I am working with a group within my organization that is trying to find ways to continue to make agile visible within our organization. One of the topics we have come upon is promoting agile up the chain and how would we envision this. Not to anchor anyone's discussion or feedback, but we have thought to give sub-titles to individuals like Jedi, Sensei, Ninja etc.. and each level has a certain number of criteria that would have to be met to reach that level.
Does anyone out there have something they have put into place within their organizations that is working well for you? Can you elaborate on what you've done and why it's working? If you have tried this and it didn't work, what do you think caused it not to work? what would you have done differently.
Do you have any executive sponsorship for agile transformation, so you can work down the chain as well as up? Sponsorship is vital for long-term success.
At some point agile teams working at an operational level will have to connect to the organizational strategy, which is where sponsorship plays a part. One other thing you can do to help is to establish a Scrum of Scrums. As the representative body of all Scrum teams, the SoS would effectively manage a portfolio of assets and would collaborate on making successful releases.