XSCALE Alliance is ...

A learning ecosystem of independent coaches and consultancies de-scaling agile organizations through practices derived from

Like Linux ...

We use Creative Commons to collaborate on coaching and training material for pattern languages – not frameworks – for Business Agility, Product Management and DevOps.

We're not like the big training frameworks. We don't have any trainers for a start. And our coaches continuously collaborate on material and tools rather than receiving them on stone tablets.

For Agile Organizations:

We don't sell Big-A Frameworks that make clients dependent on Big-A Consultancies. We build self-directing portfolios of self-managing streams of self-organizing teams of the client's existing staff.

We run self-propagating transformation through Seven Samurai Kanban. Build a slender but uncompromised capability, then grow it.
Pods of dolphins, not dancing elephants ...

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There's nothing wrong with the
original Agile Manifesto.


It succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. Closed to modification but open to extension, it's the beating heart of all Agile methods.

The original manifesto focuses on Agile teams, not organizations. As Agile organizations are composed entirely of these teams, they apply the agile values at all levels to all business functions.

However the original principles of the manifesto don't apply to an organization. Moreover the early Agile value of collective ownership, too extreme for the first manifesto, proves critical to Agile Organizations as decentralised ecosystems.

Agile Organization Values

We are uncovering better ways of developing organizations by doing so and helping others do so. Through this work we have come to value:

Agile Organization Principles

Agile Organization is a pod of dolphins, not a dancing elephant. It doesn't scale Agile to the organization. It de-scales organization to Agile via:

  • eXponential return by stacking growth curves.
  •   Simple design to the elegance of minimum.
  •   Continuous optimization of throughput.
  •   Autonomous teams, self-managing streams.
  •   Learning: triple loop, breadth-first, set-based.
  •   Ecosystems-thinking: whole-board & win-win.

Per the original Manifesto, we uphold these values and principles as closed to modification but open to extension. To be clear, this Manifesto inherits all the values and principles of the original. It's not the last word in agility. We regard it as the next.

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Agile Organization Benefits?
What's the difference?

Agile teams self-organize efficiently.
Scaling bolts them onto traditional management.
But agile organizations self-manage efficiently.

  • De-scaling Patterns short-circuit hierarchy to combine autonomy of teams with continuous alignment to business drivers & constraints
  • Breadth-first Product Management empowers design, business and tech stakeholders to collaborate on opening throughput bottlenecks
  • Business Agility provides leadership protocols, communcation structures, reward models and game theoretics to drive exponential growth
  • Self-Propagating Transformation generates agile organization without compromise or disruption, radically accelerating learning flow
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Self-Propagating Transformation

An organization doesn't need a cadre of external consultants to become agile

A team can't change faster than its most cautious members. So we don't change existing teams or programs, but join progressive individuals into an uncompromised new capability.

The first transatlantic cable began with a steel thread. That fed a machine wrapping threads around it to form a cable. Another wrapping cables around that, cables of cables, and so on.

So as your new capability matures, split it and have the next most progressive join. At every split, change recipients become change agents ...

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