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Scaling-Out Agility

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My invited talk at Wipro's Agile Day on "Scaling-Out Agility", i.e., how do you apply principles of agility across the organization beyond the software teams.

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Scaling-Out Agility

  1. 1. Scaling Up Out Agility Tathagat Varma VP, Strategic Process Innovation [24]7 Innovation Labs
  2. 2. What is Agility? Wikipedia: Agility or nimbleness is the ability to change the body's position efficiently, and requires the integration of isolated movement skills using a combination of balance, coordination, speed, reflexes, strength, and endurance Drucker: Large organizations cannot be versatile. A large organization is effective through its mass rather than through its agility. Fleas can jump many times their own height, but not an elephant
  3. 3. Agility @ Scale?
  4. 4. Scale “Up” • Vertical scaling • Across product • Subset of value stream • Cycle Time, Efficiency, Outputs • Agile fractals Scale “Out” • Horizontal scaling • Across organization • Entire value stream • Lead Time, Effectiveness, Outcomes • ???
  5. 5. Agile fractals http://senexrex.com/scrum-fractals/
  6. 6. https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2013/june/scrum-of-scrums-running-agile-on-large-projects
  7. 7. Scaling-out?
  8. 8. Scaling-Out across R&D Org Community Internal community of practitioners and enthusiasts Expert talk series – bridge the gap between theory and practice External community connect Unconferencing Lean Coffee Org Structure Roles and responsibilities Goal-setting Performance management Compensation and rewards Professional Development Training Intact team training Role-specific training Specialized Coaching Executive Briefings Process Product Development Process Common Metrics Strategy Tools
  9. 9. Scaling-Out across Entire Company Develop Products Product Management Platform Engineering Data Sciences Design Studio Program Management Service Delivery, ProdOps, Sell Solutions Pre-sales Sales, Marketing Program Office Finance, Products, Design, Engineering, Operations, Delivery Legal Deliver Outcomes Service Delivery Optimization NetOps Operations HR, OD, IT, G&A
  10. 10. Recap Agility doesn’t obey economies of scale. At team level, outputs might be enough. At organization level, outcomes matter. Agility is all about the approach to problem solving, and not about mechanics.
  11. 11. http://www.roofingsalesman.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/go-fast-go-far.png
  12. 12. References • 8 reasons why Japanese workers are so slow at making decisions, http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/11/18/8-reasons-why-japanese-workers- are-so-slow-at-making-decisions/ • Competing through Organizational Agility, http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/managing_in_uncertainty/com peting_through_organizational_agility • Scaling Agility, http://www.ivarjacobson.com/resource.aspx?id=402 • Getting Agile to Scale Up, http://sdtimes.com/getting-agile-to-scale-up/ • Agile 2012 Keynote: Bob Sutton on Scaling Up Excellence, http://www.infoq.com/news/2012/08/agile-2012-bob-sutton • Scaling Agile Software Development for Digital Transformation, http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2014/09/08/scaling-agile- software-development-for-digital-transformation/

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