Scaling is a holistic challenge, but a rewarding one that needs to be undertaken to achieve organisational agility.
Scaling provides a particular problem in an agile sense because the essence of agile is to break things down into smaller manageable chunks. As such, the concept of scaling up seems counter-intuitive. So there's definitely a balance that needs to be reached.
Scaling is required to deal with big problems and complex user needs. As such it requires more people, which implies multiple teams - and so complexity increases.
Scaling is about being able to build, test and release software quickly and effectively, feeding in changes to a bigger suite of products or a bigger service.
It involves making communication, testing, assuring, and decision making clear and easy to manage at all levels and ensuring everyone in your organisation is working towards the same visions and goals. It involves creating an environment that's conducive to a way of working that allows your teams to be empowered, creative and effective, delivering valuable services that meet customer needs.
Scaling agile effectively means understanding all of these factors and having the knowledge and experience to utilise tactical agile techniques to design an appropriate strategic solution. That's agile in action.
There are a variety of off-the-shelf frameworks that can provide a starting point for scaling. We don't advocate or discourage use of any of these - we believe that these are all tools, but the right solution will differ for different organisations.
We often find that you don't need to go far from the agile manifesto itself to design and implement a bespoke strategic scaled agile solution.
This topic has strong links leadership and some of the other topics that we provide through training and coaching, so would be complimentary learning.
If you need help with scaling-up agile for your organisation, then we can help. Just get in touch.