More Agile and LeSS dysfunction in Large Programs and Product Development

Whilst becoming proficient at single-team Agile is not easy, scaling to many teams and possibly many sites adds many additional challenges.

Often these challenges include...

1. Water-Scrum-Fall 
2. The 'contract game' and its misalignment with "customer collaboration over contract negotiation" 
3. Inability to optimise value across the whole product as information emerges 
4. Release rigidity - inability to adjust scope and/or release timing in order to maximise value for money 
5. Limited visibility and transparency 
6. Dependency hell 
7. Skills bottlenecks 
8. Lack of design and architectural alignment whilst avoiding 'ivory tower' architecture 
9. Lack of cross-team learning 
10. Inability to resolve organisational mis-alignment issues outside of delivery teams

Not all frameworks marketed as Agile are designed to address these problems.

In this session, we will introduce Large-Scaled Scrum (LeSS) as an organisational design framework and illustrate how it provides solutions to problems that commonly lead to friction, deliver challenges and difficulties realising the benefits of Agile within large programs and product development efforts.

We will outline each organisational dysfunction / scaling challenge, and connect these with the elements of LeSS that avoid the dysfunction or greatly LeSSen the problem. LeSS has been implemented in a variety of large-scale product development groups in a wide variety of domains including...

• telecom-equipment creators such as Ericsson & Nokia Networks 
• investment and retail banks such as JP Morgan Chase and BAML 
• trading-system creators such as ION Trading 
• gaming site creators such as bwin 
• offshore outsourcers such as Valtech India

Even if you are not currently using an Agile approach, you are likely to find much of this material insightful - both in terms of how Scrum works and how Agile methods address challenges typical of large programs and product development efforts.

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