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Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Scaling, Spreading, and Succeeding: When to Do What and Why

More and more large organizations are adopting agile methods. As they do, many are adding more process than needed and are not stopping to work out what level of process will actually help their products or projects. David Hussman discusses the use of agile methods on large programs and small teams at large organizations like Disney, Target, Siemens, and others. David uses real-world experiences as examples for teaching concrete ideas about when scale is needed and not, as well as how to generally spread lasting agility that is based on concrete measures of success. Be warned: You will be participating. To prepare, show up with one or more situations where you would like to see agile methods spread throughout an organization or scaled to address the production challenges of a large system or process. Working in pairs and small groups, learn how to apply less process with more value, while being mindful that large groups working on a single effort will need disciplined practices to synchronize, validate, and promote real and lasting agility. Please show up with your questions, experiences, and skepticism. The latter is always welcome.

David Hussman

Working with companies of all sizes worldwide, David Hussman teaches and coaches the adoption of agile methods as powerful delivery tools. Sometimes he pairs with developers and testers; other times he helps plan and create product roadmaps. David often works with leadership groups to pragmatically use agile methods to foster innovation and a competitive business advantage. Prior to working as a full-time coach, he spent years building software in the audio, biometrics, medical, financial, retail, and education sectors. David now leads DevJam, a company composed of agile collaborators. As mentors and practitioners, DevJam ( focuses on agility as a tool to help people and companies improve their software production skills.