Embracing Agile strategy

Agile Adoption can result in 80% increase in innovation according to McKinsey

Initially considered to be the domain of startups and small companies, Agile methodologies, however, are gaining wider use with enterprises. Embracing Agile The latest State of Agile report by Version One found that 56 per cent of respondents worked at organisations with more than 1, 000 workers and 24 per cent of them at the companies with over 20, 000 people.

The report points out the most common reasons for so many organisations to embrace Agile approaches:

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According to research by McKinsey & Company, the organisations deploying Agile at scale accelerate their innovation by up to 80 per cent. Yet there are still several blocks that prevent most companies from becoming completely Agile. The agency finds that ‘without making significant shifts in organisational structures, roles, and responsibilities, and other underlying elements of the operating model, it can be quite difficult for companies to extend Agile practices beyond pilot teams.’

What differentiates LeSS from the traditional scrum process is that the listed techniques are applied across several cross-functional teams, and therefore require additional coordination between them. For example, sprint planning is conducted in two steps: the first meeting requires participation of the Product Owner and the representatives from each team; the second one is held within each team independently. Ensuring constant coordination and information sharing, the teams or their rotating members hold a number of regular meetings (Open Space, Town Hall Meeting, or Scrum of Scrums). Overall Retrospective, conducted after each sprint is aimed at improving the overall system, rather than processes within just one Team.

Disciplined Agile Delivery (DaD) is another strategy for scaling Agile methodologies. As stated on its official website, ‘the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) process decision framework is a people-first, learning-oriented hybrid Agile approach to IT solution delivery. It has a risk-value delivery lifecycle, is goal-driven, is enterprise aware, and is scalable.’

Being fairly simple, Scrum of Scrums is one of the most widely used techniques for scaling Agile in the organisations where several scrum teams work together on a large project. Its main element is a multi-team stand-up: it is held regularly to keep the people from different teams informed about the significant issues within the project. This is a great way to foster collaboration between independent teams and efficiently solve problems as they may arise.