General Proposition on How we Need to Teach Agile from the Team to Scale

May 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

These comments apply to all approaches, but I'll use Scrum & SAFe as examples.

To best learn how to do Agile, we should focus on what needs to be done first. Then we can see how a framework helps us.

At the team level, this means "how do we do Agile analysis, design, code & test?" We know how to do this. No framework is needed to teach this & is possible to teach this in 2 days of a teams time with integrated workshop/coaching. Once this is known, how to use Scrum to support the work is pretty clear. Standups to pivot, retros to learn, time-boxing for focus, ...

At scale, we need to collaborate & get agreement on both what's important & how we need to work together. Value Realization Management (VRM - playing with a new term :) ) is what's needed (regardless of what you call it). What are you wanting to invest it, what are your strategies & initiatives, create MVPs/MBIs to build, give it to your teams to build, focusing on value realization.

The Program Increment Planning event is a great tool for supporting this. By focusing on what to do, the frameworks that support that are more easily adopted.

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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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