Agile development starts with small Scrum teams tackling small problems. After some initial successes the organization gets more ambitious, and tries to scale Agile, getting more teams tackling bigger problems. At some point these endeavors run headlong into finance and governance structures from a different era, designed with huge projects in mind, and it usually doesn’t end well.
Agile change and transformation
If videos are one of the modern tools for personal Agile training and Scrum knowledge acquisition, podcasts can also play an important role. Audio-only material is useful in a context where the eyes are already busy, when you commute in your car for instance.
Continuous Digital is the companion book of the Project Myopia book also written by Allan Kelly. Both books are related to its viewpoint that software development activity needs a better framework that the project approach to be successful. If Project Myopia is the book describing the concepts behind his proposal, Continuous Digital provides the “how to”.
In this era of Agile development, we hear a lot about different styles, flavors and even frameworks. When you have the experience of facilitating the Agile journey in big as well as small companies, one thing that you will learn is that one size does not fit all. The only thing that seems to be working is what the presenter choose to call polyglot Agile, being able to “speak” different languages with different teams within the same company.
Large-scale Agile and Scrum transformations are in fashion and senior leadership want their enterprises across the land to “be Agile” or at least be seen to “be Agile”. But what does that mean? What are the risks? What does that cost? Agile transformation is an organizational change that is often assumed to be something much less significant or wide-reaching than it actually is.
To achieve true business agility, leaders must not only grow and support self-reliant, cross-functional, self-organizing Scrum teams, they must also change the way their organizations fund and oversee their agile initiatives. They must believe in feedback and allow that feedback to work. However, old measures like “on time” and “within budget” are not useful when markets and customers are constantly changing, potentially resulting in delivering great solutions to problems that no longer exist.
How can you achieve a modern Agile organization? Starting from the description of the version 1.0 and 2.0 of organizations, Zuzi Šochová explains how to transition to a new Agile work organization that relies team and communication more than on individuals.