Scaled Agile Framework: The Gods Have Spoken

Today marks an important milestone in our Agile transformation here at Valpak.  We put in place the final major piece of Dean Leffingwell’s Scaled Agile Framework , the Architecture Kanban, or what I like to refer to as our Mount Olympus.

Architecture Kanban BoardThe Scaled Agile Framework has served as our goal for scaling Agile across our enterprise.  Even though Agile structures differ greatly from company to company, it’s important to have a common framework to consider for large scaled implementations such as ours.  It wasn’t reasonable or realistic to think that we could implement the entire Scaled Agile Framework in one fell swoop, so we took it in pieces like building blocks throughout the past year.  Even though we had strong top-down support for Agile, we chose to implement the Scaled Agile Framework from the bottom-up by establishing the Agile teams first, back in October 2011.  We currently have 9 Scrum teams and 2 Kanban teams at the Agile teams (bottom) layer of the Scaled Agile Framework.  Shortly after the Agile teams were established, we got smart about road-mapping and release management with the middle layer of the Scaled Agile Framework in mind.  Most recently, we implemented the Portfolio Kanban at the top layer of the Scaled Agile Framework with our leadership team of Executive Sponsors (which this aspect alone deserves a blog post unto itself some day).  Now, we’ve got the Architecture Kanban complete with a Mount Olympus themed board as shown in the pic.  I’ve always joked with the Architects about how they are like the Gods of Mount Olympus throwing the occasional lighting bolts and declaring “The Gods have spoken!”.  Well now, the Gods have spoken and we are well on our way to successfully scaling Agile across the enterprise.


About Stephanie Davis

Stephanie Davis is Senior Director of Enterprise Agility & Digital Product Leadership at Cox Target Media. In this role, Stephanie champions agility across the enterprise, leads the Agile PMO, and manages the CTM portfolio while also overseeing the Digital Product Leadership team. Stephanie leads the team of Agile Project Leaders in the roles of ScrumMaster, Kanban Lead, and/or Agile Project Manager as well as overseeing the IT Business Analysts. Stephanie is a career project leader with over 16 years in the field, including past positions with AT&T Business and IBM Global Services, and has maintained the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification since early in her career. She also maintains the PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM) credentials. Her academic credentials include a BS in Marketing and an MBA in International Business. Stephanie serves and supports Agile within her community and beyond as organizer for the Tampa Bay Agile Meetup and the Agile Open Florida. Most recently, Stephanie has been elected to the Agile Alliance board for the 2015 to 2017 term. View all posts by Stephanie Davis

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