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Multi-learning and # Backlogs by Lv Yi

Agile Singapore
April 16, 2019

Multi-learning and # Backlogs by Lv Yi

In the large-scale product development organization, backlogs are pervasive. Backlogs are the manifestation of various specializations. Why more backlogs? Efficiency is the main driver. What are the consequences? The increased end-to-end cycle time for delivery and the reduced flexibility to maximize value. The number of backlogs is the key lever in achieving agility - fewer backlogs, more agility. Multi-learning means learning across functions, technical domains and customer domains. More multi-learning enables fewer backlogs, while fewer backlogs drive more multi-learning.

Join us for this conversational session with Lv Yi as he explores how large-scale product organization grows rigidity and possible ways to deal with it.

Agile Singapore

April 16, 2019

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  1. dependent backlogs Component A Tasks Component B Tasks Component C

    Tasks Analysis Tasks Design Tasks Testing Tasks
  2. multi-learning for functions and components • real team with one

    backlog (i.e. cross-functional feature team) • specification by example • collective code ownership • pair/mob programming • component mentors • current-architecture workshop • multi-team design workshop • communities of practices
  3. multi-learning for customer domains • multi-specialized feature teams with one

    backlog • multi-team PBR • initial PBR • overall PBR • one sprint review • review bazaar
  4. summary • the more dependent backlogs, the longer cycle time

    • the more independent backlogs, the less adaptiveness • The ultimate lever is to reduce #backlogs • multi-learning enables fewer backlogs • fewer backlogs drives multi-learning