Why are agile organizations different from traditional organizations? Key differentiators are rapid feedback, short learning cycles and accelerated adaptation. Feedback enables agile centric cultures to calibrate practices that enhance team’s ability to generate customer value better than the competitors.
Team is the fundamental unit that produces value, not individuals. A scrum team enabled by agile principles, values, behaviors delivers value employing subject matter expertise (domain knowledge), technical practices(XP, reviews) and artifacts (architecture, design practices). As teams scale connected complexity increases. Practices within a team need scaling too. Collaboration,Capability and Culture form the foundation to scale agility across enterprise. …
Not everything that can be counted, counts .Not everything that counts can be counted. — William Bruce Cameron.
Story point indicates effort level assigned to a story compared to that of a reference story, not the effort content. It is the team’s perspective, not a material quantity, and hence not a measure. Effort is viewed as a “mix of the volume of work, complexity, and uncertainty”. The mix is based on team skills, talent, overall expertise, organizational factors (team structure, team type, alignment, autonomy, process integration, engineering environments). A raft of factors determines the score. …
Venkat Kalakkad is a consultant agile transformation lead. He is a certified Scaleable Agile Framework Program Consultant (SPC5).