My #Agile2019 talk discussed what’s next for Agile to improve its offerings at scale. The most significant of these is the shift from the Cathedral to the Bazaar. I am referring to Raymond’s book “The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary” which discusses how the Bazaar (Open Source software) rose to challenge, and in many areas, surpass the Cathedral’s (Microsoft) dominance.
The Agile community is on the edge of a similar shift – from a few tightly controlled Agile at scale approaches (e.g., SAFe, LeSS, Scrum@Scale) to a community-based offering. As Net Objectives expands our FLEX train-the-trainer program, many partners have offerings that integrate well into FLEX. We have started a program incorporating such into FLEX. This is the Agile bazaar that is now possible.
This bazaar enables FLEX partners and consultants to create teams that provide their own services while being supported by the broader FLEX solution. It also enables practitioners to find those people who provide the specialized services they need.
As Agile continues to expand, we need a community to offer both depth and breadth to practitioners. We now have a way to do this.