Scaled Agile & DevOps
As if the world of projects is not complicated enough there are now multiple ways of conducting these projects. Many companies still work in a traditional fashion but Agile cannot be called the new kid on the block anymore; the need for agility is here to stay. So what does that mean for your company? And how can Odysseus support you in making the right choices moving forward?
Agility: need for speed
By now you must have heard the story of the wise men of the agile manifesto who gathered in 2001 to determine the agile values and principles. This was a response to an ever faster changing world of technology. Adapting to change more rapidly has become a survival tactic for many companies.
So how to become more adaptable or agile? This is the main question that needed to be answered. Initially Scrum seemed the answer as it is a framework for developing and sustaining complex products. A lot of the terminology and practices seem to be becoming common practice in more and more organisations. Simple on paper, harder in practice. With a focus on team level you can increase your agility up to a certain extent. But what happens when you work in a multi team environment with multiple products? When the complexity increases Scrum does not have all the answers. This is when you need to step up your game and need to investigate Scaled Agile methodologies.
Scaled Agile: welcome to the jungle
Welcome to the jungle! It is filled with scary and pretty things alike. There are several different Scaled Agile methodologies and it can be hard to know which one to choose. It has to feel right and fit your company's needs and expectations. There are methodologies that are easier to transition to from a traditional PPM governance perspective but those beg the question whether your goals for more agility will truly be achieved. Other methodologies break with many layers of hierarchy and require radical change. The question here is whether this is something your organisation wants to commit to as radical change is usually paired with (growing) pain before the positive results are unearthed. Then there are also companies who will want to hold onto their traditional governance and transform into a more hybrid situation. The combinations and forms of how organisations strive toward more agility are endless and thus should be considered thoroughly based on your desired outcome.
DevOps: breaking down the wall
DevOps is another way to achieve more agility within your organisation. Where Scaled Agile focusses more on governance needs, DevOps breaks down the wall between development and operations teams. By nullifying this divide the responsibility to change and run a product will lay within one single team, increasing ownership, responsibility and span of control. To be able to profit from this shift and increase your agility, teams should be educated on how to manage this broad range of activities. One of the things that can make their lives easier is automation. This not only improves the quality of delivered goods but increases the speed of the release process immensely. Having the right tools and knowledge on board to support the complete product lifecycle are key in successfully adopting a DevOps approach.
Agility and Odysseus
Now you may ask: how can Odysseus help our organisation to become more agile? Actually in a variety of ways. Our offerings range from helping organisations who are firmly combining traditional and agile practices to organisations who have already started on their journey to becoming more agile and want to take their next step in their continuous improvement cycle.
Our team has a vast amount of theoretical and practical knowledge when it comes to agile practices. With certified and experienced professional scrum masters and product owners we can help your organisation to thrive at team level and with scaling needs alike. This applied knowledge is applicable to the tooling aspect like using Jira and Azure DevOps and also to the process aspect where we can help your people or products reach the next level.
Additionally we can provide tooling and implementation knowledge to support your agile practices. Think of ServiceNow and their ever growing supply of agile functionality to help teams and managers alike to visualise, prioritise and gain insight into relevant information to do the right things right. This from an ITBM angle but also from the ITSM angle for DevOps teams. As a bonus even our implementation approach has built in agile elements.
If any of this sounds interesting to you and your organisation's situation contact us and we will be happy to get in touch to discuss how we can help you.