The Scrum Alliance has announced a partnership with LeSS Company to support widespread adoption of Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS). Scrum Alliance interim CEO Lisa Hershman said, “Recognizing that scaling agility is critical to Transforming the World of Work, and valuing doing so with the simplicity and principles of Scrum, we now seek to present organizations with options for scaling Scrum. Scrum Alliance is very pleased to announce our partnership with LeSS Company.”
Agile reminds us that the focus of any set of requirements needs to be on an outcome rather than a collection of whats and whos. Storytelling is a powerful tool to elevate even the most diehard requirements analyst from a discussion of individual requirements to a discussion of outcomes. Outcomes are the big picture that acts as an anchor for whole efforts and which is continuously broken down into more and more detailed product backlogs.
If one of the first aim of Scrum was to break the silos between business analysis, development and testing, you can consider that improving the cooperation with the operation side of IT as the next frontier in this journey. What is the point to produce potentially shippable software increment in two weeks if your database administrator doesn’t want more than three new releases windows for the production database?
Running an experiment is trivial: Make a change and see what happens. Running experiments at scale, however, is a different story. It is not trivial to simultaneously run hundreds of experiments across 100 million users. It’s not trivial to cover dozens of platforms and markets while staying on top of the technical and methodological complexities.
The first value of the Agile Manifesto is about “individuals and interactions over processes and tools”. Communication is fundamental inside and outside the Scrum team. In his article “Watch Your Words: Feedback Analysis”, Tom Bartel give some hints on how to improve the feedback process especially in a negative context.