Agile Boston's 10th annual Give Thanks for Scrum event had a full house at Microsoft's training facility in Burlington, MA on 20 November. I delivered a keynote titled "The Holy Grail of Project Management: Linear Scalability." In my talk, I laid out the roadmap for deploying Scrum@Scale to enable a "scale-free" architecture that works in any size project. These are the essential steps to attaining high organizational performance.
This roadmap sets an organization on a journey which is essentially the Toyota Kata, a repeatable pattern of working that enables continuously improving organizational effectiveness without the waste of extra roles, hardening Sprints, or non-Scrum teams which cripple performance.
- "Go See" - Scrum Coaches develop a list of organizational problems
- Senior Management Briefing
- Lay-out current problems
- Identify the desired goal
- Show how Scrum@Scale can achieve that goal by delivering twice the value in half the time
- Identify initial agile initiatives for a small set of teams that will become a reference model for Scrum
- Select a leadership Scrum team that with create an "Agile Operating System" for the selected initiatives - the Executive Action Team (EAT).
- Select a leadership team that will prioritize all work on the selected initiatives - the Executive MetaScrum.
- Train leadership, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and team members who will work within the "Agile Operating System" defined, created, managed and supported by the EAT.
- When the Product Owner team has a backlog, form teams around that backlog to maximize organizational performance.
- Create Scrum of Scrums with Scaled Daily Scrums as a release team to coordinate the integrated activity across teams.
- Deliver early and often.
- When initial initiatives are successful and a "Reference Model" for how Scrum works well in the organization has been established, expand the "Agile Operating System" to the next prioritized set of initiatives.
- Rinse and Repeat
Read the slides here: Give Thanks for Scrum Nov 2018 S@S