Agile + DevOps East 2019 Concurrent Session : Using Lean XP to Supercharge Your Agile Delivery

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Using Lean XP to Supercharge Your Agile Delivery

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Most teams that do agile development start with Scrum. And why not? Scrum is a proven method for focusing your team, ensuring that work adds value, and minimizing the risk with release. Then, after awhile, Scrum becomes stagnant. There are no more speed increases, and the team focuses more on ceremonies than delivery. At this point, Extreme Programming (XP), and Lean XP in particular, is the next step in agile maturity. Lean XP means developing software at the last possible moment ("just-in-time development") using one-week sprints, test driven development, pairing at all levels, an emphasis on automated continuous integration and delivery pipelines, the use of release toggles, and eliminating work that does not add value. It helps teams focus on what really matters and minimizes distractions. Teams deploy faster and more confidently, deployment risk is minimized, and the quality of the deliverables improves. If you are working in an environment where you need to move fast and change is constant, then come learn if Lean XP is right for you.

Jim Collins
CUNA Mutual Group

Jim Collins is a certified SAFe Scaled Agilist, Professional ScrumMaster, and Project Management Professional. A Navy veteran, Jim has more than thirty years of experience in the defense, gaming (lottery), and financial industries. Jim has spent the last twenty years in various management roles in IT, with the last few years as a manager of digital transformation. Most recently, Jim successfully moved his teams from traditional Scrum to a lean version of Extreme Programming, using an approach championed by Pivotal software. He is not the guy who wrote Good to Great, although they do share the same name.

Amanda  Palovcsik
CUNA Mutual Group

Amanda Palovcsik is a Certified Scrum Master, Professional Scrum Master, and certified Scaled Agilist. With more than 15 years of project management experience in the broadcast, medical, and financial industries, including an overlap of seven years on Scrum and SAFe implementations in parallel to waterfall, Amanda has a diverse background of experience managing projects and teams of all sizes. Throughout her career, Amanda has focused on team member development and coaching in agile and PM practices, expanding the Scrum Master and Epic Owner roles in her current company, and improving reporting and communication methods while using Agile.