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Ugly Truths About Scaling Agile

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Scaling agile secrets and ugly truths

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Ugly Truths About Scaling Agile

  1. 1. The Ugly Truth of Scaling Agile Scott Blacker VP Product & Services AgileCraft Kreisler Ng Sr. Manager, Agile Delivery cPrime
  2. 2. 2 Drive Agile and DevOps success through a blend of unified software services
  3. 3. Simply Software at Scale To Gain Strategic Advantage AGILECRAFT 3 #1
  4. 4. I T ’ S T R U L Y A B O U T S U R V I V A L THE GAME IS RAPIDLY CHANGING Software is eating the world 1 The acceleration of the technology curve is quickening the turnover of large enterprises / the fortune 500.2 Increasingly software is highly strategic and has a major impact on outcomes regardless of the vertical / industry in question3 4
  5. 5. 5 Agility has replaced market share as a key driver of competitive advantage I T ’ S T R U L Y A B O U T S U R V I V A L THE GAME IS RAPIDLY CHANGING
  6. 6. STATE OF AGILE T H E B A S I C S 1st Generation - (approx. 1994 – 2002) searched for and found a different way of building solutions focused on small teams of developers. 2nd Generation – (approx. 2002 – 2010) realized requirements & testing must be agile as well to create development flow. 3rd Generation – (approx. 2010 – present) builds on development flow and deals with scale, value stream, product lines, portfolios and integration to strategy and the rest of the enterprise. 6 Courtesy of SolutionsIQ
  7. 7. Scaling is a well understood concept at this point. Plenty of frameworks exist. We’ll just pick one and train the teams. Right? Introducing the 5 ugly truths of scaling agile 7 T H E U G L Y T R U T H O F S C A L I N G A G I L E
  8. 8. 8 Ugly Truth #1: Semantics (Your epic is my initiative) Scoping (Your “3” isn’t the same as my “3”) Sprints (My sprints MUST start on a Tuesday) Even the seemingly simplest aspects of a transformation are massive headaches
  9. 9. 9 Ugly Truth #1: Semantics (Your epic is my initiative) Even the seemingly simplest aspects of a transformation are massive headaches Epic Feature Story Initiative Epic Story SAFe JIRA Scoping (Your “3” isn’t the same as my “3”) Sprints (My sprints MUST start on a Tuesday)
  10. 10. 10 Secret Weapons • Agile Coalition / Communities of Practice • Listen and explain the why • Knowing when to pick a strong stance
  11. 11. 11 PREDICTABILITY, SPEND & RESULTS STRATEGY, GOALS, & PRIORITIES Ugly Truth #2: Your top-down transformation is going to fail… …and so is your bottoms-up.
  12. 12. 12 Secret Weapons: • Start from the top and from the bottom • Listen and empathize • Make it a safe environment to fail T H E U G L Y T R U T H O F S C A L I N G A G I L E
  13. 13. 13 Bimodal Ceiling Ugly Truth #3: There will be a glass ceiling. Breaking through will not be easy. Management CeilingFinance Ceiling
  14. 14. 14 Secret Weapons: • Meet me in Bimodal • Pilot as results speak for themselves • Use the organization’s informal network T H E U G L Y T R U T H O F S C A L I N G A G I L E
  15. 15. 15 Ugly Truth #4: Teams have been locally-optimizing since the beginning of Agile. System-optimization is much harder.
  16. 16. 16 Secret Weapons: • Paint the big picture • Link local data to org-wide data • Focus on Agile HR T H E U G L Y T R U T H O F S C A L I N G A G I L E
  17. 17. 17 Ugly Truth #5: Many teams don’t actually want to scale. Your job is to show them the light. • Scaling = transparency which is scary / drives accountability / reduces freedom to whatever you want • Don’t want to be compared….game the system if compared
  18. 18. 18 Secret Weapons: • Collaborate with Teams • Build Trust T H E U G L Y T R U T H O F S C A L I N G A G I L E
  19. 19. 19 Ugly Truth Secret Weapon(s) Even the seemingly simplest aspects of a transformation are massive headaches1 2 3 4 5 T H E U G L Y T R U T H O F S C A L I N G A G I L E • Agile Coalition / Communities of Practice • Listen and explain the why • Knowing when to pick a strong stance Your top-down transformation is going to fail… …and so is your bottoms-up. • Start from the top and from the bottom • Listen and empathize • Make it a safe environment to fail There will be a glass ceiling. Breaking through will not be easy. • Meet me in Bimodal • Pilot as results speak for themselves • Use the organization’s informal network • Collaborate with Teams • Build Trust Many teams don’t actually want to scale. Your job is to show them the light. Teams have been locally-optimizing since the beginning of Agile. System-optimization is much harder • Paint the big picture • Link local data to org-wide data • Focus on Agile HR
  20. 20. QUESTIONS? scott.blacker@agilecraft.com Kreisler.Ng@cprime.com

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