Summer holidays are over and its time for a new post. The focus of today’s post is about Scaling. This subject is on the mind of many people and organizations that want to embark on adopting new processes and practices.
Let us use the climbing of mountains as an analogy to this subject. Like any worthwhile endeavors there are many factors to take into consideration before taking them on. These factors have varying degrees of importance, which are directly linked with your very own organizational context. There is no single magical way to simply apply a formula (i.e. Framework) and expect it to do wonders without getting down into the nitty gritty. If we were to venture on an expedition for a mountain climb, we wouldn’t simply take it head on without context. What would be the preparation required if we were to climb a hill? What if that hill happened to be Mount Everest? We can rapidly assess that our climb and preparation would be different in that case since we have a good visual idea and with a little research we could easily figure out that it is no easy task. In this case, Scaling Scrum or any other processes is the same as moving from our local bunny hill to mount Everest with a distinct difference, it is much more abstract. An organization is a living thing, made up of many layers which are complex (i.e. People), we therefore have to be prepared and have tried our hand at this activity before tackling the holy grail of mountains. On this journey, we are bound to get into trouble and find ourselves with insurmountable chasms or challenges that we could of never foreseen. To the trained and experienced it might all sound so obvious and yet, we can never foresee how the next experience will be like because of the ever changing conditions (i.e. Your organizational contexts). Members of the Teams that are faced with these might or might not be able to tackle on such feats in the short term, so how could we venture forth ? One way might simply be to tread carefully with knowledgeable individuals or teams and see where that leads us.
Assessing your skills and practices is also a good way to get started. As an organization, knowing where one can apply good amounts of work is invaluable in order to gain to most out of your initiatives. Recently, Scrum.org presented Agility Path and it provides that foundation with which you can build on. I invite you to go check it out http://www.scrum.org/agility-path.
Thank you and stay tuned as always,