Project Management

Agility At Scale

The first step in scaling agile is to move from partial methods to a full-fledged, disciplined delivery process. The second step is to understand eight scaling factors and determine which are applicable to the range of complexities your project teams face. Here, agile thought leader Scott Ambler presents his scaling model.

The first step to scaling agile strategies is to adopt a disciplined agile delivery lifecycle which scales mainstream agile construction techniques to address the full delivery process, from project initiation to deployment into production. The second step is to recognize which scaling factors, if any, are applicable to a project team and then tailor your adopted strategies accordingly to address the complexities that the team faces.

The Agile Scaling Model (ASM) defines a roadmap for effective adoption and tailoring of agile strategies to meet the unique challenges faced by software and system delivery teams. Figure 1 presents an overview of the ASM, depicting how the ASM distinguishes between three scaling categories:

1. Agile development. Agile methods, such as Scrum and Extreme Programming (XP), are self organizing, have a value-driven system development lifecycle (SDLC), and address a portion of the development lifecycle (typically construction). These methods, and their practices — such as daily stand up meetings and requirements …


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