Scaling Agile at Organization level : Lean and Agile Love story

Typical Agile journey of big organizations starts with experimenting with Agile with some initial agile readiness assessment and piloting with one or very small number and simple projects. And based on pilot project experience slowly taking it to other larger projects or across organization over a period of time. This initial pilot projects are typically small enough and get more than enough and ideal support as part of experimentation. E.g. dedicated team, different environment availability etc. But when organization starts scaling Agile all issues related to organization structure, portfolio management, Infrastructure availability etc. become major impediments since all these other areas or processes or not aligned to Agile way of thinking. Due to this many organizations limit their scope of agile adoption to simple projects with not much dependencies. In such cases organization really miss the benefit of true agile adoption by taking it to strategic level.

One way of avoiding this problem is assessing the not just the software projects delivery for agile readiness but also look at all supporting processes/departments like Infrastructure, release management, Portfolio management, vendor management etc. during initial assessment for their agile readiness. We have used unique approach of combining Agile & Lean together for assessing entire Software Development lifecycle. Agile readiness was used for project execution lifecycle and Lean assessment for all supporting processes including portfolio management. This combined assessment clearly helped identifying not just the project specific risks for agile adoption at project level but more significantly also all other potential risks for scaling Agile. This combined approach then helped to define clear actionable items at project level and also at the organization level and provide roadmap which can help organization to implement agile at strategic level.

In this presentation we will discuss this combined approach and how we can help organization to scaling agile right from beginning and significantly increasing chances of organization wide Agile adoption in short time.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Challenges for scaling agile
  • Discuss the approach of combined Lean and Agile assessment of IT organization
  • Case study observation and benefits observed with combined approach

Learning Outcome

  • Typical challenges scaling agile
  • How we can identify the major impediments for scaling agile from the beginning of Agile transformation journey
  • How to prepare organization for scaling agile faster

Target Audience

Organization interested in enterprise wide Agie Transformation

schedule Submitted 3 years ago

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  • Ellen Grove
    By Ellen Grove  ~  3 years ago
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    Hi Hemant

    I'm  intrigued by your statement that this "happened by coincidence" - I think that a common experience for many orgs, and there's a lot of enthusiasm for hearing about how things happened and what we figured out from it.  Would you consider presenting this story as a shorter experience report (20 min)?  The experience reports will be accompanied by a 2-3 page written report which would allow you to tell the story in greater detail.

    Also, I was wondering if you could record a 30s elevator-pitch on video for your talk so that I can get to know you as a presenter?  This would help the review team make a fuller assessment.

    Thanks!

    Ellen

    • Ellen Grove
      By Ellen Grove  ~  3 years ago
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      Hi Hemant - I think there is great demand for experience reports and case studies.  Can you provide a little bit more information about the specific challenges/risks that were encountered in this case?  Also, I realize that you are still preparing the slides for this presentation, but in the meantime might you provide some links to any other presentations you've done so that I can get a sense of what you are like as a presenter?

       

      Ellen

      • Hemant Gokhale
        By Hemant Gokhale  ~  3 years ago
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        Hi Ellen,

        I have uploaded one sample presentation for your reference. The case study which I will discuss is about combining Lean and Agile assessment together so that we can identify possible challenges not just for initial agile adpation but also bigger challenges for scaling Agile and provide more holistic Agile transformation roadmap covering project development lifecyle and also implementing lean for all supporting areas. The major challenge we faced is we have not started doing this combined assessment as design and but happened by coicidence. So initially it was challenging for some of the respondants initially. But it turned out to be a good match.

    • Sonik Chopra
      By Sonik Chopra  ~  3 years ago
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      Hi Hemant

      Thanks for posting this. Do you have some slides or equivalent available? and have you presented on same before?

       

      • Hemant Gokhale
        By Hemant Gokhale  ~  3 years ago
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        Hi Sonik,

        Thanks. We have not presented it before outside our internal group. It is from our experience with one engagement we carried out. Still to work on slide deck.

         

         

        • Karthik Sirasanagandla
          By Karthik Sirasanagandla  ~  3 years ago
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          Hi Hemant and Vinayak, It's good to know that you've shared your experience to the internal group. Do you mind uploading the presentation and sharing the link to the same? Thanks. --Karthik

          • Hemant Gokhale
            By Hemant Gokhale  ~  3 years ago
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            Hi Karthik, Sorry. Could not spare time this week on sanitizing and uploading deck on slideshare. But included the agenda of the presentation. Hope that helps. Happy to share if any additional details are required,

    • Nitin Ramrakhyani
      By Nitin Ramrakhyani  ~  3 years ago
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      Hemant,

      Don't you think that this is a better/direct fit for the Scaling Agile adoption theme? We have that stage just for that, with the right audience that would come to find ways to scale up their agility.

      Thanks,

      Nitin

      • Hemant Gokhale
        By Hemant Gokhale  ~  3 years ago
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        Agree Nitin. Changed the section. Thanks.

    • Ram Srinivasan
      By Ram Srinivasan  ~  3 years ago
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      Hi Hemant and Vinayak,

      Thanks for submitting your proposal. Scaling is a huge topic, how are you going to cover it in 20 minutes? My fear is that audience will be more confused with partial/very little information. How do you plan to address it?

      Thanks,
      Ram

      • Hemant Gokhale
        By Hemant Gokhale  ~  3 years ago
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        Missed time part while submitting it at last moment. Thanks. I have updated the timing section