align around the purpose of the organization by focusing directly on the goal of achieving business agility – the quick realization of value predictably, sustainably & with high quality
 
The only companies that don’t have alignment issues are those with a clear purpose that people align around. When one thinks about it, that is virtually the only thing on which you can align. People can be at a company for any number of reasons, but if they aren't working in alignment with the purpose of the company they shouldn't be there. It really is as simple as that.
 
At Net Objectives we believe aligning around the purpose of the organization is key. Here’s how to achieve this:
  1. Define what represents value for the business & its customers
  2. Create strategic initiatives based on these
  3. Craft Minimum Business Increments (MBIs) based on these initiatives
  4. Sequence these MBIs based on cost of delay
  5. Organize the technology group around the initiatives
  6. Allocate the capacity of the organization to the most important MBIs 
  7. Use Acceptance Test-Driven Development/BDD to decompose these MBIs into features & stories
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About the author | Al Shalloway

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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