If you are launching a large-scale agile project (e.g. one that requires more than a couple of Scrum teams) then careful consideration should be given to how you scale the management of the project. Starting off by applying standard scaled agile management solutions (i.e. Scrum of Scrums or SAFe) may help you feel like you are getting off to a good start. However, with those solutions comes the danger of creating a management structure that focuses on optimizing the project structure primarily for management’s benefit rather optimizing the project’s structure for the delivery of a valuable, usable and feasible solution.
This paper describes a lightweight yet powerful approach to scaling agile management for a multi-team project. ‘The Great Wall’ is an approach that enables the emergence of a scaled management solution that focuses first on promoting the delivery of the solution but also satisfies the needs of management.
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