location_city Bengaluru schedule Mar 26th 10:30 - 11:30 AM IST place Esquire Hall

Organizations invest energy, effort and real dollars to stay in trend. Here's one of the trend: Agile is no longer a buzz word, Scaling Agile is. Terms like Enterprise Agile, Scaled Agile, SAFe, LESS, DAD, Agility Path are conveniently thrown around in meetings and speeches as organizations line up to get on the bandwagon of 'Scaling Agile'. Scaling Agile - from the team and product level to the organizational level has it's own benefits and challenges. Is scaling Agile right for you? Are you ready for it? If you've been thinking of scaling, you might be in luck. In this session, we will discuss grounds up approach of how to analyze and evaluate if an organization (or a business unit) is ready for scaling Agile. You'll create your own set of evaluation criteria specific to your organization's situation and learn steps your organization can take to be more prepared for scaling Agile and reap organization-wide benefits. The focus will remain on your context and not on promoting any particular scaling framework.

        "Scaling. Its about the context not the process." - Jeff Sutherland

PS: This will be a no slides, hands-on workshop. Be prepared to actively participate throughout the session.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

- Introduction of the topic: 4 min

- Analysis of Scaling Factors Part I: 10 min

Here are quick highlights of the factors around which the coversation will revolve. With these points, audience will, based on their situation and context, create their own Scaling evaluation:

1- Why Scale (the vision, goals and challenges faced specific to their organization)

2- Organizational Structure [Hirerchical v/s Flat organizational structure, Collaboration/Silos between departments/teams, Range/Number of teams working on large programs]

3- Organizational Culture [Strategic Decision making mechanism/Politics, Culture of oragnic adoption of bright ideas v/s Process Police trying to impose (Buddhism - Catholicism), Transparency of communication, Be Innovative v/s Seek Approvals]

4- Management Agility [Centralized v/s De-centralized decision making - funding, hiring, process adoption, Portfolio mangement approach]

5- Automation [Engineering Practices - CI, CD, Unit testing, build and deployment, reporting]

6- Quality [Customer interaction, why the developers type in bugs, waste, why hardening, code merges]

7- Product Owner and the Backlog - [Strong, Expert and Available PO, READY backlog]

8- Agile/Lean Thinking and Training [untrained pilots in the cockpit, we all speak no Americano]

- Review of each factor and selection of criteria Part I: 10 min (done among the teams)

- Analysis of Scaling Factors Part II: 10 min

- Review of each factor and selection of criteria Part II: 10 min (done among the teams)

- Consolidation and Presentation: 10 min (If 20 - 40 # of participants -> each team will present for 2 minutes, if 40+ participants -> few teams who volunteer / randomly picked will present)

- Q&A: 6 min

Learning Outcome

- Differences between agile implementations at the team level and the organization level

- Key factors to consider when planning to scale your agile implementation

- Identify analysis criteria unique to your organization's situation

- Take away a framework to your organization that could help with Scaling

- PS: This session is framework agnostic and no particular Scaling framework will be given preference over others.

Target Audience

Leaders, Managers, ScrumMasters, Product Owners


schedule Submitted 8 years ago

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    Diana Larsen
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    schedule 8 years ago
    Sold Out!
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