FAST Agile combines Open Space and Open Allocation to create a lightweight, simple to understand, and simple to master agile method - that scales!
FAST is an acronym for Fluid Scaling Technology.
Fluid Scaling Technology for Agile (and agile at scale) is FAST Agile.
High-level Overview of the FAST Process
Bring everyone together to work as one Tribe.
Visually represent business goals on a wall.
Let the Tribe self-organise into teams to break down and do the work.
On a short cadence, synch and repeat the above step.
FAST does not build on static teams. Instead, it creates a fluid lattice where teams form, change, dismantle and reform dynamically. To transition from static teams to a fluid lattice structure, merge teams into a FAST Tribe.
The Tribe participates in cadence at the FAST Meeting, an event inspired by Open Space. The FAST Meeting is a planning and synchronisation event where priorities highlighted and teams dynamically form around work. Once teams have assembled, they break away, plan, and deliver what value they can with the remaining time in the cycle.
At the end of the cycle, the Tribe comes back together. Each team shares their progress to ensure that everyone in the Tribe is in sync with the current state of development and discovery. Making use of the Tribe being already gathered, these steps are repeated, and teams again form around work for the next Value Cycle.
Note - Value Cycle period is not prescriptive. A two-day cadence is a recommended starting experiment. FAST is a flow system and not an iterative method, so Value Cycles are not time boxes to fit work into. There is no reason that a Tribe could not have a two-day cycle followed by a three-day cycle in a week should that be of appeal. A tribe needs to discover the shortest synchronisation period that feels right.
Build products with motivated, self-directed individuals.
Give them the autonomy, environment and support they need,
and trust them to get the job done.
FAST is a system for organic collaboration on creative endeavours, from the small scale to the large.
The best resource to find out more about the FAST process is the FAST Guide.