Stop trying to scale agile, de-scale your organization! Let your people have more options to deliver value.
Most effort in large organizations goes into “cover my ass” kind of “work”. In most code I’ve seen in my life I could easily see the pain and lack of safety of the people creating it. As Conway said: a complex, bureaucratic organization can only deliver a complex, bureaucratic system.
We model our organisations based on out-dated thinking. In contrast to engineers and architects, we are not constrained by physical boundaries. We build software! We seriously limit our potential by using the wrong mental models. The scaling challenges we’re facing are results of a broken paradigm. And I want to offer a new way to look at it, which actually is the original intent of Scrum as I understand it.
Scrum is designed to remove models, to break rules, not to be warped to fit them. It’s a means to find out what doesn’t help in a system and experiment with alternatives. Scrum allows you to de-scale your organisation with a focus on the only asset that will ever produce value: your people. You will learn something about humans, human organisations, and what you’ve never been told before about Scrum.
I will give you things to think and talk about, and lots of ideas to put into practice.
Expect a provocative talk of max 40 min and a hopefully controversial conversation.