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Bob Payne

Bob Payne

Bob Payne is the VP of enterprise consulting at LitheSpeed. An early adopter of Extreme Programming (XP), Scrum, and SAFe, he has worked exclusively as a lean+agile transformation leader since 1999. Bob brings a pragmatic approach to the use of “best fit” approaches from across the spectrum of practices and processes. He believes that the most important piece of any transformation is to grow the skills in the teams to build and create a culture of continuous improvement. Bob is founder and chair of the AgileDC conference, speaks at industry conferences worldwide, hosts the AgileToolkit podcast and has produced more than 170 podcasts.

Speaker Presentations
Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 8:30am
Leading SAFe–SAFe Agilist Certification Training (2 days)

In this two-day course, you will gain the knowledge necessary to lead an enterprise agile transformation by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework, and its underlying principles of lean thinking, and product development flow. You will leave with an understanding of how the principles and practices of the framework support Lean Thinking, Agile Development, SAFe ScrumXP, Agile Release Train, Agile Portfolio Management, Agile Architecture, and Scaling Leadership.

By the end of this course, attendees will be able to:

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 2:45pm
Scaling Agile
Scaling Agile: In Theory and Practice

Heated debate swirls around agile methods and how to scale them. Most of this energy is created by the perception that there exists but one true way to do agile. Einstein once said, “In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice they never are.” And the topic of agile at scale is the same. Bob Payne pragmatically approaches the discussion of how and when to scale agile. Not surprisingly, the theories about scaling agile methods exhibit similar properties and patterns despite all the dogma. So, why do certain patterns prevail, and how do those patterns change when confronted by the realities of practice? Tradeoffs are inevitable with the choice of how to scale agile practices. Explore the pros and cons of interlinked planning, teams of small teams, transparency, and continuous cross team integration. Let's bust some dogma and at the end of the session discuss specific scaling techniques.