Why one size doesnt fit all? - Selecting scaling framework.

schedule Mar 8th 04:45 PM - 05:30 PM place Mysore Hall 2 people 18 Interested

Why one size doesnt fit all?  - Selecting scaling framework.

This session will focus on what are the aspects organizations should consider when they want to scale agile implementation in organization.  There are several frameworks out there like SAFe, LeSS, Spotify, and so on. what is it that organization is trying to achieve and how a systematic approach of scaled agile implementation can help the organization.

Attendees will be able to understand what aspects should be considered before organization decides to scale agile.  How to scale agile and when to do it largely depends on what organization is trying to achieve. Each organization is operating it in different way so there is no defined formula or framework that will work for all. But guidelines from this session will help the members to identify their needs and then take further action.  These guidelines can help the organization to successfully scale agile irrespective of which framework is selected.

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Outline/structure of the Session

Areas covered in this session are:

  • what are the driving principles while scaling agile
  • Where to start
  • Which Framework should I select?
  • Organizational changes
  • Role of managers?
  • Scaling communication
  • Scaling engineering practices
  • Scaling Product Management role
  • Roll out plan
  • Implement the plan
  • Grow and evolve
  • Set the expectations for the session, what does scaling agile? Poll the audience
  • Define the driving principles when organizations decide to scale agile. Keep scaling process itself simple, iterative and incremental.
  • Questions that org should answer before starting to scale agile - tools, frameworks, readiness, more importantly org needs
  • Briefly introduce scaling frameworks and their main differentiating points.
  • Changes needed at org level - structures, role of managers, other roles
  • What all needs to be scaled - communication, engineering practices, some roles like po,
  • How to roll out the scaling plan, implement it and sustain it
  • To grow and evolve - organizations can continue this journey. It is never ending process. Achieve mastery based on available information  and then evolve, continuous improvement

Learning Outcome

  • Attendees will be able to understand what aspects should be considered before organization decides to scale agile.  
  • How to scale agile and when to do it largely depends on what organization is trying to achieve.
  • Each organization is operating it in different way so there is no defined formula or framework that will work for all. But guidelines from this session will help the members to identify their needs and then take further action.

Target Audience

PMO, Program managers, Project managers, scrum masters, Function/BU Leaders

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  • Vivek Ganesan
    By Vivek Ganesan  ~  2 years ago
    reply Reply

    Thanks for the submission, Nilesh!

    Please add slides (even from past presentations) or video (even a 2 mins trailer of your session recorded on your phone) before we’ll consider this proposal.

    • Nilesh Kulkarni
      By Nilesh Kulkarni  ~  2 years ago
      reply Reply

      Hi Vivek,


      Thank you for your feedback. I have added slides and video link. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      • Ashay Saxena
        By Ashay Saxena  ~  2 years ago
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        Hi Nilesh,


        Request you to update the proposal based on reviewer comments received so far. I see that you have updated the slides and video; it would be great if you could re-visit the write-up and update accordingly.




        • Nilesh Kulkarni
          By Nilesh Kulkarni  ~  1 year ago
          reply Reply
          Yes, I am working on it.
  • Ashay Saxena
    By Ashay Saxena  ~  2 years ago
    reply Reply

    Hi Nilesh,


    Interesting proposal! Couple of clarifications:


    (1) You may want to focus more on the 'building blocks towards scaling agile' , rather than providing insights on the choice between multitude of scaling frameworks. In the present form, it is difficult to comprehend how you will compare (and contrast!) among these frameworks. Although there is a mention in the outline of the session, a bit more detail in this regard would be reassuring.


    (2) You may want to make it clear that this is not a marketing pitch for any of these frameworks. One apprehension that I have is audience would be inclined to check during the presentation - 'Which framework suits the best in "their" scenario?" How would you like to tackle that question? Your thoughts on the point (1) would provide some indicators towards this comment.




    • Nilesh Kulkarni
      By Nilesh Kulkarni  ~  2 years ago
      reply Reply

      Hi Ashay,


      Thank you for your feedback.


      My  focus will be more on what are the factors before selecting framework? is there a need to select one framework? what are the objectives? is it a sevice company, product company? what is objective? can we select best out of all frameworks etc. I will not be spending much time explaining the frameworks.

      Also you said it right. it is not a marketing discussion. I am not going to recommend any framework. That goes in line with subject of this presentation because even if I select one, it will not fit all the companies in all the domain in all situations. so one size does not fit all. that is the key message.

      • Prasad
        By Prasad  ~  2 years ago
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        thanks for further inputs.. most of the participants knows one size does not fit all..  only with this key message you cant excite our community learners.  Need to be more practical with numbers, metrics, and real anecdotes. Also it makes sense .. pit falls of scaling.. why not to opt to scale.. 


  • Rahul Ganjoo
    By Rahul Ganjoo  ~  2 years ago
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    The content seems to cover everything from initial considerations to choice of frameworks to implementation/rollout. I think this may prevent you from going deep enough given time constraints. A lot of the items covered in the description bullets could be sessions in themselves. However, personally feel coming up with a strong POV on what kinds of business models/org charts etc are suited to what kinds of frameworks/approaches could be an interesting session in itself. Would honing this further to tackle that at depth be of interest to you? I feel that would be a lot more interesting and insightful than, say, discussion around roles or communication as those are generally well covered. Thoughts?

    • Nilesh Kulkarni
      By Nilesh Kulkarni  ~  2 years ago
      reply Reply


      Thank you Rahul for your feedback. I am very open to replacing some content which is well covered or popular and then replace it with comparison of business models and scaling frameworks.

      My thought process for this proposal was for a beginner type of audience, giving them some food for thought on objectives of scaling agile, parameters for selecting a framework or best of each framework would help them to do their own homework later on.

      This will give some high level guidelines and approach while scaling agile will help them to create a strategy and they can do in depth analysis of what will work for each of the organization.

      If we try to show in depth analysis of which model works for which organization, it will be like selling a model to some type of organizations. This is more like a push system. In an true agile spirit, if we provide all options and logic and allow each organization to go in deep, and pull what they want to take away from this session, it would be more appropriate than enforcing my own idea of what works well for them.


      I am looking forward to further inputs.

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