Agile methodology is considered the mounting framework for large-scale businesses. But you need to understand how to transition your organization into the framework of Agile. Below are five effective and simple strategies for scaling Agile:
1. Begin with an MVP:
CD (Continuous Delivery) is the strategy of software development that delivers accessible, high-quality software to buyers. The release of MVP (Minimum Viable Product) is an essential process to receive early feedback and keep track of usage structures to conduct test hypotheses. MVP saves engineering time that is wasted and preserves features like gold plating within big software teams.
2. Create one product backlog:
A product backlog in Agile is the collection of tasks that need to be completed before the release of code. One group backlog has to be maintained by the product managers for all teams. Keeping one backlog helps you to focus on the tasks that are of high priority while giving access at all times to all contributors. This creates a coordinated project environment and prevents miscommunication.
3. Build a cooperative culture:
To enhance the teamwork of Agile, host meetings of “three amigos” that involve the product owner, tester, and developer to test feature suggestions and review requirements on the backlog. The business needs are expressed by the product owner, the implementation details are explained by the programmer, and potential problems are considered by the tester. This enables the encouragement of different standpoints and gives group consensus on the status of the project.
4. Use a large-scale framework of Agile:
In large enterprises, the three prominent frameworks adopted are DAD (Disciplined Agile Delivery), SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework), and LeSS (Large Scale Scrum). With guided training and certifications, the frameworks are considered to be ideal for expanding, small practices. SoS (Scrum of Scrums) is another prominent approach as it adopts informal training.
The main disadvantage of these frameworks is that they can direct the rethinking of a structured organization. This might be challenging for big companies. All the three frameworks of Agile are established on the ideas emerging in Scrum testing.
SAFe comprises people between five to nine and uses the program, portfolio, and team levels with Scrum practice for two weeks in XP (extreme programming) strategies. Each team’s scrum will have SAFe teams between 5 to 10 as a portion of the “agile team release” at the program phase. The portfolio level specifies how agile leaders and executives can employ processes such as value teams to systematize features.
Mark Lines and Scott Ambler created DAD. It is designed on existing Agile strategies and uses conception, construction, and transition stages. It is helpful in the design and architectural areas in the inception stage and is suitable for deployment at the level of transition.
Bas Vodde and Craig Larman created LeSS. It consists of two frameworks. Smaller companies use Framework-1, while larger companies use Framework-2. LeSS sets various feature teams on one product owner and develops on the fundamental Scrum framework. It is non-prescriptive, most beneficial, and more flexible in smaller projects.
5. Take training courses and pursue certifications:
Scaled Agile Academy provides training on all three phases of SAFe. It helps executives, developers, consultants, managers, and testers to gain certifications. Disciplined Agile Consortium gives training and provides certifications for people to be a Certified Disciplined Agile Coach, Certified Disciplined Agilist, or Disciplined Agilist.
For LeSS training, certifications available are Certified LeSS and Certified LeSS Practitioner for Executives. Programs like Professional ScrumMaster and Certified ScrumMaster help students in assessing the basic knowledge of Scrum.