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April 22, 2019
Evaluating approaches to scaling agile and scrum
By: Shawn Belling

Decoding Agile and Scrum Scaling Approaches

As large organizations—and organizations that aspire to be larger—adopt agile and scrum practices to help achieve their goals, competing methods for achieving that scale vie for their attention. The various options are not one size fits all approaches. If you want to make important contributions to organizations that are leveraging agile and scrum methods and scaling them to larger applications, you should understand the various approaches as well as how to determine when it is time to scale and how to choose among the approaches.

Gaining knowledge of some established approaches for scaling agile and when to use them will help your professional growth and ensure that you deliver business value by helping your organization scale its agile practices. You will be ready to help organizations of every size and type evaluate readiness to scale and select the approach that best fits the situation and the organization.

There are several framework options used with scaling scrum and agile, including Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS), Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), and Scrum@Scale. They all share the common foundations of agile and scrum best practices. However, each has different elements and strengths that make them better suited for different organizational models and sizes. It is critical for you to know these elements and why each is important. Choosing the wrong model can lead to inefficiency and unhappy employees, stakeholders, and customers.

Organizations using agile and scrum have two major considerations when scaling. First, are we ready to scale? Second, which approach is best considering our maturity, size, growth, product and portfolios, and other factors? You should know which approach to scale agile and scrum is the best fit for your organization. You should also be able to assess and analyze the readiness of the organization to leverage agile and scrum to scale.

Are you ready to help organizations scale, grow, and mature their agile and scrum practices and move your career forward? The Accenture Academy courses Analyzing Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS), Analyzing Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Analyzing Scrum@Scale (S@S), and Evaluating Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS), Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), and Scrum@Scale will help you gain agile and scrum accomplishments. Leaders who can analyze organizations and scaling methodologies are leaders who are ready for increasing responsibility!

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