digital is not just technology
it is how technology is changing the conditions under which business is done
In my last article I shared some techniques for identifying and fixing problems that were getting in the way of your business agility. This is something every modern organisation needs to tackle if they want to remain competitive in our digital age.
In my last article I discussed the difficulties of introducing agile at scale using 'out of the box' frameworks; that it is a misconception that these frameworks will solve your agile scaling problems.
So are you trying to scale Agile? Join everyone else. And of course, vendors are queuing up to help you do it. Going for the SAFe Scaled Agile Framework? Or perhaps you’re implementing the Spotify Model or Large Scale Scrum (LeSS). There are plenty to choose from.
Outsourcing software delivery capability has been a trend over the last few decades. Even outsourced Agile models have seen successes. However, with more focus on dynamic digital software products, rapidly evolving customer needs and empowered product teams, has the outsourced software model run its course?
Managing technology change programmes can often feel like a ‘bloody trail of gangster revenge’. The 1971 film Get Carter describes Jack Carter’s (Michael Caine's) quest for vengeance as 'following a complex trail of lies, deceit, cover-ups and backhanders’. The pun-intended Kata learning technique that sits behind Toyota's Lean success provides a painless alternative for delivering programmes successfully in the dynamic digital era.
So you’ve trained up the team in Agile practices, sent your programme managers and architects on a scaled agile boot-camp and you’re ready to deliver your largest Agile programme.
Are you one of the many large organisations trying to get Agile to work but just can't seem to make it scale?