Implementation and Integration

There is no one right way to have teams coordinate with each other. Some of the key factors to consider are:

  • how dependent are the teams with each other?
  • what is the business planning cadence that drives the development group?
  • is a set increment in a time-box for the program (SAFe’s program increment is one example) or a flow model with cadence across the program better?
  • how long should the time-box/cadence of delivery be?

Coordinating teams must be driven by value realization. This means that we must use slice the items that come into our product backlogs into vertical slices that can pulled by the teams together. Here are two case studies that show how to do that:

  1. Aligning Multiple Teams with Lean-Agile Thinking.
  2. Product Manager and Product Owner (Case Study).


If you want to learn more about FLEX you can take an online course at the Net Objectives University or take a live course in Orange County, CA May 7-9 or in Seattle in June (both led by Al Shalloway). If you want to learn about how to adopt FLEX in your organization please contact the author, Al Shalloway