Agile + DevOps East 2023 Concurrent Session : Transitioning to Agile: Changing Processes in the Pandemic

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

Transitioning to Agile: Changing Processes in the Pandemic

A large-scale effort project with multiple teams decided to establish a transition in their development process from the traditional waterfall methodology towards agile development. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. As with any transition, there were stepping-stones and falling points. However, doing so in the midst of a global pandemic certainly did not make it any easier! The program initially was one large organization with a single work area. It since has been transformed into three different work areas within a division, experimented with a number of different processes and tools, and worked on communication gaps together. This session will talk to three different viewpoints of the transition: leadership in a scaled agile framework, the chief scrum master of the organization, and the development team. We will talk about lessons learned through our journey, what we are working towards now, and what things we want to achieve in the future of the program.

NSWC Dahlgren Division

Jonathan Graham has been in the thick of agile development efforts for the better part of 16 years, working through all different roles on the agile teams. His experience as a developer, tester, automation engineer, product owner, scrum master, and chief scrum master for large-scale projects has provided many opportunities to experiment, fail and adapt to allow him to lead agile transformations at large-scale effort.

NSWC Dahlgren Division

Angela Mejeur has 20 years of software development and testing experience. She has led multiple joint government-industry software teams to include leading a team of over 40 software developers during a global pandemic. During this time, she transitioned her team from stove-piped individual teams to a matrixed agile organization supporting multiple projects. She stepped into a line leadership position while in a majorly remote state, developing and growing the workforce while also altering development processes and the way the program executes its business functions.