Peaks or Valleys? The power of Scaling Agility in the alphabet soup of Government agencies

schedule Sep 23rd 03:15 - 04:00 PM place Room 6 people 7 Interested

Do you feel like Agile Scaling has become a goal rather than the means to an end for your organization? To determine where you stand on the Scaling spectrum, ask yourself a few soul-searching questions: Why do we need to scale? Is this the right time for us to scale? If you’ve checked these boxes, you may wonder “where do I go from here?”

This talk will focus on 3 areas that emerged as common themes throughout my experience working on government Agile Scaling projects and ultimately influenced the trajectory of each agency's scaling journey:

  • Communicate vision consistently
  • Focus on your people genuinely
  • Create your own path intentionally

I've seen successes and some struggles with Agile Scaling efforts in government agencies. Regardless of the agency acronym or the frameworks used, these key elements shaped their scaling outcomes.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Experience Report

Structure/Outline

Session Opening (5 mins)

    • Introduction
    • Warm up prompt
    • Overview of Agile Scaling experience in government and teams involved
    • Learning Objectives and structure of talk

Element 1: Communicate Vision consistently (10 mins)

    • Concept Overview
    • Anti-pattern examples:
      • Scenario: No vision communicated at all
        • Provide Context
        • Discuss Outcome
        • Share Learning
      • Scenario: No consistent understanding of project purpose
        • Provide context
        • Discuss Outcome
        • Share Learning
    • Applied example:
      • Product vision statement used to communicate vision
        • Provide context – what was done, templates used, techniques
        • Discuss Outcome
        • Share Learning
    • Facilitate small group discussions about product vision

Element 2: Focus on your People (10 mins)

    • Concept Overview
    • Anti-pattern examples:
      • Scenario: Command and control within scaled Agile environment,
        • Provide context
        • Discuss Outcome
        • Share Learning
      • Scenario: No inter-team communication
        • Provide Context
        • Discuss Outcome
        • Share Learning
    • Applied example:
      • Team level decision making influenced all aspects of how they worked
        • Provide Context – what was done, templates used, techniques
        • Discuss Outcome
        • Share Learning
    • Conduct attendee perspective poll on teams in scaled projects

Element 3: Create your own path (10 mins)

    • Concept Overview
    • Anti-pattern examples:
      • Scenario: Very prescriptive framework used with no deviations
        • Provide Context
        • Discuss Outcome
        • Share Learning
      • Scenario: Not as prescriptive framework but still some requirements
        • Provide Context
        • Discuss Outcome
        • Share Learning
    • Applied example:
      • Light weight, no existing framework applied, based on Scrum
        • Provide Context – what was done, templates used, techniques
        • Discuss Outcome
        • Share Learning

Wrap Up / Q&A (10 mins)

  • Final thoughts
  • Call to Action
  • Q&A

Learning Outcome

  • Recognize the 3 elements that impact the ability to scale agility effectively for any organization
  • Identify anti-patterns that can hinder agile scaling
  • Identify ways to implement these elements when scaling agility in government

Target Audience

Anyone interested in Agile Scaling and how to improve their results.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Attendees should have some basic Agile knowledge

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