It is tempting to transfer successes in applying agile software development methods in small teams to an overall organisation. The buzzword is Scaling Agile. SAFe in particular is booming – a framework for scaling agility in an organisation. Accordingly, the number of training courses and experts is increasing steadily.
The market for scaling agility still appears to be dynamic and not saturated. But there are already providers of certification programs and frameworks like SAFe or LeSS at this early stage.
Agile experts like to talk about the new normal. There seems to be common sense that scaled agility provides a good answer to an increasing complexity that many organisations face today. But what scaling agility is all about, experts don’t seem to agree on yet.
Inspired by an article on agility by Benjamin P. Taylor, University of Oxford, published on LinkedIn, four types of experts can be distinguished:
But rather than opting for one expert’s mantra now, agility on a large scale can also be understood as the evolution of collaboration that comes with increasing complexity in product innovation. Thus, if agility is understood as the result of an evolution pressure, then an organiation evolves toward agility to the extent and at the speed required by its own business model.
Of course, as described above, the right structures, methods, practical relevance and mindset are just as important here. However, this is from a different perspective than that provided by the four types of agile experts described above: the focus is not on the mantra of experts, but on the need for their own agility.
A joint discussion of these issues of scaled agile collaboration by all employees involved is critical to success. From our experience, experts can even have a counterproductive effect if they engage the employees involved to such an extent that, in the worst case, they have an inhibiting effect on them. Agility can literally be understood better by asking the right questions than it can be understood by the teachings of an expert.
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