Scaling Agile/Scrum At An International Bank

Scaling agile practices across thousands of people around the globe is challenging on many dimensions, yet it can be done!

Besides the usual problems with timezones, languages, colocation and cultural friction, what are the key issues that make or break agile at scale?

The answers may surprise you, since they may not be obvious unless you have already been down this path before.  There is surprisingly little literature and precious little practical experience being shared from people who have successfully flipped large organizations to become more agile.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

My background - large telecom, large bank

What is an agile coach and why does it matter?

What does "agile at scale" really mean?

Hidden demons - Organizational Issues

Top Down or Bottom Up?

What Has Worked (Sucesses)

What Hasn't Worked So Well (Failures)

Lessons Learned

Rules Of Thumb

Metrics

Key Factors In Success - The Secret Sauce

Fini

Learning Outcome

At the end of this session you will know what are the most critical issues you need to attack first in order to have a chance at success.  I also cover some failure scenarios -- experience is a hard teacher.  By learning from my experiences you can avoid repeating mistakes, try to pattern off the successes and push other large organizations to new levels of agility.

Target Audience

Managers of all stripes, agile coaches, experienced scrum masters

schedule Submitted 4 years ago

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  • Vivek Vijayan
    By Vivek Vijayan  ~  4 years ago
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    Hi Tim, 

    Your background at large banks and telecoms is apt for the theme. It would be great if you can add to the process the way you would be discussing about the Agile scrum experience at the large bank as said in the title. The audiance would usually love to hear a case-study on how something went right or wrong and some information on that would be very helpful in the proposal. 

    • Tim Born
      By Tim Born  ~  4 years ago
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      Thanks for your suggestion Vivek.  I will add slides on things that went well, but probably more interesting are those failures, and what we have learned from them.  It's a delicate balancing act, however, to extract the lesson without embarrassing those involved.

      -tim

  • Karthik Sirasanagandla
    By Karthik Sirasanagandla  ~  4 years ago
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    Hi Tim, your talk proposal is indeed an interesting one. Have you talked about it earlier in any conference/meetup? If so, do you mind sharing linkes to the same.

    And, I believe it would be good if you can share some of your metrics for successful scaling of Agile in a large org.

    Thanks, Karthik.

    • Tim Born
      By Tim Born  ~  4 years ago
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      This is original work, never presented anywhere before.  I have been too busy doing to write about my experiences, but it's time to change that.

      Thank you for your suggestion Karthik.  I will see what I can add in the way of metrics, especially things of interest at scale.

      -tim


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