This book club was about scaling agility, and we had a fantastic special guest joining us: Bas Vodde. Bas co-created Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) with Craig Larman. LeSS is one of the earliest and most popular Agile scaling approaches, and my go-to recommendation for organizations looking to scale Agile. Bas and Craig’s book, Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS, is well worth reading.
📖 Scaling Agility
🎙 Discussion prompts:
The book discusses scaling organizational capability as well as scaling product teams. How have you seen organizations approach scaling their capability (or not)? How did it turn out?
Team-level coaching capabililty is an important part of scaling agility. If you could do anything, how would you scale out coaching capability?
The book describes two approaches to scaling product teams: vertical scaling and horizontal scaling. What do you see as the strengths and weaknesses of each approach?
Share some stories about scaling product teams. What worked well, and what didn’t?
About the Book Club
From October 2021 to August 2022, I hosted a call-in talk show based on the second edition of The Art of Agile Development. The series used the book as a jumping-off point for wide-ranging discussions about Agile ideas and practices, and had a star-studded guest list.