Illuminating the full potential of Scrum by comparing LeSS with SAFe

A session at Scrum Australia 2016

Thursday 28th April, 2016

11:45am to 12:35pm (EST)

We can learn a lot about what good Scrum is and is not by studying the differences between Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). These scaling frameworks differ dramatically in terms of:
• the organisational problems that they are designed to solve,
• the principles they align to,
• the performance characteristics that you can expect from their adoption and
• the degree to which they leverage and align to Scrum.

In shedding light on these differences we illuminate the big picture implications of Scrum and draw out widely overlooked implications of Scrum implementation that are particularly powerful. You will discover how Scrum, when implemented as intended, has the potential to achieve the following, not just with a single team but at a scale of up to thousands of people.

1. Scale vertically, not just horizontally to help thousands pull together as one.
2. Reduce bureaucracy and increase business-development collaboration.
3. Transform the win-lose contract game between business and IT into a win-win collaboration game.
4. Focus everyone on the end-customer and re-structure around this.
5. Produce a potentially shippable product increment every fortnight.
6. Enable the organisation to "turn on a dime, for a dime".
7. Enable resilient self-correcting of both What customer value is created and How it is created.
8. Radically simplify organisational structure without the overheads of unnecessary specification, co-ordination and reporting roles.
9. Unleash the potential of real self-managing teams without this being unwittingly constrained.
10. Allow managers to shift from managing the what, the how and tracking to the much more impactful work of capability building.

This session also provides insights that many assist with making an informed choice as to which scaling framework to adopt in your organisation.

This session is not an introduction to LeSS and SAFe. For introductory information about these scaling methods see:

LeSS https://less.works
SAFe http://www.scaledagileframework.com

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Rowan Bunning

Principal Trainer and Agile Coach at Scrum WithStyle bio from LinkedIn

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