Agile at Scale Clinic

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AgileAtScaleClinicCoverThe Agile at Scale clinic is designed to help people attempting to do Agile beyond the team, whether it be small scale (< 50), mid-scale (50-300), or large-scale (300+). Much of this focuses on general Lean-Agile approaches. Because the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is a particular approach to Agile at scale, it has its own section in the clinic.

Why This Clinic?

Leaders and managers aren’t looking for “Agile at scale;” they are looking for ways to help their software organization do a better job for the company. And just as importantly, to be noticed within the company (especially its higher levels) for doing so. The value of Agile at scale is that it is helpful towards both ends.

People typically ask two main questions about Agile at Scale:

  • I care about the business performance of our software organization. Is Agile at scale justified by business results?  
  • Our results from expanding Agile have been mixed. What do we have to do to get Agile at scale working?

The first question is for if you’d like to see more about how Agile at scale can help. We will be adding information about this as we go.

The second question is the subject of the rest of this clinic.

Structure

The clinic is organized into five sections; each section focuses on a general topic in doing Agile at scale and offers a collection of frequently asked questions we have heard in our coaching experiences and from users of this portal.

  • Foundations. Lean-Agile concepts that are useful at all scales
  • Mid-Scale. Questions and solutions for those having to coordinate multiple teams but not at true scale yet . his is typically technology organizations of 50-300 people
  • Large-Scale. Questions and solutions for those having to coordinate multiple business stakeholders, multiple teams, shared services and DevOps
  • SAFe. For those people using or considering the Scaled Agile Framework
  • Topical Index. A collections of the articles in each section, essentially forming a book on the subject

Only “take” the sections that apply to you. For instance, if your organization is small, the “Foundations” section may give you all the answers you need.

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Use this clinic to get your questions answered about any topic relating to Agile at scale. We will be adding a few questions and answers every week. If you cannot find some of your questions answered in these pages, though, please let us know on the Agile At Scale forum. We are adding to this clinic all the time and your questions may become our next additions.

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