Scaled Agile Transformation | You have delivery working for one team using Agile practices. How do you scale with multiple teams?
‘We have got delivery working for one team using Agile practices – but how do we scale with multiple teams?’
Is this a question that you are currently struggling to answer? You already had good first experiences with Scrum or Kanban at the team level, and now you are faced with the question of how to scale these experiences and practices to the entire organisation. Many organisations will offer to assist you in scaling delivery, but only few have actually done it.
Scaling delivery is a topic that has caused and is still causing much discussion in the Agile community. Most of the frameworks could theoretically be scaled on their own. However, the majority of them do not (purposefully, because they are non-prescriptive frameworks) explain how they are practically scaled in real organisations. There are also many other frameworks specifically focused on scaling Agile; examples are LESS (Large Scale Scrum; Larman and Vodde, 2013) and DAD (Disciplined Agile Delivery; Ambler and Lines, 2012), and, more recently, Nexus (Nexus Guide; Schwaber 2016). However we believe that ‘SAFe’ is currently the most discussed, fully featured, and implemented Agile scaling framework to-date. In 2016 it is also the most widely used scaling framework.
The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) (Leffingwell, 2011–14) is a scaled approach to Agile adoption. Officially launched in 2012, it draws on the experiences of its creator, Dean Leffingwell, and his co-collaborators, addressing ‘effective practices that worked for us’ when they found Scrum and eXtreme Programming insufficient in solving the problems faced by large software organisations.
SAFe® is an online, freely revealed knowledge base of proven success patterns for implementing Lean-Agile software and systems development at enterprise scale. It provides comprehensive guidance for work at the enterprise Portfolio, Value Stream, Program, and Team levels.
We believe that better systems and software make the world a better place. We assist those who build these systems through training and then coaching of delivery at scale using the Scaled Agile Framework. There are numerous Case Studies already cited, and many enterprises —large and small— are getting outstanding business benefits from applying SAFe. These typically include:
(source: Scaled Agile, Inc 2010-2016)
Implementing the changes necessary to become a Lean-Agile technology enterprise is a substantial change for most organisations. Embracing a Lean-Agile mindset, understanding and applying the Lean-Agile Principles, and effectively implementing the SAFe practices all come before the business benefits. And, of course, the culture must evolve, too.
We do not prescribe the organisational change management process that is typically required for successful implementation; we leave that to the enterprise, because only they know their specific context, and they must own the transformation.
Based on the learnings from hundreds of SAFe implementations, SAFe, has developed a basic “Implementing SAFe 1-2-3” pattern for successful SAFe adoption. It provides a simple road map that helps gets everyone aligned to a common implementation strategy.
Once the enterprise has a critical mass of in-house Lean-Agile Leaders, and a few Agile Release Trains rolling, a variety of consulting activities may be applicable and beneficial. These could include coaching the train, training specialist roles, and continuous improvement.
We are a Gold Partner with Scaled Agile, Inc. As a Scaled Agile Partners we provide the highest quality training, consulting and coaching to support your Lean-Agile transformation using SAFe.
As a Scaled Agile Partner we are authorised providers of SAFe training including: Leading SAFe, SAFe ScrumXP, SAFe PM/PO, and more. Within Radtac we have a number of experienced Scaled Program Consultants that help train and coach your teams.