Another week has passed, and of course there has been continued sniping against advocates for the Scaled Agile Framework. Yes, you guessed right, this is another rant about why some do not like alternative frameworks.
This week, I passed my Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Agilist certification, with a score of 89% (46 questions out of 52 right). Whilst I am happy to have added a better understanding of another approach to scaling agility in large organizations, not everyone shares my enthusiasm.
Should key terms be written with leading capitals or in sentence case? Should someone be known as a Product Owner or product owner? We are used to so many of the terms we encounter and use day-to-day being capitalized. Articles, course, and books all scream them. Why is this? Are these really proper nouns or is it just marketing hype?
Communities of Practice are great, right? Whether you call them Guilds, Centres of Excellence, or Special Interest Groups — it is good to create a space for people who share a common discipline to support their joint professional development. But what happens if these sit in isolated pockets? Welcome to the headache of Villages of Practice.
Are you attempting a large-scale transformation, taking your organisation on a journey to a leaner, fitter future so you can deliver delightful quality customer experiences responsively, seizing market opportunities or tackling problems even before they appear?
If so, then you’ve probably drunk the cool-aid that it’s all about culture, that you have to change the culture to make the change stick, that “culture eats strategy for breakfast“, that tinkering in the engine to give it turbo powers is useless if the driver doesn’t want to drive faster.