Scaling Agile for Dummies
What they don’t teach you at the Scaling Agile courses
By Leise Passer Jensen, founder of Agil IT (agilit.dk)
1. Organizations forgot the criticality in becoming a Learning Organization
2. We have failed to support executives and decision makers big time!
2. Agile is now being imposed on teams!
But there might still be hope for agile organizations, right..?
Hm… what is an ‘agile organization’? Also consider this
4. Scale – and you scale your organization’s critical dysfunctions
5. Do any existing agile scaling frameworks actually scale?
I will give you 14 hints for how to avoid the above 5 concerns and many more.
At least seven of the hints are included in this article.
As you may recall:
Agile started way back but had to go ‘under the radar’
Agile scaling frameworks have finally officially popped up*. Just a few years back.
According to that time’s pioneers, agile started in the 1950s as the normal way of doing things. When certain methodologies became popular, agile continued ‘under the radar’ until a decade after the Agile Manifesto for Software Development was published in 2001.
We noticed the scaling frameworks at a time when the agile teams for quite many years had begged top- and middle management:
“Please listen to us?
Accept our agile way of working as legitimate, fun, motivating and effective.”
*) The origin of LeSS and Scrum@Scale had been used for years, but we may not have known them under those names.
Enterprise Scrum was the first Software Scaling framework (2002). Presented November 2010 at OreDev conference in Malmo Sweden.
We were convinced agile was the way forward for software- and systems development. We had seen the light. But felt quite alone with that view.
How do I know?
-I was part of it.