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Scaling Agile Teams: Principles and Practices: Esther Derby
    Wednesday August 15, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm @ Texas C
    Agile methods depend on effective cross-functional teams. We’ve heard many Agile success stories…at the team level. But what happens when a product can’t be delivered by one team? What do you do when the “team” that’s needed to work on a particular product is 20 people? Or 20 teams? One response is to create a coordinating role, decompose work, or add layers of hierarchy. Those solutions introduce overhead and often slow down decision making. There are other options to link teams, and ensure communication and integration across many teams. There are no simple answers. But there are design principles for defining workable arrangements when the product is bigger than a handful of agile teams. In this talk, I'll cover principles and practices and explain how they work together to address coordination, integration, and technical integrity. These are the principles and practices I'll illustrate. 6 Principles: Manage dependencies in the backlog as much as possible
    Aim for long-lived cross-functional teams
    Go as far down the technology stack as feasible
    Organize teams around context boundaries rather than component boundaries were ever possible
    Make cross-context communication explicit
    Avoid late learning Technical Practices: Continuous integration (CI) within context
    Integration across contexts at some other interval (keeping in mind “avoid late learning”)
    Mutually agreed upon and developed automated test across context boundaries
    Architectural & coding standards
    Technical reviews Social Practices: Scrum of Scrums
    Integrating Teams (keeping in mind “avoid late learning”)
    Decision Boundaries
    Component shepherds
    Tech council
    Product council
    I've attached a PDF of the current version of my slides on this topic. I'm sure they will evolve by next August.

    I’m an expert in organizational dynamics and a leading thi…

    Type Enterprise Agile
    Session Type Lecture
    Audience Practicing

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