Also known as a “bottom-up” approach, the “Seed to Oak” play builds an agile organization around one or two individuals, who join others to form an agile team. That team matures enough that the organization can expand the use of agile by having multiple agile teams in a department or business unit. Finally, agile is extended out to other departments or divisions in the organization and up to leadership.
“Seed to Oak” is a common approach because it is somewhat obvious. Many members of the agile community recommend a bottom-up approach, so it is difficult to attribute this to one author.
The “Seed-to-Oak” play works well when: