Agile Methodology in Large Enterprises

As companies get bigger, implementing Agile (a software development methodology) becomes even more challenging. This, however, does not imply that it is not possible. There are bigger companies that have implemented Agile, like IBM, which has made them even more successful. But as usual, we have some practitioners and pundits who are of the opinion that the Agile methodology can work in large enterprises, while others issue caveats.

Those who have successfully scaled Agile in their organizations say that the three crucial things that can help you implement this method in large enterprises with little difficulty is your process, tools, and discipline. Bigger companies are faced with even bigger problems, and as such, they do not have the liberty of tolerating sloppy practices. While some people argue that scaling Agile in large enterprises is impossible, those who have successfully implemented it say it can be impossible for your competitors to compete with you if you apply the Agile methodology well.

Agile practices adopt a hybrid methodology

Most people believe that Agile practices in both global companies and small and medium enterprises are the same, and that the only thing that differs is the hybrid methodology. In most cases, Agile starts around critical projects with more sponsorship deals. Small and medium enterprises have few projects of these kind, but in most cases the challenges faced are the same. You may want to consider acquiring the services of to help you address these challenges and consequently manage risks. Bigger companies find it difficult when it comes to following the specifics of the Agile manifesto. This is largely because they may be situated in different geographic locations for the same project. Still, this should not stop you from implementing Agile, as you can take the Agile concepts and stretch them to your business’s needs.

More attention for some applications than others

Bigger companies believe in the benefits that come with Agile implementation, like velocity and alignment with business. However, large applications that are mission-critical usually have unique requirements. There are some aspects of these applications that require much rigor when it comes to planning, change, or quality tests. Agile might not be fully adopted in all departments for bigger organizations. There are some areas where Agile will be a perfect fit, while  others require more traditional software practices, due to legacy or product needs. Yes, you can adopt the Agile methodology, but for a big company it is hard for it to be self-managing or self-organizing.

Large scale Agile frameworks

We have three main frameworks for the Agile methodology that can be applied in large enterprises. They include the Scaled Agile Framework, Disciplined Agile Delivery, and Large Scale Scrum. All these frameworks can work well in small and expanding projects provided that guided, multilevel training and certifications are put in place. Scrum of Scrums is also another approach that has been extensively used because it comes with informal training. However, these frameworks may lead to the rethinking of a hierarchical organization, especially when it comes to large enterprises.


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