Implementing agile at scale is contextually different when compared to Agile at team level. In this session, I intend to delve into pre-requisites or underlying conditions needed for scaling - immaterial of the scaling methodology adopted. As they say, agile practices are not fractal, the principles are.

This session is based on the scaling experiences I have had as a practitioner and a coach in Product Development and Enterprise Application development set-ups in Utilities, Building Technologies, Enterprise security and Automotive domains.

Session will start with the context of Agile @ scale. Complexity in factors like platform, integration needs, domain complexity, departmental interactions all multiply manifold.

There are typical constraints which come into play when we scale. The typical patterns are:

- High degree of departmentalisation

The team for large programs is typically composed with people from the line department plus those from horizontal departments (like DB,testing, technology centers of excellence, tools, Configuration Management) etc., While such a composition (with people from horizontals) is to be generally expected in a large program, things may become a challenge if the team is largely staffed by those from support services. More so, if the departmental goals do not align with team goals & departmental processes do not align with agile team's processes.

Typical patterns seen are, code promotion policies can vary as per technology, departmental focus on specialization versus multi-skilling needs of agile teams, frequent shuffling of staff from horizontal teams, horizontals using ticket based systems (also are SLA based) to address requests.

- Inflexibility of existing development processes

Typical impediment seen is that milestone definition, project tracking metrics are waterfall based and largely rigid. This will affect project tracking and funding for large agile programs.

- Harmonization of technical infrastructure

Large programs are typically developed out of multiple locations. This requires that facilities to integrate the systems are in place. Typical challenges are seen where test set-ups do not communicate accross locations or there is a network or a tool limitation to access the set-up at remote locations.

It would pertinent to note that many of these factors also discussed in the context of Enterprise transformation as well.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Three parts to the session:

1. Describing the Context (3 minutes)

2. Presenting the underlying conditions needed for scaling (14 minutes)

3. Questions and Discussion (3 minutes)

 

Learning Outcome

The audience will be able to appreciate what the congenial conditions required for scaling. 

Target Audience

project Managers, Program Managers, Senior Management, Agile Coaches

schedule Submitted 3 years ago

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  • Tathagat Varma
    By Tathagat Varma  ~  3 years ago
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    Do you have any real-world examples or personal case studies to cover in this session?

    -TV

    • Tathagat Varma
      By Tathagat Varma  ~  3 years ago
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      In addition to my earlier question, can you convert this into a 20min experience report that talks of data points and insights from your real-life experiences? If yes, please update the proposal accordingly so that the review panel could take a call.

      -TV

      • S R V Subrahmaniam
        By S R V Subrahmaniam  ~  3 years ago
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        Hi,

        I have Updated the synopsis to say that this session will cover my experiences in scaling agile. 

        thanks

         

        • Naresh Jain
          By Naresh Jain  ~  2 years ago
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          Hi SRV, I see the proposal is still 45 mins talk. Can you please convert this into a 20 mins experience report? If yes, please update the proposal accordingly. Also update the proposal to highlight the 3 key areas that you will focus on in your presentation.

          Also we need the video of you presenting for us to understand your on stage presentation skills. You can take a quick 5 mins video and upload it.

          • S R V Subrahmaniam
            By S R V Subrahmaniam  ~  2 years ago
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            Synopsis updated with content and converted into a 20 min experience report.

            Video content to be updated shortly.

            • Naresh Jain
              By Naresh Jain  ~  2 years ago
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              Thanks Subbu. We are waiting for the video, before we can select this proposal. So please share the link to the video ASAP.

              • S R V Subrahmaniam
                By S R V Subrahmaniam  ~  2 years ago
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                Here goes the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS18R-WkIS8

                 

      • S R V Subrahmaniam
        By S R V Subrahmaniam  ~  3 years ago
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        Hi

        My presentation is from my experience from two contexts - one from where I worked earlier and one place where I currently consult. There are difficulties (i.e non referencible clients as per NDA) quoting a full case study from both these contexts. However I can indicate patterns which I have observed under each of the heads like departmentalization, process flexibility, collaborative tool usage etc., This way I would be compliant and at the same time pick the right patters which better explain the constraints.

        This was what I had originally intended to.

        Thanks

        • Tathagat Varma
          By Tathagat Varma  ~  3 years ago
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          So, can you share a strawman deck of what you propose to talk about - based on including the patterns that you refer to (surely, without breaching any client NDAs). Also, can yo compress it into a 20min experience report? Based on that, we would like to review and take the final call. Please confirm accordingly, and also update the proposal accordingly.

          -TV

  • Jerry Rajamoney
    By Jerry Rajamoney  ~  3 years ago
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    Hi SRV,

    Please provide more data points to support your learning outcome.

    Thanks,

    • S R V Subrahmaniam
      By S R V Subrahmaniam  ~  3 years ago
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      Hi Jerry,

      what is the kind of data points are you looking at? Basically what I am trying to highlight is the qualitative barriers. These barriers appear as patterns and manifest themselves in organizations.  

      Thanks

      Subbu

       

       

    • S R V Subrahmaniam
      By S R V Subrahmaniam  ~  3 years ago
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      Hi,

      I have Updated the synopsis to say that this session will cover my experiences in scaling agile. 

      thanks