League in Agile at Scale: Production and Architecture Leagues

What are the definition and the characteristics of a League in Agile at Scale? In addition, what are the differences with a Chapter or a Guild? At last, what is the the role of the League Manager and the League Members?

How to support production and architecture consistency across Tribes in Agile at Scale?

Transversal consistency is enforced in the Tribe thanks to the chapters. Nevertheless, there are some transversal topics cross-Tribe requiring additional mechanisms. This is the case for Production and Architecture either functional or technical. This is the mission of the Leagues.

Leagues are specific to this Return of Experience and are not part of the Spotify Model.

League in Agile at Scale, example of Production and architecture leagues: mandatory communities of practices across Tribe to enforce production and Architecture best practices and guidelines.

What is a League in Agile at Scale?

The purpose of Leagues like Chapters is to support knowledge sharing and consistency between its members.

But there are several differences:

  • A League is cross-Tribe and covers topics that are beyond the responsibility of a Tribe
  • They cover, in this Return of Experience, only the following topics:
    • Production guidelines and best practices
    • Functional and Technical Architecture guidelines and best practices (2 different Leagues)
  • Leagues are facilitated by League Leaders a role outside the Tribes from the Central Production organization and the Central Architecture organization
  • A league is mandatory but not all Tribe Members are part of a League. Nevertheless, League Members will use their belonging Chapters and Agile Squads in order to share their knowledge to other Tribe Members and collect their feedback.
  • The mission is more than sharing as they support the guidelines of the Leagues. Even if the Voice of the Field is taken into account to build those guidelines and the why of each guideline is explained with the what, once defined, those guidelines are mandatory to apply.

Further, what is the role of the League Leader ?

The role of the League Leader is to facilitate the League, have related members meet regularly and collaborate with them in order to:

  • Build, update and share a vision and a strategy for the League
  • Build, update and share guidelines and best practices for the League
  • Support spreading the knowledge of the League outside the League through League Members: vision, strategy, guidelines and best practices
  • Make sure that mechanisms are implemented in Tribes to support cascading of the League knowledge and to collect feedback from the field

At last, what is the role of the League Members ?

It is a difficult role as they act as intermediates between their League and their belonging Chapters and Agile Squads in order to:

  • Collect field feedback around League area in order to build League knowledge
  • Cascade League knowledge and collect related field feedback to adjust League knowledge and action

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