DevOps East 2017 Concurrent Session : Agile Performance Holarchy (APH)—A Model for Scaling Agile Teams


Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Agile Performance Holarchy (APH)—A Model for Scaling Agile Teams

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A hierarchy is an organizational network that has a top and a bottom, and where position is determined by rank, importance, and value. A holarchy is a network that has no top or bottom and where each person’s value derives from his ability, rather than position. As more companies seek the benefits of agile, leaders need to build and sustain delivery capability while scaling agile without introducing unnecessary process and overhead. The Agile Performance Holarchy (APH) is an empirical model for scaling and sustaining agility while continuing to deliver great products. Jeff Dalton designed the APH by drawing from lessons learned observing and assessing hundreds of agile companies and teams. The APH helps implement a holarchy—a system composed of interacting organizational units called holons—centered on a series of performance circles that embody the behaviors of high performing agile organizations. Jeff describes how APH provides guidelines in the areas of leadership, values, teaming, visioning, governing, building, supporting, and engaging within an all-agile organization. Join Jeff to see what the APH is all about and how you can use it in your team and organization.

Jeff Dalton
Broadsword Solutions

Jeff Dalton is president of Broadsword, a different kind of performance innovation firm that helps engineering and software organizations get better at what they do. He is also chief evangelist at (@agilecxo), an agile leadership research and development organization that builds performance models, training, and certifications for current and future agile leaders. With more than twenty-five years as a developer, architect, director, VP, CIO, and consultant in the automotive, defense, and healthcare sectors, Jeff applies his experience to help software teams be more agile while building stronger capability. He has written several books on Agile, Scrum, and CMMI. In his spare time, Jeff builds experimental airplanes.