May 24, 2023
In this week's episode of Definitely, Maybe Agile, Peter Maddison and Dave Sharrock discuss the challenges and opportunities of scaling agile. It's the age old story. Organization meets Agile, tries it in a small area, has some initial success, and then says "let's do this elsewhere!". At that point the wheels come off the car.
They argue that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to scaling agile, and that the best approach will vary depending on the specific organization. There's a need to focus on what is the outcome you are looking for? People forget the goal is agility, not more Agile. They also agree that it is essential to avoid simply "scaling" a framework, and that instead, the focus should be on "descaling" the work.
*This week's takeaways:*
- Involve all stakeholders in the scaling process
- Scaling agile means scaling the work, not the framework
- Use frameworks as a starting point, not a destination
- Transformation is essential for successful scaling
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