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July 21, 2021

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Robert Briese

Scaling Agility by Descaling Organizational Complexity

Skalierung der Agilität durch Verringerung der organisatorischen Komplexität

Scrum, Extreme Programming and other agile frameworks have been introduced more than 20 years ago to improve the way software is developed, to get better business results and at the same time improve the life of development teams. Nowadays it’s more and more clear to managers in all business areas, not only IT, why such frameworks based on empirical process control are much more successful in complex systems like business environments than old ways of project management. Unfortunately, the mentioned frameworks are designed for teams up to 9 people and courses like the Scrum Master certifications are focused on how to introduce the agile way of working in a team not in an organisation.

In this talk I will make the case that to achieve true agility an organization needs to descale the complexity of processes and roles. We will discuss the organizational design implications that Scrum (as an agile framework) creates both regarding structure and policies. We will discuss what it takes for an organization to adhere to the foundational principles that support Agile software development as conceived in the Agile Manifesto. Furthermore I will provide learnings from adopting Scrum in large organizations with hunderds of developers.

Robert Briese

Robert is one of 23 certified LeSS Trainers globally and one of the few with hands-on experience in LeSS and LeSS Huge. As a change agent for 15+ years, consulting and coaching, he has worked with over 30 companies, including DAX-listed global brands such as Adidas, BMW, BP, Dr. Oetker, Henkel, Hilti, Hugo Boss, SAP, Volkswagen, and ZF.

From 2015 to 2016 he led a LeSS adoption at a Global Player in the Software Industry, scaling development from 3 to 7 teams and coaching the development and the management team on how to lead a scaled agile organization. In 2018 he contributed to significant improvements in product delivery at one of the biggest LeSS Huge adoptions in the world at BMW AG. Working with over 30 teams, including large groups of over 400 employees, he led them to deliver bi-weekly product increments consisting of hardware and software.

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