Scaling Agile: The Small-is-Beautiful of Hubs • James Coplien • GOTO 2021

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This presentation was recorded at GOTO Copenhagen 2021. #GOTOcon #GOTOcph

James Coplien - Lean/Agile Process & Architecture Coach; Founder of the Pasteur Organizational Patterns Project

Scaling agile is all the rage these days, and especially popular with laggard adopters who want to broaden their management span of control. Most scaling frameworks are just classical military hierarchies suitable to command-and-control: in a suitably arranged organization of 625 people, the average number of communication hops between any two people is a very un-agile seven.
Yet small-world theory says that any two of the 8 billion people on Earth are connected through about six hops, but a Scrum@Scale-like hierarchy is even worse for just 625 people. How does it work? The answer lies in self-organizing hubs, which hold the key to large group engagement— including enterprise Scrum. You know some hubs already — learn more at this talk [...]

00:00 Intro
01:39 Scale-free networks
06:22 The problem
15:15 Scaling and scoping
18:33 What are scale-free networks?
23:31 Hubs reduce graph diameter
25:13 Node degree
29:39 Examples of scale-free networks
32:22 What are they good for?
46:33 We already know some examples
49:22 Example: Amazon, Apple, FB, Google, Microsoft & Oracle
50:16 Do it at home
50:55 Conclusion
52:15 Outro

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Subramaniam & Hunt • Practices of an Agile Developer •
Uncle Bob • Clean Agile •
Derby, Larsen & Schwaber • Agile Retrospectives •
Kent Beck & Cynthia Andres • Extreme Programming Explained •
Jeff Sutherland • Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time •
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