July 2, 2015

Herding cats, or the art of scaling Agile teams

Slides for Dave Sharrock presentation on applying Agile at scale at CWC PMI meeting on 15 April 2015

I enjoyed the opportunity to share some thoughts on applying Agile at scale at the Canadian West Coast Chapter PMI meeting in Vancouver a few weeks ago.

Managing the evolution of a single product working with a small number of teams is somewhat straightforward. Working from a single backlog, the product roadmap becomes relatively easy to visualize, and planning and tracking is simple. As we increase the complexity of the product, things become harder. Different teams require different backlogs. Different products require work from different teams. Before you know it, there are lots of independent moving parts, and coordination costs increase and dependencies dominate. In this talk, we consider core principles and practices for scaling in an agile world, and discuss how to move from a handful of teams to many teams and many product lines.


Image of davesharrock

Dave Sharrock

Agile coach passionate about getting things done; helping teams exceed expectations, delivering organizational excellence, and all while having fun doing what they do.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Image of davesharrock

Dave Sharrock

Agile coach passionate about getting things done; helping teams exceed expectations, delivering organizational excellence, and all while having fun doing what they do.

Latest Posts

Manage flow, not people!

Flow is King. Agility is a side-effect.

Image of mikefreislich

Mike Freislich

Double Down on Scrum Fundamentals: Help Remote Teams Thrive

Teams have moved to remote work: the great news for Scrum teams is that you already have the building blocks in place allowing you to succeed

Image of daniellynn

Daniel Lynn

Agile Coach
Image of davesharrock

Dave Sharrock

Agile coach passionate about getting things done; helping teams exceed expectations, delivering organizational excellence, and all while having fun doing what they do.
Image of barbara.schultz

Barbara Schultz

Complexity, Chaos, and COVID-19

Applying Cynefin & Complexity Thinking to navigate the COVID-19 crisis: a panel webinar recorded on April 2, 2020

Image of davesharrock

Dave Sharrock

Agile coach passionate about getting things done; helping teams exceed expectations, delivering organizational excellence, and all while having fun doing what they do.

Like a breath of fresh air...

Boost your Easter weekend with Carrington-Brown's Rap for agile42

Image of marion

Marion Eickmann

I am one of the founders and the executive director at agile42. I have supported strategic product development and leadership development for longer than 15 years. Since 2007 I have been realizing local and global agile projects with agile42's international team successfully. You like to talk about: ORGANIC agility, complexity, resilience, organizational culture & Agile? Just send an email :-)