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Failing	@	Scaling	Agile?
Don’t	Panic!	&	Carry	a	Towel
Em	Campbell-Pretty
Partner,	Context	Matters

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Presentation at Mastering SAP 21st May 2017

Struggling with agile at scale? Thinking about scaling agile beyond the team? Want to learn from others’ mistakes? There is a lot to be learnt from those who have successfully hitchhiked their way through the galaxy of scaled agile. This session celebrates the scaled agile hitchhiker, the people who bravely tried ideas that were occasionally brilliant but often plain stupid. You will laugh, you will cry but you will also walk away with a nice long list of ideas not to try when scaling agile!
• Seven failure patterns in scaling agile
• An understanding of why these patterns lead to less than optimal results
• Tips on how to avoid falling into these failure patterns

Presentation at Mastering SAP 21st May 2017

Struggling with agile at scale? Thinking about scaling agile beyond the team? Want to learn from others’ mistakes? There is a lot to be learnt from those who have successfully hitchhiked their way through the galaxy of scaled agile. This session celebrates the scaled agile hitchhiker, the people who bravely tried ideas that were occasionally brilliant but often plain stupid. You will laugh, you will cry but you will also walk away with a nice long list of ideas not to try when scaling agile!
• Seven failure patterns in scaling agile
• An understanding of why these patterns lead to less than optimal results
• Tips on how to avoid falling into these failure patterns

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  1. 1. Failing @ Scaling Agile? Don’t Panic! & Carry a Towel Em Campbell-Pretty Partner, Context Matters
  2. 2. THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
  3. 3. THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO SCALING AGILE
  4. 4. Anti-Pattern 1: Huge Teams Rather Than Teams of Teams
  5. 5. INTRODUCING THE TOTAL PERSPECTIVE VORTEX “To Trin Tragula’s horror, … he realised that he had proved conclusively that if life is going to exist in a universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot have is a sense of proportion”
  6. 6. Need tag line and image SURELY LIFE WOULD BE SIMPLER WITH ONE BIG TEAM... https://flic.kr/p/fuB8SQ
  7. 7. Who has seen or experienced this anti-pattern in the enterprise?
  8. 8. 22 PEOPLE ON ONE AGILE TEAM?!?! Project Manager Product Owner Business Analyst Change Lead Technical Lead Logical Data Modeller Physical Data Modeller Physical Data Modeller Vender Project Manger On Site ETL On Site ETL On Site ETL Off shore ETL Off shore ETL Off shore ETL DBA Business Intelligence Test Lead Test Analyst Enterprise Architect Data SME Scrum Master
  9. 9. Team Size Throughput
  10. 10. Scrum master Technical lead Test lead Developer Developer Developer Developer Developer SMALL CROSS FUNCTION TEAMS
  11. 11. 9 WOMEN CAN’T MAKE A BABY IN ONE MONTH
  12. 12. WHY LARGE TEAMS DON’T WORK
  13. 13. START WHERE YOU ARE AND EVOLVE TO FEATURE TEAMS
  14. 14. TAKE IT TO THE TEAMS WITH SELF-SELECTION
  15. 15. Anti-Pattern 2: Out of the Box or Outside of the Box
  16. 16. INTRODUCING THE BABEL FISH The Babel Fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation!
  17. 17. LIPSTICK ON A PIG
  18. 18. …..even with all these improvements, the game is no fun at all. WE TRIED BASEBALL, AND IT DIDN’T WORK. http://ronjeffries.com/xprog/articles/jatbaseball https://flic.kr/p/rZhpRT
  19. 19. Who has seen or experienced this anti-pattern in the enterprise?
  20. 20. UNDERSTAND THE TRUE IMPACT BEFORE CHANGING
  21. 21. REMEMBER THAT GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF GREAT
  22. 22. Anti-Pattern 3: Too many coaches in the kitchen (with too many recipes)
  23. 23. INTRODUCING EDDIE, THE SHIPBOARD COMPUTER Eddie: I am pleased to inform you that two nuclear missiles are now headed this way. If you don’t mind, I am going to take action. Zaphod: COMPUTER DO SOMETHING! Eddie: Ok, switching to manual mode. Good luck!
  24. 24. HOW MANY COACHES DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHTBULB?
  25. 25. IGNORE IT AND IT WILL GO AWAY
  26. 26. Who has seen or experienced this anti-pattern in the enterprise?
  27. 27. PICK A HORSE
  28. 28. WHO’S ON FIRST?
  29. 29. MAINTAINING ALIGNMENT WITH CHAPTERS & GUILDS
  30. 30. Anti-Pattern 4: Agile is only for developers. Not the PMO.
  31. 31. MEET THE GALACTIC HYPERSPACE PLANNING COUNCIL “People of Earth, your attention please. This is Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council. As you will not doubt be aware, the plans for development of the outlying regions of the Galaxy require the building of a hyerspatial express route through your star system, and regrettably your planet is one of those scheduled for demolition. The process will take slightly less than two of your Earth minutes. Thank you.”
  32. 32. WATERFALL GOVERNANCE APPLIED TO AGILE DELIVERY?! Executive Governance Business Steering Program Committee OCM BPR Assurance Committee IT Control Program Board Project Control Board Project Control Board Project Control Board Program Board Project Control Board Project Control Board Project Control Board Compliance Service Operations Agile Team
  33. 33. THERE IS GOING TO BE A COLLISION
  34. 34. Who has seen or experienced this anti-pattern in the enterprise?
  35. 35. Embrace Agile & Lean ENCOURAGE THE PMO TO EMBRACE AGILE & LEAN #WhereisART
  36. 36. APPLY LEAN PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT
  37. 37. LIMIT WIP AND ENABLE FLOW
  38. 38. CREATE AN AGILE PMO
  39. 39. Anti-Pattern 5: Forget you’re standing in a Waterfall
  40. 40. INTRODUCING THE INFINITE IMPROBABILITY DRIVE
  41. 41. HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY
  42. 42. Who has seen or experienced this anti-pattern in the enterprise?
  43. 43. BE INCLUSIVE OF YOUR WATERFALL FRIENDS
  44. 44. UNDERSTAND LEAD TIME & PLAN ACCORDINGLY https://flic.kr/p/jmDQZk
  45. 45. Anti-Pattern 6: Agile is only a Process
  46. 46. INTRODUCING DEEP THOUGHT
  47. 47. AGILE = MONEY FIRE?!
  48. 48. Who has seen or experienced this anti-pattern in the enterprise?
  49. 49. What is the biggest impediment to delivery? Agile without Technical Practices: Just doesn’t cut it! Availability of environments Technical Debt Access to data Manual Deployment Processes Lack of Continuous Integration
  50. 50. INVEST IN TECHNICAL ENABLERS
  51. 51. TRAIN EVERYONE! Source: https://flic.kr/p/fJ5esB
  52. 52. Anti-Pattern 7: The fish rots from the head.
  53. 53. MEET ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX, PRESIDENT Trillian: You idiot, you signed the order to destroy Earth! Zaphod: I did? Arthur: He did? Trillian: Love and kisses, Zaphod? You didn’t even read it, did you? Zaphod: Well, I’m president, I don’t have a lot of time for reading.
  54. 54. A CHEQUE BOOK COMMITMENT
  55. 55. Who has seen or experienced this anti-pattern in the enterprise?
  56. 56. THE INVISIBLE WALL
  57. 57. IT IS A TWO WAY STREET
  58. 58. The true secret to succeeding with agile at scale is learning to learn to together.
  59. 59. How to Connect with Me E: em@contextmatters.com.au M: +61 429 302 439 B: www.prettyagile.com Li: linkedin.com/in/ejcampbellpretty/ @PrettyAgile So long and thanks for all the fish!

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