Category Archives: scaling

When NOT to scale

We had a great webinar yesterday on this topic. We defined scaling (which has many definitions) as 3 Teams working together on the same “product”.   Here are the drawings and some related slides: Not_Scaling_Jan_2021_2021-01-26_15.01.41 This is PDF of drawings on the iPad Not Scaling – 4 ideas V2 PDF from Keynote   Enjoy!

Blog Posts About Scaling – 3 of 3

Here is the last of 3 listings of our blog posts regarding Scaling.  3 of 3. Scaling: How about the “Don’t do it!” option?   Scaling Workshop Montreal Spotify Scaling Model The Scaling Dilemma Scaling Whitepaper   7 Actionable Ideas Now   Scrum at Scale – 4 parts        

Blog Posts about Scaling – 2 of 3

More blog posts about Scaling.  2 of 3. Starting with Scaling Teams are More Important than Scaling A different kind of Scaling problem   Basic Agile ‘scaling’ terms   New Scaling Workshop Proposal: Scaling Workshop Our Scaling Workshop – What and Why?   SAFe, LeSS, DAD, and ScrumPLOP  

Blog Posts about Scaling – 1 of 3

Here are our blog posts so far about Scaling. Post 1 of 3. Learning from the Toronto Scaling Workshop Scaling Workshop – New thoughts Frameworks to Scale Agile – Some comments Alternatives to scaling Scale down! Scaling with Agile: A Patterns Approach Scaling, Part 2 Scaling: Don’t forget the Team  

Our Scaling Workshop – What and Why?

Here is a 5-minute video on our Scaling Workshop. We think this 1-day workshop is the best way to improve both iteratively and incrementally toward better scaling. What is Scaling anyway? We explain the why, the activities and the results. We hope you find it interesting and want to talk more. Click here to see the current […]

New HBR article… Agile at Scale

Thanks for Rijon Erickson, we can link you to a great HBR article now: Agile at Scale by Rigby, Sutherland, and Noble. Enjoy!

Alternatives to scaling

Here is an email I recently sent. (Slightly modified.)  Said quickly, but some key points. *** Hi all, Just wanted to share these ideas quickly.  Some may find them new, and some people may not. First: In this context I am defining scaling as 3 teams working together on one product. The reason we want […]

Scale down!

In some situations you feel forced to scale. We recommend: Scale down. George Harrison has a nice song called “Cheer Down!” which is a play on the idea of “cheer up!” Similarly, in my opinion, too many people want to scale up and create more and more layers and add complexity to scaling. This is […]

Spotify Scaling Model

Here is some reference information about the Spotify scaling model. Most of this information is via Henrik Kniberg. Here is the key article: “Scaling Agile @ Spotify with Tribes, Squads, Chapters & Guilds” — A blog post (2012). It also links to a longer article in the third paragraph which is pretty key. Here are […]

The Team sucks, the Backlog sucks, the Done Done sucks! I know! Let’s scale that!

I just led a discussion with Agile Charleston on this topic. The idea for this topic comes from a talk by Mike Cottmeyer at the Scrum Gathering in Orlando. I agreed with Mike that these three are three of the most common problems with teams, and they are fundamental. (One might argue that X is […]