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Munich, 01 - 05 February 2016


Talk: Mi 3.3
Date: Wed, 03.02.2016
Time: 14:30 - 15:30

Stop scaling … Start Growing an Agile Organization!

Time: 14:30 - 15:30
Talk: Mi 3.3


What to scale? Asking the question triggers the most diverse answers. It nearly seems people don’t know what they want to scale, they just know then „need“ to … it feels like someone presented scaling as the ultimate solution to solve every problem … and now everybody wants to buy it. Way to often the focus about scaling agile lands on the delivery of projects, and explicitly on the operational model behind that. The real challenge lays in how to make an organization learn continuous improvement and embed it into its own culture.

Target Audience: People who want to understand real Agile
Prerequisites: Agile Experience
Level: Practicing

You will learn:
Understanding how to embed continuous improvement into the culture of an organization

Extended Abstract
Why scale?
Pressure to deliver faster causes quality issues and delay, over-budget and stress. The old system of work and control does not seem to work BUT … as we only know that one, we keep on trying reorganizing every 9-12 months and still end up puzzled at how ineffective that turns out to be. It feels like we are running in circles incapable of finding a way out … until … Someone decides to try an agile approach to work, as last resort, somehow as desperate attempt to solve a non well understood problem. Guess what, most of the time the Pilot Project succeeds! And you know why? Because the people who wanted to try it out in the first place, are also those who would do anything to make it succeed … so is that really a Pilot? Does one “probe” clear the way to a whole company roll-out?
The thing is that “agile” very likely didn’t do the trick, what probably did do the trick, is the fact that for the first time in the corporate culture, real teams have been formed, which have been allowed to self-organize. All of a sudden, as a side effect, we got all brain power functioning again! And when motivation is high, with the help of transparency, trust is developed, and accountability and commitment will drive the team towards meaningful results. But can you really copy and paste what that team did to the whole organization? Mistakenly many people end up exactly doing that, coping the practices and the tools, and try to adopt it in the next project. Remember what it is hard to achieve? That cultural shift? Well that means that people are becoming agile and not adopting agile tools and practices, that is what we call long lasting and sustainable organizational agility!