Agile thinking (and it’s methodologies) has many benefits. By focusing on adding value, removing waste and using short cycles fueled by team collaboration it is possible to deliver more, better results in a shorter timeframe. This promise and the proven effectiveness of Agile teams has led to many companies adopting Agile. The origin of Agile lies in small to medium enterprises and this is quite different from corporate environments.
The organizational and political complexity combined with legal / compliance require- ments and the sheer size of big organisations create challenges that do not exist in smaller companies.
This article aims to avoid method madness so let’s keep it simple: Agile is about values and principles that lead to value generation and collaboration. And Scrum is a method to apply these. Due to its lightweight and easy to understand nature it’s the most widespread Agile methodology. It has very little rules and only 3 roles (see figure 1 below on p2).
What is Scaled Agile?
The Scaled Agile Framework is a collection of Agile practices conveniently organized in a such a way that it provides guidance on how to apply these at scale.
The framework can help to achieve the benefits of Agile teams in large enterprise projects. It can be used to over- come the complexity issues that come with scale and to effectively deliver Agile programs. It also contains practices to setup Agile Portfolio Management.
Me, Method Mad?
Provocative coaching is a challenging, strong coaching style that alternates stimulating confrontation with liberat- ing humor and perspective. The roots of this style lie in pro- vocative therapy, a movement in psychotherapy. The idea is that people can take a challenge: it shakes them awake and makes them resilient. If you want them to succeed, don’t mollycoddle them; confront them with themselves and prod them. Elements of reverse psychology play a role: “You want the donkey to lead the way? Then pull its tail’.