Agile + DevOps East 2023 Concurrent Session : Agile Leadership and the Agile Program Office

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Agile Leadership and the Agile Program Office

In many agile project settings, agile leadership comes from the triad of the Agile Coach, Chief Product Owner, and Chief Scrum Masters. But in the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) community, this agile triad needs to share agile leadership with the Program Management Office (PMO). The A&D style of programs requires additional responsibilities and concerns for agile leadership teams, such as contractual concerns, scope management, risk and opportunity management, proposal development and other issues that arise from a government contract environment. The tensions and commonality between these two groups and how they handle them will often determine the success of their agile practice and the overall development effort. There are a number of success patterns and techniques that the coaches, CPOs and CSMs can use to bridge the gap between the agile triad and the PMO. One of the success patterns is to support the transition of the PMO to and agile PMO. In this talk, we will discuss the success patterns that the agile leadership on the program can use to effectively deliver value to our customers.

Northrop Grumman

Ray Renner is an Consulting Agile Coach and Technical Fellow Emeritus at Northrop Grumman Space Systems with over 30 years of experience in software engineering and systems development. His experience has covered all aspects of software and systems engineering, including architecture, requirements, design and development, software processes, and technical leadership. As Agile Coach for Northrop Grumman Space Systems where he is working to upskill Lean-Agile and Dev*Ops practices across Northrop Grumman. He is the Product Owner of Northrop Grumman Space Systems' Lean Agile Center of Excellence (LACE) and is a certified trainer for Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). He has also been an adjunct professor at The George Washington University teaching graduate courses in Software Engineering and Software Architecture.