Do Not Scale Agile, Do Agile at Scale

Many companies have achieved Agile at the team and are now looking at scaling.  The answer to them is “don’t.”  Scaling Agile just takes a missed point and extends it.  The driver for Agile should be quicker delivery of business value, predictably, sustainably and with good quality.  To achieve this requires an holistic approach that encompasses the entire value stream (think of the value stream as the workflow from concept beginning to deployment and consumption).

The proper way to start Agile is driving it from business value.  This requires looking at the entire flow of how business value is created.  The team only covers a small part of this. Driving from the team will achieve a certain level of success but will taper off eventually.

The talk discusses the following Agile at scale issues:

  • The inherent challenges in Agile at scale.
  • Why not to start an Agile transition at the team level
  • How Lean’s system thinking, just-in-time and focus on quality are essential
  • Why it’s “people and process” or why good people in bad systems do poorly
  • What you must manage at scale
  • The four steps to achieve Agile at scale
    • Proper product management
    • Improve your eco-system
    • Coordinate your teams
    • Continuously learn
  • Decisions you must make and constraints you must live with - The Rapid Inflection Point System
  • The proper way to do SAFe – transition, substitution, enhancement

Intended Audience: Executives, business sponsors, directors, managers, team leads, product managers, product owners, QA leads, anyone else who is interested in large scale Agile. Those considering adopting SAFe


5:30pm - 6:00pm Food*
6:00pm - 6:10pm Introduction by Mike Spranger
6:10pm - 7:10pm

The talk

7:10pm - 8:00pm Q&A

* Pizza is free, but we suggest a contribution of $1-2 a slice that is split between the Seattle's Union Gospel and Millionair Club.


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How to Register: 

Please take the Register link to Register. You need to register or you won't be allowed in as there is security at the door:

Upon arrival, you’ll sign in at the desk in the 1st floor lobby, be issued a visitors badge and directed to the Conference Center entrance just off the lobby.

All the Details

Nov. 16, 2015 8:30pm to 11:00pm PST
Cost: Free
Expeditors 1st Floor Conference Center
1015 3rd Ave

Seattle WA 98104 US
Questions or problems with registration or directions? Contact Mike Shalloway for assistance.
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PDUs: 1 PDU Category B

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