Helping Scaled Agile cross the chasm using pull-based change approaches

In fall 2015 there is no question that business agility is required. You will also be hard pressed to find anyone arguing against the core principles of lean/agility or against most of the practices. Many teams are implementing agile with varying levels of success.

But most enterprise organizations have not yet reached the levels of agility you read about in books or hear about at conferences. As Lean/Agile is crossing the chasm into the mainstream, Scaled Agile approaches like "Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)" and "Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)" are positioned as the next logical move.

A big question is HOW to drive this kind of change in the organization. Through stories from the trenches of enterprise change management we will discuss different approaches to change and when each is appropriate. We will see how approaches like evolutionary change , "free market" / "pull based change management" , "invite-based change" help accelerate the journey towards agility across an enterprise without risking its stickiness. I will share some hard-learned lessons that resulted in patterns like “Manager’s first”, “Document/Methodology later”, “Market & wait for Pull”, “Case Study”, “Opt-in vs Mandate”, “Guidebooks OVER guided tours”. 



Outline/Structure of the Talk

What is broken with typical Scaled Agile implementations

Introducing pull-based change management and how evolutionary change fits into the picture

Discuss the "crossing the chasm" view of organizations and how to deal with different stages of the adoption lifecycle

Lessons learned applying this approach in big enterprises

Learning Outcome

This session will help you choose the right change management approach for your Scaled Agile change initiative and tweak it to improve the chances of crossing your own organizational chasm between where you are now and a sustainable sticky new way of working.

If you are in the process of a scaled agile transformation using SAFe/LeSS or similar you will got some ideas for how to look at your role as change agent and some patterns to better understand and navigate the dynamics around the change.

Target Audience

Change Agents, PMOs, Dev Managers



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