On the sidelines of his participation as a speaker at the PPM2017 international conference (www.PPMconferences.com), Henny Portman delivers his reflections on the agile methodologies frameworks. Henny Portman is the Author of “Prince2® in Practice (Van Haren Publishing)” and “Agile Project Management (Van Haren Publishing)”. Do not miss the presentation of Henny during PPM2017 international conference. If you are not able to attend the face to face sessions of this conference on the 26th October in Marrakech, you can register for recorded video streaming at only 125$ for dozens of premium speaking slots. More than 600 participants attended the 5 past editions of more than 100 companies in Africa and the Middle East.
Scrum is agile but agile isn’t scrum. At this moment, more than 30 many frameworks exist. In my book Scaling agile in organisaties I describe in detail many of these frameworks.
Figure 1 shows some of the most used agile frameworks divided in two levels:
- Product or programme level, where we find one-time programmes / projects agile methodologies and business as usual / indefinite agile frameworks. Well known frameworks like PRINCE2 Agile, PMO Agile, and AgilePM can be found here. On program level, we see MSP and AgilePgM.
- Team level where we can position Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban and DevOps as well as engineering techniques to deliver fast, with quality and less technical debt like Extreme Programming, Test or Feature Driven Development, User eXperience Design and Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment.
Figure 1: Agile framework positioning
If we look at the business as usual / indefinite frameworks we see two groups. The enterprise-targeted frameworks are used when you have to manage dependencies between different teams all working on the same product and the web-scale-targeted frameworks that can be used when you have many teams but those teams are rather autonomous en not dependent on each other. In the first group we find frameworks like Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) which is the most complete framework with team, program, large solution and portfolio levels. Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) and Nexus provides the team and program level and Scrum at Scale (S@S) provides modules to act on all levels too. To support web-scaled-targetted organizations we find e.g. the spotify model with their Tribes, Squads, Chapters and Guilds).
All mentioned frameworks can be used in a product or IT focussed organisations and some, e.g. Scrum, Kanban or the agile programmes and project methodologies, will work in non-IT focussed organisations too.
By Henny Portman
Author of “Prince2® in Practice (Van Haren Publishing)”
Author of “Agile Project Management (Van Haren Publishing)”