Jason Yip

What Big Tech can still learn from the Agile community

  • Direct interaction between problems and problem-solvers vs intermediation, “shielding the team” etc.;
  • Avoiding excessive specialisation;
  • Focusing on team/organisational success over individual promotion;
  • Technical excellence through good habits vs individual heroics;
  • Simplicity vs promotion-driven development;
  • Actual continuous integration (technically and in terms of knowledge drift);
  • Conquer and divide AKA Start Together;
  • Actual iterative, incremental development AKA Think Big Work Small;
  • Feedback loops that aren’t releases, launches;
  • Aligned autonomy vs laissez-faire leadership

What Agile community topics aren’t really that relevant in Big Tech

  • Typically, don’t have an autonomy problem so much as a lack of alignment problem;
  • Burndown / burnup;
  • Whether or not teams estimate

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Missing or shallow strategy?

Fill the strategy gap yourself

I like to call this “occupying the space”.

When there’s a missing or shallow strategy, develop your own coherent strategy and be okay if the Bet takes over ownership of it.
1. Develop your own coherent strategy; 2. Be okay if the Bet pretends they came up with it

Get a senior technical IC involved (early)

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Jason Yip

Jason Yip

Staff Agile Coach at Spotify, ex-ThoughtWorks, ex-CruiseControl