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.
FAST Agile is Fluid Scaling Technology for Agile - and Agile at Scale.
High-level Overview of the FAST Process
Merge everyone into a tribe, throw the work on a wall, let individuals self-organise into teams around the work. Repeat the process every two days.
FAST does not build on static teams. Instead, it creates a fluid network where teams form, change, dismantle and reform dynamically. To transition from static teams to a fluid network, start by merging teams into a tribe.
The tribe participates in cadence in the FAST Meeting, an event inspired by Open Space Technology (OST). The FAST Meeting is a planning and synchronisation meeting where priorities highlighted, and teams dynamically form around work. Once assembled, teams break away, plan, and deliver what value they can with the iteration’s remaining time.
At the end of the iteration, the tribe comes back together. Each team shares its progress to ensure that everyone in the tribe is in sync with the current state of development.
Making use of the tribe being gathered, these steps are repeated, and teams again form around work for the next iteration. Iteration length is not prescriptive. Two-day iteration length is a recommended starting experiment.
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.