Under the term agile we find various frameworks for structuring the way teams work. When it comes to enterprise agility it’s no different as we have various agile enterprise frameworks that provide direction for how teams work together on strategic organizational solutions. Together these frameworks provide a knowledge base for organizations to pick from in order to advance toward their desired end state.
Let’s have a look at six of the more popular agile enterprise frameworks available today:
Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)
DAD encourages you to make certain decisions at different points in product delivery and doesn’t require you to use any specific method to make your organization agile. It offers general guidance instead, by giving you goals and possible approaches for reaching those goals. It’s up to you to choose the frameworks and practices that work for you.
Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)
LeSS is a framework with many of the team Scrum elements, so it tends to feel more familiar to most. Such elements include sprint planning, backlogs, sprints, daily sprint meetings and sprint retrospectives. The main difference between LeSS and Scrum is that LeSS has various teams working in various ‘lanes’ on different sprints. It’s not uncommon for inter team coordination and collaboration.
Lean Product Delivery
A process to reduce waste in process and product through elimination of any unnecessary effort. This includes excessive steps to achieve value to the customer. The ultimate goal is to reduce waste and maximize value.
Kanban is a pull system that requires team members to pull work from the ‘next up’ state as their capacity allows. Kanban or signal cards are used to represent the work on the team’s Kanban board, which also flags to the next lane that work is ready to be consumed. A bottleneck is present when cards pile up in one state, and teams should be accustomed to eliminating bottlenecks and ensuring constant flow. The ultimate goal of any Kanban is continuous flow of value.
Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
SAFe is a collection of principles, frameworks and practices that sets out to combine the best of top-down management with the best of agile. Teams of teams (known as Agile Release Trains or ART’s) work together to achieve the organizational strategy. SAFe is a heavier framework with many constructs, organizational layers, roles and tools geared toward optimal solution delivery. Check out our SAFe training suite here.
Spotify Engineering Culture
A collection of agile frameworks and practices that’s anchored by a strong culture of trust, mutual respect and innovation. Squads (teams) and Tribes (team of teams) are encouraged to release regularly through experimentation and continuous improvement. A culture of ‘fail fast, learn fast’ is instilled in the organization.
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