Agile + DevOps East 2019 Tutorial: Scaling Agile: Having It Your Way

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Monday, November 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Scaling Agile: Having It Your Way

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There are way too many agile scaling frameworks today, but none of them really works so well out of the box, and each has some distinct challenges. Join Bob Galen and Mary Thorn in this interactive workshop where they will dive into each of the leading frameworks: SAFe, LeSS, [email protected], Nexus, and DAD. They’ll explore patterns from each that they’ve personally used and found high value in, as well as share what hasn’t worked for them—no fluff, just working patterns for the real world. Then they’ll help you analyze your scaling context and select the patterns that might work best for you. For example, if you’ve got an entrenched project-focused culture, we’ll explore product organizational patterns or a pattern for effectively handling UX and architecture across multiple teams. You’ll leave with your own list of practical scaling patterns that are customized to your organizational context, as well as ideas of what not to do in your future scaling efforts.

Bob Galen

Bob Galen is an agile practitioner, trainer & coach based in Cary, NC. In this role, he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is a Principal Agile Coach at Vaco Agile, a leading business agility transformation company. He is also President and Head Coach at RGCG a boutique agile coaching firm. Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), CAL I trainer, and an active member of the Agile & Scrum Alliances. He’s published three agile-centric books: Three Pillars of Agile Quality and Testing in 2012, Scrum Product Ownership, 3rd Edition in 2019, and Agile Reflections in 2012. He’s also a prolific writer, blogger, and podcasterBob may be reached directly at [email protected] or networking via LinkedIn

Mary Thorn

During her more than twenty years of experience with financial, health care, and SaaS-based products, Mary Thorn has held VP, director, and manager-level positions in various software development organizations. A seasoned leader and coach in agile and testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience building and leading teams through large-scale agile transformations. Mary’s expertise is a combination of agile scaling, agile testing, and DevOps that her clients find incredibly valuable. She is also chief storyteller of the book The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality, and an avid keynote and conference speaker on all things agile and agile testing.