By Josh Roberts | September 22, 2014 | 0 Comment
Currently, we are focused on designing the IT organization of the future. In last week’s blog post, we spoke about the ScrumMaster role. In short, the ScrumMaster has a primary focus on serving the needs of the team and the customer through servant-leadership. But, they are not working alone.
As illustrated by Agile Transformation Inc, the ScrumMaster is working hand-in-hand with a Product Owner and Solution Lead (or Architect) to ensure Agile Teams deliver value. This is what they call The Leadership Triangle.
In Scrum, the Product Owner is responsible for interfacing with end-user(s) and other key business stakeholders to ensure an Agile Team is delivering business value. However, that is only one piece of the value equation. Remember, ITIL defines the value of a solution as being both “fit to purpose” (utility) and “fit to use” (warranty).
“The Solution Lead/Architect is responsible for translating the business vision into a technical vision then supporting the successful execution of the vision” – Agile Transformation Inc.
The Solution Lead/Architect will support Agile Team(s) in delivering a solution that is both fit for purpose and fit for use by:
As we organize our Agile Teams, we are also thinking in terms of how value flows through the organization. In Lean terms, specifically Six Sigma, this is done through Value Stream Mapping.
“Value stream mapping is a lean-management method for analyzing the current state and designing a future state for the series of events that take a product or service from its beginning through to the customer.” – Wikipedia
The Scaled Agile Framework provides the following illustration of a simple value stream for software delivery. How value flows through an organization will be unique to each.
To identify the value streams in our organization, SAFe suggests that we can start the discovery process by asking the following questions:
In the coming weeks we will design our organization around value delivery.