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About Bad Scaling with Gene Gendel

Time14:00:17 Phone
DateFriday, September 24, 2021
VenueOnline Email

Dublin North Agile


Dublin North Agile Meetup

Dublin North Agile (DNA for short) is a not-for-profit agile support group. If you're a scrum master, product owner, developer, agile coach, agile leader, or have an interest in agile product delivery, Scrum, Kanban or any agile practices, then this group could be for you.


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About Bad Scaling" with Gene Gendel

Delighted to welcome Gene Gendel to DNA all the way from New York City. You might have caught some of Gene's candid, unscripted conversations online recently, about scaling and the use of the SAFe Framework. Gene is a very experienced organizational design specialist, agile/lean coach and trainer, consultant and adviser to senior leadership, and this conversation promises to be a good one.


Agenda (all times are local to Dublin time and event kickoff):

14:00 - Paddy - Open - Checkin - Intro

14:10 - Gene Gendel - "About Bad Scaling"

14:45 - Q&A

15:00 - Close


Talk Synopsis:

Bad Scaling is one of the biggest 'agile problems' of modern days for companies.


Bad Scaling is one of the three most expensive mistakes companies make, when they set themselves on a wrong 'agile course'. (the other two are : "agile tools" mania and falling a victim to big consultancies' industrial model. 


Bad Scaling is one of the three corners of "Triple Taxation" triangle:


Bad Scaling comes in the form of trivializing agility at is core, weakening agile roles, plagiarizing and relabeling someone else's experiments and calling them 'operating models', copy-pasting Scrum and Scrum roles into Fractal Geometry that look great on paper.


Are there better ways to work? Probably not, if the ultimate goal is to relabel existing enterprise complexity with fancy agile terminology and then call it "enterprise scaling". But there could be better ways to work if an ultimate goal is to simplify existing complexity (de-scale), and by doing so, improve your chances to scale agile ways of working (e.g. do Scrum, by more than one team, working for the same Product Owner, on the same product, out of the same backlog).


In this session, Gene will expose some classic pitfalls of bad scaling and will recommend how, more good things could be done with less things could be done better.


About the speaker:

Gene Gendel is an organizational design specialist, agile/lean coach and trainer, consultant and adviser to senior leadership. Almost 15 of 20+ years of his professional experience – Gene dedicated to working with companies of various sizes and lines of business, trying to help them improve internal dynamics, organizational structure and becoming a better place to work. Gene engages at all organizational levels: senior- and mid-level management, teams and individuals. In his work, Gene uses various methods, tools and techniques to amplify learning by others and to ensure that people gain autonomy after Gene “coaches himself out of the job”.




Information & Registration

DATE & TIME: 24th September 2021 / 14:00

VENUE: Online


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