A couple weeks back, I have written about an alternative viewpoint that is gaining traction in the Agile world. It is commonly known as Agile at scale and talks about reinventing the practice instead of trying to fit the small team canvas onto the large organizations. Today I would like to dive in a little deeper and talk about one of its practices – the Product Forum. To put it simply Product Forum is a…
As Agile becomes more and more popular across companies and industries, there are bound to be some changes to the way it is done. It has long left the realm of software development teams and has since been applied to various fields such as marketing, finance, sales, you name it. However, as the popularity grew, one issue has become more and more prevalent – Agile in large organizations. To which Agile community has seemed to prepared…
Today project management community is buzzing about Agile. Since its move from small developer groups into the large corporate field, everyone seems to want a piece. And really I am not one to blame them. Agile has proved to improve productivity, make processes more efficient and have an outcome that is more likely to be what your client wanted in the first place. Having this in mind and with the new applications allowing to scale…
In the growing popularity of Agile, there have been numerous attempts to scale the practice and make it fit the large company structure. SoS, LeSS, SAFe, DAD and many more attempts to modify Scrum, Kanban and other methods. However, when doing so it becomes easy to lose their essence. Thus coming up with practices that carry only some of the original points and benefits. The question is – should we actually be scaling Agile up?…
Over the years, we have written a lot about Agile. Whether you’re just looking for fundamentals or want to know what’s coming next, you will most certainly find it in this blog. However, you would in fact have to look and we don’t want to bother you, so instead here is a list of our Agile articles. Hope you enjoy!
No blog could call itself Agile without talking about the basics and we certainly know it. Check out these when starting out to learn more about the transition – Transitioning to Agile: Understanding the Methods and Transitioning to Agile: Running Effective Meetings, dive deeper into the Agile structure with Agile Hierarchy – How Are The Methods Related? and Scrum vs. Kanban vs. Scrumban – What’s the difference? and successfully lead the change with the help of Becoming A True Agile Leader.
Want to read all of that in one place? Check out this – The Ultimate Agile Guide, for the basics as well as our inside view and knowledge.
Keeping up with our previous coverage of scaled Agile approaches, this time we want to bring Disciplined Agile Delivery otherwise known as DAD to your attention. Like other similar frameworks it focuses on bringing the small scale practices into the big leagues and on shaping them to fit the new rules. Compared to previously discussed SoS, LeSS and SAFe, DAD is less descriptive and requires more Agile knowledge, however it allows for far greater flexibility within the team. So will you be scaling with DAD?
The framework known as DAD was first mentioned by Scott Ambler and Mark Lines in their book by the same name – Disciplined Agile Delivery. It was designed as a way to move past Scrum while the wholesome view and approach allowed teams to grow from small independent groups into large organizations.
As the need for scaling Agile practices grows, there is also a growing confusion about which of them are the best and which will actually fit your needs. At the first glance, most of the scaled approaches may look the same but in reality picking the right one is key for successful application. To help you choose your framework, we decided to take a look at Scrum of Scrums (SoS), Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and to write down the key differences as well as similarities between them to help you see how they stack up.
Interested? Let’s dive in!
Both SoS and LeSS rely solely on Scrum, applying its practices and roles at a larger scale. This makes these approaches ideal for teams that are already using Scrum and want to scale up without having to go through a large reorganization for it.
It is becoming more and more evident that the future of Agile lies in large companies and scaled approaches. It may be hard to believe at first, but the data of Agile usage in 2015 proves this is where the methodology is going next. One of the most popular ways to scale Agile today is Scrum of Scrums. And while many companies have adopted this practice already, we thought it might be interesting for others to know just how exactly it works.
Scrum of Scrums has been originally defined by Jeff Sutherland and is designed to deliver working software of all teams to the Definition of Done at the end of the Sprint. To make sure this happens, the Scrum of Scrums Master is held accountable and has to be able to ensure that all the processes works. But before getting into the details, let us step back to the beginning.
As the summer is slowly but surely taking over our minds, the office life becomes slower and more relaxed. Most large projects are put off or have extended deadlines and most of our team is missing at some point or another. This is why summer is a great time to reflect on your teamwork, achievements and think of possible changes for the future. Who knows, what may come out as a result – a renewed conference room, new team structure or even a company wide reorganization. This is why this time we want to introduce and talk about LeSS – Large Scaled Scrum.
The interest and need to scale agile practices is not a new thing, it has first appeared shortly after agile gained success and proved its worth as a project management approach. The issue with it however, was the fact that it can only serve a small team effectively and is not created to be used as an organizational structure. Therefore several practices to scale agile have appeared on the horizon, amongst the more known ones we have the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Disciplined Agile Development (DAD) and the Large Scaled Scrum (LeSS) which we want to talk about today.
LeSS was introduced to the Agile community by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde. Differently than other scaled Agile approaches, they put the focus on keeping the original agile values and the reasoning behind them when scaling up. They wanted to ensure that using scrum in a larger group of people would still be as beneficial as it was with a single team. As a result, when adopted, LeSS feels like a natural evolution from a small startup of a few people to a corporation of a thousand.