Agile beyond the Team: Creating a Context where Agile Teams can Thrive

Agile has now gone mainstream. Starting new and more Agile teams is relatively easy, but organizations then run into the challenge to orchestrate the work of multiple agile teams. Some have even observed that even though they manage to obtain better results from individual teams, if they step back and look at the larger picture, work still takes a long time to be delivered, quality expectations are not met, and teams experience considerable "friction" when they interact with their environment.

This session is directed to those managers that operate above the team (middle-management, director level, etc.) and explores the concerns that need to be considered to create a context in which those Agile teams can thrive and realize the promise of high-performance.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Agile teams as part of a larger picture
  • Fitting square pegs into round holes: "how do I do [INSERT TRADITIONAL CONCERN HERE] in Agile?"
  • What do Customers care about?
  • Flow and the "Flow Efficiency" problem
  • Adopting a "Service Lens"
  • Call to Action: understanding and managing end-to-end delivery flow
    • Visualization and modeling
    • The role of Metrics
    • WIP control
    • Dependencies & Blockers
    • Balancing Demand against Capability

Learning Outcome

  • Understanding the need of Customer focus, and of taking a wider, systemic look when thinking and managing "agile transitions"
  • Understanding of the concerns involved in modeling and managing end-to-end flow
  • Understanding of the basic tools for balancing demand against capability

Target Audience

Delivery Managers, Scrum Masters, Middle Management

Prerequisites for Attendees

Exposure to the challenge of establishing and running agile teams.

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