Agile + DevOps West 2023 Concurrent Session : Are You Scaling Agile or Just Failing Agile?

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Are You Scaling Agile or Just Failing Agile?

One of the limitations of standard agile methodologies is that they are designed to operate primarily at the team level, with product owners, developers, testers, and other disciplines working together as a single team. So when you want to adopt agile practices on large programs or within large organizations, you will need to think about how do you scale your agile processes. However, many of the “off the shelf” agile processes are not really agile at all, resulting in organizations breaking one of the cardinal rules of the agile manifesto - individuals and interactions over processes and tools- taking SAFe, Nexus or any other prescribed methodology and force-fitting it will result in your team failing rather than scaling. In this session, Adam Sandman will discuss different ways you can incrementally scale up your use of agile approaches in an organization, use tools and processes intelligently (and sparingly) and makes sure it is driven by your needs and business value rather than some abstract framework. The key takeaways from this session include understanding the limits of agile in larger contexts, ways to allow complex organizations to embrace agile without micromanagement and bureaucracy, and case studies of successful & failed attempts to scale agile.

Adam Sandman

Adam Sandman was a programmer from the age of 10 and has been working in the IT industry for the past 20 years in areas such as architecture, agile development, testing and project management. Currently Adam is a Director of Technology at Inflectra Corporation, where he is interested in technology, business and enabling people to follow their passions. At Inflectra, Adam has been responsible for researching the tools, technologies and processes in the software testing and quality assurance space. Adam has previously spoken at STARWEST, STAREAST, Agile+DevOps West, Agile+DevOps East, STPCon, Swiss Testing Day, InflectraCon, TestingMind, EuroSTAR, Agile Testing Days, TestCon Europe, UNICOM, GSDC and STARCANADA.