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Agile at Scale [clear filter]
Thursday, May 25

9:35am CDT

Comparing Scaling Frameworks - LeSS and SAFe
Scaling Agile is easily misunderstood. Scaling is the term we often hear used to describe using Agile methods with large enterprises. Larger enterprises often deal with bigger and more complex problems than small ones. They have more employees, subcontracting companies, different business units, more processes, and a strong culture that defines how things are done. At the same time, they need to be able to deliver results in an ever-changing business environment. They need to be Agile, but the bigger the company, the bigger the challenges are for scaling Agile. 

Scaling frameworks available in the market today are maturing quickly and provide a variety of choices. Like the Agile Manifesto, these frameworks are based on principles, and they vary widely in the specificity of the recommended approach.

In this session, we will compare how two scaling frameworks, LeSS and SAFe, address the challenges of agility at scale. We will talk about how these two frameworks align, coordinate, and manage dependencies across multiple teams to maintain consistency and agility at scale.


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Leland Newsom

Scrum Master, Emerson Automation Solutions
Leland Newsom has 20+ years of industry experience as a software developer, manager, managing director, Scrum Master, and Agile Coach. He coaches in Agile, Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, and DevOps and leads teams and organizations in their Agile and DevOps journeys. He is currently employed... Read More →

Thursday May 25, 2017 9:35am - 10:35am CDT
Room 7
  Agile at Scale

9:35am CDT

The Ugly Truth About Scaling Agile
Congratulations. 100% of your developers are now practicing Agile. You have a stable, predictable velocity and even your CEO knows what a Scrum is. You’ve scaled, right? Wrong. The ugly truth about scaling Agile is that no matter how many individual teams practice Agile in their own unique ways, scaling “wide” without scaling “up” means that your organization as a whole still lacks the transparency, alignment, and collaboration necessary to gain the benefits of Agile at Scale.

Join this interactive session on the ugly truth about scaling Agile to the enterprise. Learn the five truths every executive should be aware of before embarking on their Agile transformation journey.

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Tina Behers

Sr. Director Solution Architecture, AgileCraft
Tina has a unique background spanning over 25 years of successful experiences in Transformation & Organizational Development, Business Process Management, Program & Project Management, and Corporate Strategy. Tina’s track record of success has gained her the reputation of being... Read More →

Thursday May 25, 2017 9:35am - 10:35am CDT
Room 6
  Agile at Scale

10:55am CDT

Stop Scaling, Start Growing - Culture as a First-class Concern & Principles for Growing Agile
Change is hard; in their attempt to transform, organizations frequently ignore the impact of organizational culture. To evolve, we need to make our culture explicit and then design together in a shared direction. Organizational leaders need courage to accept the current state of their organizational culture, appreciate aspects that are in alignment with their strategy, and prepare to make cultural shift where needed. 

Leaders that ignore prevalent organizational culture and try to install popular frameworks run into pitfalls and are unable to create environment of continuous improvement, which is at the heart of being agile. Patience with organizational change cycle is a must and lacking any guiding principles organizations revert to form and get trapped in Wagile.

In this session participants will learn:
  • Why it is important to grow your own agility instead of taking shortcuts and adopting someone else’s model.
  • The role culture plays in an agile transition and effectiveness of organization change
  • How to make sure that you are agile at heart and move continuous improvement to an organization level.

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Dhaval Panchal

Founder / Agile Coach, Evolve Agility Inc.
Dhaval delivers world class Agile training that transforms my clients into rapid and highly efficient market leaders. He works with CTOs and heads of software development, engineering, DevOps, data & project management to: Transform legacy waterfall approaches into efficient Agile... Read More →

Thursday May 25, 2017 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Room 7
  Agile at Scale

1:20pm CDT

FAST Agile - An Evolutionary Scaling Approach
FAST Agile is as much an Agile scaling model as it is a culture change tool.

FAST uses Open Space Technology as a mechanism for organizing heterogeneous teams around work - including both software and other teams. FAST Agile builds on: Scrum, Modern Agile, Responsive.org, natural leadership, mob programming, flex teams and story mapping to deliver a new and unique approach to Agile at Scale.

This is a new and unique approach to Agile at Scale. Beyond just theory, this presentation includes a case study from Premera Blue Cross in Seattle and includes an accompanying exercise for the audience to participate in, and witness first-hand, self-organization at scale.

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Ron Quartel

Resourceful Human, Ripl
Untethering the human spirit in the workplace.

Thursday May 25, 2017 1:20pm - 2:20pm CDT
Room 1
  Agile at Scale

2:40pm CDT

DrillingInfo: An Evolutionary Approach to Scaled Kanban
Many organizations are unaware of the benefits of Kanban. DrillingInfo was one of these companies. Using Lean Kanban University's techniques and approach to evolutionary change has created a revolution in the organization. Starting with one Kanban team, lead times, graphs, and slide decks has led to a viral adoption of Kanban that has reached the desk of the CTO, President, and COO. This session will share the case study of a Kanban transformation of a $100 million private technology energy company and what techniques were used to drive influence to change.

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Jay Paulson

Technical Program Manager, Care.com
Jay is a Technical Program Manager at Care.com. He has been in software development for over 17 years. Early, he realized that it was very difficult to create high-quality software quickly. Seven years ago he found Kanban and has been hooked ever since. He has implemented Kanban for... Read More →

Thursday May 25, 2017 2:40pm - 3:40pm CDT
Room 2
  Agile at Scale

4:00pm CDT

Projects are Evil: Make Way for the Product Revolution

How do you take Agile to the next level, where your organization moves beyond basic Agile delivery to fully acting with Agility in everything you do? How do you move past predictable and productive delivery to fast response to market needs?

Many organizations are barred from this level of success by a project-centric mindset, which impedes your ability to maximize value delivery. David Hawks pushes for an evolution of the Agile Manifesto into a set of values and principles for outcome-driven development.

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David Hawks

Founder, Agile Velocity
Founder and CEO of Agile Velocity, David Hawks is a Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer who is passionate about helping organizations achieve lasting organizational agility beyond the basic implementation of Agile practices. David’s primary focus is to guide leaders... Read More →

Thursday May 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Room 5
  Agile at Scale

4:00pm CDT

The Executive's Step-by-Step Guide to Leading a Large-Scale Agile Transformation
Because they have a fiduciary responsibility to the performance of their organizations, executives demand a greater level of assurance that what you plan to do is actually going to work and want a line of sight to how Agile is going to help them make things better.

This talk is going to explore a safe, pragmatic, and repeatable formula for leading change in large organizations. The Holy Grail for an executive is to tie dollars spent and activities performed to internal improvement metrics and ultimately improved business performance.

We'll start by discussing the elements of an Agile transformation business case and how to identify a meaningful value proposition for change. Throughout the presentation, we'll explore the change management and engagement techniques necessary to make sure you are building meaningful organizational support as you engage the enterprise. The goal of this talk is to show you how to systematically and planfully introduce agile into your organization.

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Mike Cottmeyer

CEO and Founder, LeadingAgile
Mike Cottmeyer, LeadingAgile founder and CEO, is passionate about solving the challenges associated with Agile in larger, more complex enterprises. To that end, his company is dedicated to providing large-scale Agile transformation services to help pragmatically, incrementally, and... Read More →

Thursday May 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Room 2
  Agile at Scale