Yesterday I attended Scrum Day Europe, which had the theme 'Scaling Scrum'. Perhaps predictably, the only one to consider the case: 'natural growth' was Gunther Verheyen. Everyone who spoke after him was actually talking about how to impose/implement Scrum when you already have lots of people.
Startups have the luxury that they can think about scaling before having to do it and can make/choose a framework that they can settle- as opposed to get-crammed-into.
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About a year ago, I went to a training given by Sandra Bouckaert and Lydie van de Laar on the basics of Deep Democracy. My wife was 35 weeks pregnant and I was working on a project with worryingly limited financing so I was not exactly in the perfect 'zen' mindset for a day of mind-battering brainstorming. I expected to leave the day dazed and confused, yet found myself in the car buoyed up and even excited about what I had just experienced.
Deep Democracy is a method developed in South Africa at the end of the apartheid regime and specializes in getting minority views heard. It is concurrently a team-building tool and an ideation tool.