There is currently much debate about whether and how agility scales at the enterprise level. Many approaches exist, such as scaled Agile frameworks (SAFe, LeSS, DaD), Beta Codex, Beyond Budgeting, Sociocracy or Open Space, but success stories are rare..
Design thinking and Agile are the methods currently used to implement innovative point solutions at short notice. Companies rarely take enough time for long-term thinking. Fast innovation, sloppily integrated into the existing IT landscape, however, has lead to a complexity explosion that made IT tremendously expensive and increasingly sluggish for change. And this is not an IT problem but the result of bad funding decisions by business executives. Therefore it must be addressed at a business- and governance level, not by autonomous solution development teams.
Many people of the Agile community perceive IT governance and architecture management as too rigid and heavyweight to be integrated with Agil. This is not surprising given the prevailing heavy and immature enterprise architecture frameworks and their ivory-tower use in practice.
This presentation discusses why Agile will never scale without a consistent model of the business (=’business architecture’) that is understood, maintained an accepted by everybody, from CEO to software developer. It presents a lightweight, business-focused approach to architecture that should be integrated with common scaled agile frameworks (such as SAFe, LeSS, DaD) to really make them scale.