While the major agile scaling frameworks share many details, they have also some important differences in their philosophical basis and their approaches.For a potential user, the comparison does not become easier through the business interest and the rivalry of the framework protagonists.

We want to contribute a view on scaling agile which starts from the need, not from a specific solution. Different context, skills and experience in the organization demands a different solution, be it a decision for one of the frameworks or a best-of breed approach.


Decision makers and change agents, who plan or are responsible for a large agile development effort.


Overview: the why and how of scaled agile
  • Why would we scale – and why and how would we avoid scaling
  • Agile essentials remain valid and have an even more important role, like: Value stream, small and stable teams, iterations and takt
  • What is new – which additional concepts are included in a scaled agile implementation
  • Scope and role of the methods/frameworks
  • Overview of LeSS, SAFe, ESP, (and others like Scrum@Scale, Nexus), their Big Pictures, origins and use cases
  • Guiding Questions for analyzing the frameworks to develop a conceptual / system view on scaled agile
Comparing Frameworks
  • Scope
  • Delivery Models and underlying design principles
  • Structures and vocabulary like: value creation, measuring value, roles and meetings overview
  • Contribution to key concerns and capabilities in the organization
  • Agile values and principles: implementation in the context of the frameworks
  • Decision support: limits, pitfalls, success conditions. Method implementation or best-of-breed-approach
Working with the frameworks
  • Key practices and exercises, like: Big room planning workshop, Designing teams
  • Organizational development
  • Leadership
  • Portfolio and agile business
  • Agile Change and Agile Evolution
Lean Cafe
Duration  2 days