Scott Ambler gave the keynote at Agile Tour Toronto this past Fall. As a conference organizer I only caught part of it, but still there were some useful perspectives that I wanted to share. Scaling Factors are about the kinds of things that make software projects more difficult (whether using Agile or not). Each of these factors require additional considerations that are outside of basic Agile practice. I find this a nice way of thinking about project complexity since this directly maps to the challenge with adopting Agile.

There are no repeatable projects.

There are no repeatable projects. I thought that was worth repeating since a lot of organizations still don’t understand that each project has a distinct signature and may require a different approach: Standardization is a good recipe for failure. Reading between the lines this seems to be a shot at PMO’s that are mandated to standardize software delivery.