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Agile Scaling
without
Blueprints
Goto, Berlin, 

04-dec-2015

Stefan Roock

stefan.roock@it-agile.de

@StefanRoock
Track: ...
Scaling in the „good old days“™
(∼2005)
4 teams, 20-25 developers
from 3 companies
13 teams, 65 developers
from 3 companies
Sprint
Backlog
Product
Owner
Vision
Scrum
Master
Daily
Scrum
Sprint
Review
Sprint
Planning
Product
Backlog
Sprint
Product
...
Sprint
Backlog
Product
Owner
Vision
Scrum
Master
Daily
Scrum
Sprint
Review
Sprint
Planning
Product
Backlog
Sprint
Product
...
Scaling today
Agile in the
old days
Deliver useful software
every few weeks with
Scrum & XP.
At least we
suck less.
Agile
nowadays
t
200...
Agile in the
old days
Deliver useful
software every
few weeks.
At least we
suck less.
Agile
nowadays
t
2000-2005
2015
I ha...
Insanity?
Cargo Cult
Agile in the
old days
Deliver useful
software every
few weeks.
At least we
suck less.
Agile
nowadays
t
2000-2005
2015
I ha...
Culture and principles are more
important than practices.
After years of research we
discovered the secret ingredient
for successfully scaling agile!
Secret ingredient for
successful scaling
Blueprint
Emergent structures with 

the Agile Scaling Cycle
Coordinate
teams
Reduce
dependencies
Develop the
organization
Values
an...
Agile
Scaling
Cycle
Coordinate
teams
Reduce
dependencies
Develop the
organization
Agile: Autonomous
business focused
teams...
X - Teams
Some practices for dependency reduction
Autonomy
Cross functional
Teams
Team MissionsOpen Allocation
Verticals
Sandboxing
...
Agile
Scaling
Cycle
Coordinate
teams
Reduce
dependencies
Develop the
organization
Values
and
principles
Communities of Practice
Goal#1
Coordination practices
Time horizon
Numberofteams
Team Verløtung
Portfolio/Program Kanban
s...
Number of
coordination
practices that
aren’t needed
(any longer)
Stefans Agile Scaling Maturity Model
Agile
Scaling
Cycle
Coordinate
teams
Reduce
dependencies
Develop the
organization
Values
and
principles
Practices for organizational development
Transition team /
Agile Center
Transition
Backlog
Successful teams in
agile organ...
Practices for organizational development
PDCA
Transition team /
Agile Center
Transition
Backlog
Theory of
Constraints
Lean...
Find structures matching your business
…
see also: scaledprinciples.org
Summary
•Cultural change
•Emergent structures
•Inspect & adapt
•Self organization
•Team autonomy
•Process ownership
see also: scal...
Free ebook:
http://bit.ly/JimdoStory
Booklet about agile
scaling (german)
http://www.itagileshop.de/lesen/weitere-broschür...
Thank you for your attention!
Stefan Roock
stefan.roock@it-agile.de
Twitter: @StefanRoock
Feel free to
contact me:
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Agile Scaling with Blueprints (Goto Berlin, 04-dec-2015)

When more than 10 people are needed to reach a goal multiple agile teams are needed. These teams have to coordinate - we have to scale agile. There are several blueprints for scaling agile. This session argues that using a blueprint is premature optimization.

When looking at successful agile companies one thing becomes clear: they didn't follow a blueprint but implemented unique structures and processes. Every company is unique and needs unique structures and processes matching its purpose.

In this talk Stefan presents the Agile Scaling Cycle, an organic approach to find and optimize scaling structures appropriate for the company.

Agile Scaling with Blueprints (Goto Berlin, 04-dec-2015)

  1. 1. Agile Scaling without Blueprints Goto, Berlin, 04-dec-2015 Stefan Roock stefan.roock@it-agile.de @StefanRoock Track: On the Boundaries of Agile
  2. 2. Scaling in the „good old days“™ (∼2005) 4 teams, 20-25 developers from 3 companies 13 teams, 65 developers from 3 companies
  3. 3. Sprint Backlog Product Owner Vision Scrum Master Daily Scrum Sprint Review Sprint Planning Product Backlog Sprint Product Increment Sprint Retro- spective Development Team Just Scrum?
  4. 4. Sprint Backlog Product Owner Vision Scrum Master Daily Scrum Sprint Review Sprint Planning Product Backlog Sprint Product Increment Sprint Retro- spective Development Team Just Scrum+XP Pair Programming Continuous Integration Test Driven Development On-site Customer On-site Team Collective Ownership
  5. 5. Scaling today
  6. 6. Agile in the old days Deliver useful software every few weeks with Scrum & XP. At least we suck less. Agile nowadays t 2000-2005 2015 I have the greatest job ever. SAFe DAD LeSS …
  7. 7. Agile in the old days Deliver useful software every few weeks. At least we suck less. Agile nowadays t 2000-2005 2015 I have the greatest job ever. WTF? SAFe DAD LeSS …
  8. 8. Insanity?
  9. 9. Cargo Cult
  10. 10. Agile in the old days Deliver useful software every few weeks. At least we suck less. Agile nowadays t 2000-2005 2015 I have the greatest job ever. Cargo Cult SAFe DAD LeSS …
  11. 11. Culture and principles are more important than practices.
  12. 12. After years of research we discovered the secret ingredient for successfully scaling agile!
  13. 13. Secret ingredient for successful scaling Blueprint
  14. 14. Emergent structures with 
 the Agile Scaling Cycle Coordinate teams Reduce dependencies Develop the organization Values and principles
  15. 15. Agile Scaling Cycle Coordinate teams Reduce dependencies Develop the organization Agile: Autonomous business focused teams that own their process. Values and principles
  16. 16. X - Teams
  17. 17. Some practices for dependency reduction Autonomy Cross functional Teams Team MissionsOpen Allocation Verticals Sandboxing Product Definition Definition of DoneDefinition of Ready Modularization Extend team responsibility up-/ downstram synchronized Sprints Release Train Continuous Delivery Release Cadence Product Owner Beta Codex low high Market Company Teams Technology
  18. 18. Agile Scaling Cycle Coordinate teams Reduce dependencies Develop the organization Values and principles
  19. 19. Communities of Practice Goal#1 Coordination practices Time horizon Numberofteams Team Verløtung Portfolio/Program Kanban shared Sprint Planning shared Sprint Review Continuous Integration shared Release Planning Visit Daily Scrums Scrum of Scrums consultative individual decision Task-Forces Open Prio Meeting Hours Days Weeks Months Launch Pate
  20. 20. Number of coordination practices that aren’t needed (any longer) Stefans Agile Scaling Maturity Model
  21. 21. Agile Scaling Cycle Coordinate teams Reduce dependencies Develop the organization Values and principles
  22. 22. Practices for organizational development Transition team / Agile Center Transition Backlog Successful teams in agile organization organizational impediments
  23. 23. Practices for organizational development PDCA Transition team / Agile Center Transition Backlog Theory of Constraints Lean Thinking Systems Thinking North Star Successful teams in agile organization organizational impediments Open Spaces … Gemba Walks Operations Review shared Retrospectives
  24. 24. Find structures matching your business …
  25. 25. see also: scaledprinciples.org Summary
  26. 26. •Cultural change •Emergent structures •Inspect & adapt •Self organization •Team autonomy •Process ownership see also: scaledprinciples.org Summary
  27. 27. Free ebook: http://bit.ly/JimdoStory Booklet about agile scaling (german) http://www.itagileshop.de/lesen/weitere-broschüren/luna/ More information
  28. 28. Thank you for your attention! Stefan Roock stefan.roock@it-agile.de Twitter: @StefanRoock Feel free to contact me:

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