Agile At Scale Needs Work

Agile at scale is tough. I’m a certified practitioner. I’ve seen it tried here or there. I’ve rarely seen it go according to paper. Some have done a bad job. Some have done worse. Some have tried. Grass-roots agile at scale is an uphill battle without enterprise-wide value.

The best is when the culture pivots around people.

Helping (not delighting) human customers is the goal, a good experience is a driver, upper management’s conviction looks like funding, and there are practicing evangelists throughout the organization. That means empowered people are actually getting their hands dirty while driving strategy and agility. That is not perfect, but there is hope even if there are battles to make it happen.

In that culture, don’t give up yet. Keep iterating and delivering value to humans.