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Scaling Agile: Fractals of Innovation

Posted on by Brandon Klein

Scaling agile means that we apply its principles to large, even very
large, groups of people. When we do this, we allow those people to be
more connected to their work and its impact, despite being part of a
huge system.
This process is effective because we scale agile by fractals, meaning
we create similarly shaped structures at different levels of scale
throughout the organization. And rather than build bigger teams, we
add more small, cross-functional teams and stitch them together into
a larger whole. This way, the team remains the core unit and owns its
working agreements, information radiators and policies.
As you might expect, it’s not quite enough to simply add teams. Those
teams will need leadership to guide them, a structure to align them,
and information to enable agile’s continuous improvement