Category Archives: scaling

New HBR article… Agile at Scale

Thanks for Rijon Erickson, we can link you to a great HBR article now: Agile at Scale by Rigby, Sutherland, and Noble. https://hbr.org/2018/05/agile-at-scale Enjoy!

Alternatives to scaling

Here is an email I recently sent. (Slightly modified.)  Said quickly, but some key points. *** Hi all, Just wanted to share these ideas quickly.  Some may find them new, some people maybe not new at all. First: In this context I am defining scaling as 3 teams working together on one product. The reason […]

Scale down!

In some situations you feel forced to scale. We recommend: Scale down. George Harrison has a nice song called “Cheer Down!” which is a play on the idea of “cheer up!” Similarly, in my opinion, too many people want to scale up and create more and more layers and add complexity to scaling. This is […]

Spotify Scaling Model

Here is some reference information about the Spotify scaling model. Most of this information is via Henrik Kniberg. Here is the key article: “Scaling Agile @ Spotify with Tribes, Squads, Chapters & Guilds” — A blog post (2012). It also links to a longer article in the third paragraph which is pretty key. Here are […]

The Team sucks, the Backlog sucks, the Done Done sucks! I know! Let’s scale that!

I just led a discussion with Agile Charleston on this topic. The idea for this topic comes from a talk by Mike Cottmeyer at the Scrum Gathering in Orlando. I agreed with Mike that these three are three of the most common problems with teams, and they are fundamental. (One might argue that X is […]

Scrum at Scale – 4 parts

Jeff Sutherland has recently done a great job in describing his ideas on scaling. Here are three things I think are key: Scale down. That is, it is complex to get lots of people involved in one problem or effort.  Simplify. Use patterns. (E.x. Do not try to implement all of some big poster on scaling […]

Proposal: Scaling Workshop

This is the first in a series on new ideas to make your practice of Agile more successful. Do a scaling workshop The idea is a 2 day workshop with the right people in your company, focused on the scaling topic. First, scaling can mean many different things, and in the workshop we like to […]

Teams are More Important than Scaling

This is another take-away from the Southern Fried Agile last fall. Teams are more important than scaling. I am hearing a lot of talk about scaling.  Definitely a useful and important topic for some. Also, I am deeply concerned that we are missing a key point. Many people are. In general, we have not learned […]

Scaling Workshop – New thoughts

David Muldoon and I just had a new Scaling workshop in Montreal.  Two days talking about scaling, and solving problems. One quick observation Scaling is ugly.  That is, scaling is always a compromise. We talked about the ideal state; what would we ideally want things to be like.  One way of expressing part of that: […]

Scaling Whitepaper

We have started a scaling whitepaper.  It will go through many iterations.  Now version 5. Getting Starting with ScalingVer5 Please comment on how you think this paper should evolve, and which key questions this paper should address. Thanks.