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Scaling Down with Agile

You can scale it up, but can you scale it down? There has been a lot of talk about Agile’s scalability, but most of it concerns its ability to be scaled up. What about the smaller organizations that need to bring Agile down to scale? John Goodpasture sets the record straight.

Some Things Must Change to Scale

Agile is a methodology, and just like any other methodology, it can be scaled as large or as small as need be. Of course, not every part is going to carry over for smaller companies. Teams and teamwork are going to be different if you are only working with two people, the same with collaboration and communication through osmosis with others. However, that doesn’t mean you should be afraid to use Agile.

Others Can Remain the Same

A lot of the practices mean the exact same thing for small and large companies. Both can benefit from close coordination and collaboration with the customer, quick turn-around of a usable product, lean thinking, and a focus on satisfying expectation instead of satisfying specification.

Smaller teams are going to be more fragile, if one or two people are away or sick it could significantly alter the project team. However, all the more reason to use a methodology like Agile to bring a new sense of organization to the project. They say the best things come in small packages, but sometimes it’s not about the size of the box but the value of the methodology inside. Read the full article at: http://www.johngoodpasture.com/2014/01/scaling-down-way-down.html

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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