Addressing Growing Pains - Scaling Culture when Scaling Agile

Having substantial experience working with larger agile programs in the Federal government, it has been challenging at times to support an agile culture when scaling across multiple teams. Having several teams means agile practices often have to change slightly from team level practices, which sometimes mean the team practices have to change or shift focus to fit within the larger enterprise. There is a need for teams to maintain their own style and approach while sharing common language and some processes and understandings across several teams.

In this talk, I will cover how teams have successfully developed and maintained individual identities and culture while working within a larger group of teams and the shared culture that comes from that environment. This talk will examine how I have used team kickoff training, such as SAFe for Teams, and early coaching opportunities to create the shared thoughts and behaviors to build an agile culture.

If you are a scrum master working across teams, or a leader trying to scale your agile adoption to multiple teams, I will provide practical tips for developing not just team culture, but larger scaled culture.

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Outline/Structure of the Talk


1 Explain how culture changes as you move from team level to enterprise level - 5 minutes

2 Identify challenges faced when adding more teams to existing agile culture and how that can impact culture - 10 minutes

3 Describe experiences and techniques used to successfully build a shared culture while enabling teams to have individual differences and approaches - 15 minutes

4 Summary of key shared culture attributes that must be established - 10 minutes

5 Questions - 5 minutes

Learning Outcome

Identify challenges of scaling culture when you have multiple teams

Explain techniques for creating shared culture, such as SAFe for Teams training across entire release train.

Summarize key additions to commonly used team formation approaches when scaling across teams.

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Coaches, Managers, and those facing challenges with Scaling Agile

Prerequisites for Attendees

Have a basic understanding of scaling agile across teams

schedule Submitted 2 years ago

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  2 years ago
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    Hi, Beth,

    The description is the place to let attendees know that this fits their situation and tell them what they'll gain from the session in a way that's convincing to them. The outline/structure is the place to let the reviewers know how you'll approach the topic and how you'll fulfill the promises of the description. While there are bits in here that intrigue me, I can't review your proposal based on what I imagine it might be. You need to be a bit clearer in both description and outline/structure so I can review your proposal on what YOU imagine it will be.

     - George

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