Scaling and Sustaining Agility

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My keynote talk on "Scaling and Sustaining Agility" at the Continous Delivery day meetup organized by Societe Generale in Bangalore, Oct 5

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Scaling and Sustaining Agility

  1. 1. Scaling and Sustaining “Agility” Tathagat Varma Knowledgepreneur http://thoughtleadership.in
  2. 2. What is agility? The ability of a “body” to • anticipate potential issues and avoid or mitigate them as required, • sense, analyse and comprehend unexpected situations as they unfold, • respond quickly and gracefully to unplanned changes, • exploit unexpected opportunities before they dry up, and • initiate potential game-changing ideas well- ahead of the market.
  3. 3. What is NOT agility? framework! process! method! tool!
  4. 4. Agile Manifesto http://agilemanifesto.org
  5. 5. So, what fosters agility?
  6. 6. Individual level
  7. 7. Growth mindset
  8. 8. Deep mastery
  9. 9. Self discipline
  10. 10. Deep passion
  11. 11. Continuous learning
  12. 12. Team level
  13. 13. Clear-cut goals
  14. 14. Team chemistry
  15. 15. Meaningful autonomy
  16. 16. Frequent feedback
  17. 17. Self organisation
  18. 18. Social fun
  19. 19. Organisation level
  20. 20. Sense of purpose
  21. 21. Radical transparency
  22. 22. Open communication
  23. 23. “Safe to fail” experiments
  24. 24. Reject groupthink
  25. 25. Conducive environment
  26. 26. Involved leadership
  27. 27. Strong culture https://www.researchgate.net/publication/225064362_Kenyan_and_Ethiopian_Distance_Runners_What_Makes_Them_So_Good
  28. 28. How to scale agility?
  29. 29. Business alignment
  30. 30. Product vision
  31. 31. Clear goals
  32. 32. Scalable teams
  33. 33. Work agreements
  34. 34. Defined processes
  35. 35. Standard tools
  36. 36. Interim milestones
  37. 37. Quantifiable progress
  38. 38. Demonstrable “product”
  39. 39. Customer feedback
  40. 40. Actionable learnings
  41. 41. Closing the loop
  42. 42. Recap • Agility is an outcome, not an ingredient or a recipe! Most importantly, achieving agility requires investing in people. • Scaling agility entails overheads of process, methods and tools. However, if the underlying teams haven’t learnt to be agile at unit level, scaling them will only lead to more chaos! • Sustaining agility requires nurturing a culture of transparency, autonomy, collaboration, experimental learning and business alignment.

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