10 Takeaways from Agile at Scale at S & P Global [#Agile #AgileAtScale #AgileTakeways]

10 Takeaways from Agile at Scale at S & P Global [#Agile #AgileAtScale #AgileTakeways]

1. Iterative Rollout
2. Start with Technology Teams
3. Minimize Dependences between New Agile Teams and Other Teams
4. Embody Characteristics that Define Agile
5. Prioritize Leadership Commitment
6. Co-locate Design Teams
7. Assign Capable People to Fulfill Product Owner and Scrum Master Positions
8. Incentivize Employees with Visual Dashboards and Metrics
9. Separate Groups United into One Community
10. Set Concrete Goals

1. Iterative Rollout
Adopting Agile at scale in a large organization is successful when the rollout is iterative over a controlled time period.

2. Start with Technology Teams
Start the adoption effort with technology teams. Once the Agile methodologies are in place, the organisation can boost its maturity and loop in non-technology teams over time.

3. Minimize Dependences between New Agile Teams and Other Teams
Minimize dependencies between new agile teams and other teams who have yet to be transformed. One way to do that is to build the migration around projects, transforming all teams on one or more projects.

4. Embody Characteristics that Define Agile
Executives, employees, and new hires who embody the characteristics that define Agile – being flexible, responsive, transparent, collaborative, adaptive, and multidisciplinary – are the best change agents to push the Agile adoption.

5. Prioritize Leadership Commitment
Prioritize leadership commitment to driving this workplace change. If they do not expand their bandwidth to eagerly invest their own time in participating, overall efforts to adopt Agile at scale will stymie.

6. Co-locate Design Teams
Design teams to be co-located to plug people into where the business needs them most while avoiding interference on Scrum stand-ups from conflicting time zones.

7. Assign Capable People to Fulfill Product Owner and Scrum Master Positions
Product Owners are the voice of the customer for the team, and Scrum Masters set the team up for success through collaboration and facilitation. Assign capable people to fulfill these positions who will hold themselves accountable for driving the transformation.

8. Incentivize Employees with Visual Dashboards and Metrics
Incentivize employees with visual dashboards and metrics to encourage competition and make winning possible. Teambuilding exercises to boost interaction will drive positive participation and performance.

9. Separate Groups United into One Community
When everyone uses Agile, a common culture built through teamwork and collaboration unites separate groups into one community.

10. Set Concrete Goals
Setting concrete goals for both the adoption itself and each team makes conversation and problem-solving possible, even if the rollout is not followed perfectly.

Adapted From
Agile at Scale:
S&P Global

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