Scaling Agile: Choosing Key Components
Preparing for a couple of conference presentations recently, I started thinking about a graphic to illustrate the key components of scaling agile projects, many of which have been discussed in prior Advisors. Visualize a house structure with a roof, a foundation, and three pillars (see Figure 1). The roof is business goals -- the rationale for implementing agile methods and scaling to larger agile projects. The foundation is agile values or principles -- principles that need careful interpretation as to how to apply them to larger teams. And finally, the three pillars: organization, product backlog, and process/practice. Each of these pillars then has three levels (the graphic has three levels, but the actual number on projects or programs depends on the project size).
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