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Frameworks should provide a quick start while helping organizations continue to improve. Here are a few different approaches taken.
I. Provide a preset framework that has you do what it says until you learn to adjust (Scrum). The challenge with this is that the preset practices may not fit. This may have them lose faith in the entire transition. In addition, there is nothing in the framework that tells them how to transcend the starting practices. People may eventually feel locked in and just try new things with little guidance.
II. Provide some theory with preset practices (SAFe). This has somewhat the same challenges as I. above with the additional challenge of putting people into cognitive overload which results in few principles being remembered.
Both I & II focus on learning the framework with no training provided to transcend it.
III. Provide great detail in principles and let them figure out the practices. This does ground people in principles, but most want an answer to “what do I do?”
IV. Provide principles, a starting set of practices with options and a roadmap on how to select the practices that work for you. This gets people started on something that works for them while providing a way to improve. Yes, this is FLEX.