Here…There…Agile is Everywhere
More and more organizations are adopting Agile as a way to organize business and development. In fact, it’s estimated that at least two-thirds of companies are either “purely Agile” or “leaning towards Agile.” Companies everywhere are realizing the benefits of Agile, the most significant of which include:
- Increased project visibility
- Alignment of business and IT
- More productive teams
- Faster time to market
- Improved methods for managing ever-changing priorities
Agile is undoubtedly expanding within the enterprise. Over the last few years, it has become a buzzword in both the private and public sector. Organizations realize that it’s no longer just a trend, it’s a way of life.
So You’ve Gone Agile. Now What?
So your organization has adopted Agile. That’s fantastic! You probably have multiple teams running around fast and furious with their Agile initiatives. Are these teams implementing Agile best practices? Are you delivering functionality in rapid iterations? If so, it sounds like you’re off to a great start.
While it’s easy for teams to “Go Agile,” at some point, problems might start to surface. Multi-team dependencies (e.g. Team A needs Team B to create software for them so they can complete their sprint) arise, and if collaboration and visibility are compromised, it becomes harder to understand dependencies amongst teams. It also becomes more difficult to ascertain whether all teams are working towards the same strategic vision. Everybody’s running around fast with their Agile shoes on, but are they all running in the correct direction? You need to achieve coordination and visibility amongst your teams…fast. And you don’t want to abandon your Agile initiatives, but you need to find a quick fix for these roadblocks.
Consider an Agile Framework for Scaling Agile
There are several prescriptive frameworks that will guide you in your quest to scale Agile:
Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®)
SAFe is a scalable and configurable framework for multiple teams that combines the power of Agile with Lean product development, DevOps and systems thinking. SAFe helps teams improve productivity, accelerate time-to-market, ensure quality, and engage employees. Businesses report a productivity increase of up to 50% once they’ve implemented SAFe.
Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)
DAD promotes a hybrid Agile approach to IT solution delivery that focuses on people and learning, first and foremost. This methodology combines aspects of Agile Modeling (AM), Extreme Programming (XP), SAFe, Lean product development, Kanban, and more. DAD is goal-driven, scalable, enterprise aware, and has a risk-value lifecycle.
Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)
This lightweight Agile framework scales Scrum to multiple teams. It differs from other scaling frameworks in that it is minimalistic and promotes empiricism on a large scale. This framework allows teams to tailor their implementations based on experiences and context rather than rules, processes or artifacts. LeSS is customer-centric and promotes direct interaction with the customer when creating roadmaps and identifying priorities and long-term goals.
Whatever framework or methodology you choose, Isos is here to help you every step of the way. We’ll walk you through scaling Agile, and best of all, you won’t have to leave behind the Atlassian tools you love, like Jira and Confluence. Whatever framework or process you choose for scaling Agile, rest assured that we’ve done it before, and we’ll do it again for you using the Atlassian toolset.
Isos Uses Best-in-Class Solutions to Scale Agile for Organizations
An Agile portfolio management tool built specifically for Jira, Advanced Roadmaps (formerly Portfolio) is highly effective for small teams. With this tool, you can plan and forecast dates, optimize schedules, forecast in real time, and manage availabilities so you can meet deadlines and deliver on time.
The newest member of the Atlassian family, Jira Align scales Agile at an enterprise level. Jira Align increases visibility amongst teams and accelerates productivity, yielding increased ROI. Formerly Agile Craft, this product bridges the complexity gap and delivers on its promise of the lean enterprise to large organizations. Jira Align is a cloud solution that comes in three different varieties: Essential, Professional and Enterprise. You can hand pick your product based on your organization’s Agile needs.
There are several apps available on the Atlassian Marketplace, like Structure and Big Picture, that can help companies of all shapes and sizes in their quest to scale Agile. Isos Technology is a Marketplace expert and can assist your team in determining which apps are best for your organization’s specific requirements.
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