This first post in the series on leadership fit for the 21st century covers the talk given by Hendrik Pothof from ING and Michael Bres from Axis into Management about leadership challenges in an agile environment.
Klaus Leopold gave a talk at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference in which he elaborated why focusing on team-level performance often leads to local suboptimalization and doesn't increase agility across the team. InfoQ interviewed him about why installing agile frameworks does not help to increase agility, how kanban can be used to increase collaboration, and benefits that teams can get from kanban.
InfoQ interviewed Stefan Roock about adding XP practices to Scrum, why using an agile framework as a blueprint for designing the organization is a premature optimization and why culture and principles are more important than practices. Roock also explains the agile scaling cycle with examples of how it can be used, and talks about the benefits and pitfalls of this approach for agile scaling.
Jez Humble talked about organizational obstacles to moving fast at scale and how to address them at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference. InfoQ interviewed him about how we can focus on value, why having a shared understanding of an artifact can be very valuable, removing waste and discovering the needs of customers quickly with low costs, and how to use the concept of improvement kata.
At the Agile Tour Bangkok G John Okoro gave a tour of the various approaches to scaling agile that are in the marketplace today. He examined SAFe, LeSS & LeSS Huge, Scrum, the Spotify "model", Nexus and Scrum of Scrums, identifying the context they are designed for and some pros and cons of each approach.
Henrik Kniberg, author of the InfoQ Minibook “Scrum and XP from the Trenches”, gave the opening keynote at the Agile Tour Bangkok conference on Saturday 21 November in Thailand. His talk was titled “Real-life Agile Scaling”, in which he addressed the key challenges to scaling agile beyond a few teams. He asked why organisations want to scale, and presented some ideas on how to do so.
Autonomy is one of the core guiding principles at Spotify. It enables employees to make decisions as close to the works that is being done as possible. At the Agile Greece Summit 2015 Kristian Lindwall and Cliff Hazell from Spotify explained why autonomy is at the heart of agility.
At the Agile Greece Summit 2015 Erhan Köseoğlu presented a case study of scaling agile from Vodafone Turkey. InfoQ interviewed him about why Vodafone decided to implement agile, how they dealt with situations where people resisted, how they established a culture that supports agile, how they involved their customers in the agile transition, and which advice he want to give to C-level executives.
Swiss Postal Services has used scaled Scrum with seven teams to replace a legacy system. InfoQ interviewed Ralph Jocham about how they scaled Scrum and dealt with legacy issues, using a definition of done, how they managed to deliver their system three months earlier than planned, and the main learnings from the project.
The 10th annual state of agile survey is open through October 2, 2015. The survey explores the worldwide adoption of agile.
Small and medium sized companies have adopted the agile way of working in Greece and there are few examples of agile in larger organizations, interest in agile from the local industry is growing. Among the topic discussed in agile meetups are whether companies should implement Scrum or Kanban, Scrum for startups, dealing with fixed price and scope contracts, productivity, and happiness in teams.
Nexus is a framework for developing and sustaining large software development projects. The Nexus Guide can be used next to the Scrum Guide to scale Scrum and support the integrated effort of multiple software development teams.
InfoQ interviewed Jeff Sutherland about the problems that larger organizations have when adopting Scrum, how they can increase their capability for handling impediments, improving agile leadership, what Scrum masters can do to help teams to become agile, and his advice to managers when their organization is implementing Scrum.
InfoQ did an interview with Menno Vis, IT director of bol.com, about the benefits of increasing agility, how bol.com deploys Scrum, using roadmaps with agile, the challenges that have been faced when scaling agile, the main focus area's at bol.com for agile scaling, establishing loosely coupled teams, and the things that bol.com does for their people to have fun while doing their work.
When developing large complex systems and dealing with legacy code, organizations need to have systems in place to support integration and delivery. Modularization can help when agile is scaled with multiple teams that are working in parallel. It's not the framework or method that will do the job, but how your people will make it work to solve your problems says Hans Dekkers.