Half Day Tutorial: A Whole New Level: Transforming and Scaling Agile Teams

It is one thing to say you are “Agile”; it is another thing to say you have consistently adopted and implemented it across your organization. Yet, industry surveys show that companies that master Agile and DevOps adoption see up to 60% higher revenue and profit growth! (…and who wouldn’t want to be a part of that???)

In this tutorial you will examine ways to enhance your Agile adoption from many perspectives – from team members to executives.  Through experiential learning you will discover how to motivate your teams to “be Agile” rather than “do Agile”.  You will also learn how to begin scaling your organization and the traps and pitfalls to avoid along the way.  Finally, you’ll better understand the role you play as a quality assurance professional in your company’s Agile transformation journey.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the difference between “doing Agile” and “being Agile” and why that is important to mastering Agile adoption
  • Discover tips on how to transform and quickly stabilize your Agile teams so that scaling is possible
  • Determine the triggers for scaling Agile teams
  • Learn how to choose an appropriate scaling approach
  • Understand how a mix of Scrum and Kanban teams influence the scaling process
  • Enhance your role as a quality professional in your company’s Agile transformation

Tutorial Outline:

  • “Doing” vs. “Being” Agile
    • Mindset, Values, Principles, and Practices
    • How the wrong focus can lead to very different adoption results
    • How organizational structure can hinder Agile adoption
  • Establishing Predictability and Cadence on Agile Teams
    • Engaging Agile Coaches
    • Holding Immersive Launches
    • Writing Guardrails and Guidelines
    • Supporting Agile Champions – grass-roots, organizational groups, and executives
    • Promoting Teams with Success Stories
    • Setting Realistic Expectations
  • Factors that can Trigger Scaling Discussions
    • Dependencies between Teams
    • Product Releases Involving Multiple Teams
    • Specialty / Niche Services (e.g. UX/UI, Database Administrators, Architects)
    • Enabling technologies
  • An Overview of Scaling Approaches and Pro’s / Con’s of Each
    • Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)
    • Scrum of Scrums (SoS)
    • Disciplined Agile Delivery (DaD)
    • Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • Scaling your Organization with a Mix of Scrum and Kanban Teams
    • Sprints vs. Cycles
    • Pulled work vs. Planned Work
    • Bridging the Differences
  • The Quality Professional’s Role in an Agile Transformation
    • The Flight Attendant
    • The Team Player
    • The Sports Announcer
    • The Scientist

Location: FieldDate: May 14, 2019Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm Susan Brockley