Scaling is an anti-pattern. Big meetings, long loops, slow cadence, tight coupling, and deep hierarchies represent bottlenecks no matter how Agile your individual teams may be. But de-scaling refactors an organisation into self-directing streams of self-organizing teams working together like pods of dolphins.

How do human organizations de-scale? How can we balance autonomy of teams against alignment to business realities? This session presents principles, metrics and practice patterns for de-scaling based on a long running historical precedent, the Iroquois Confederacy, which sustained a de-scaled society of hundreds of thousands for over five centuries. And the Spotify tribal model. And Steve Jobs' NeXT/Apple culture.

 
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The session will explain and contrast de-scaling strategies employed by Spotify, Apple, and the Iroquois Confederacy. It will quantify these using three simple de-scaling metrics. It will provide a model that combines the best elements of all three, and explain how this model applies to SAFe, LeSS, DevOps and Waterfall cultures. And it will provide a high-cadence low-risk method to enable participants to do so in their own organisations.

Learning Outcome

Attendees will learn:

  • Three metrics on the quality of de-scaling in any organisation
  • Three strategies for de-scaling that can be applied singly or all together
  • Three low-risk high-cadence transformation strategies to deliver de-scaling in their own organisations

Target Audience

Business, Design and Technical Leaders, Managers, Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, RTEs, VSEs ...

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