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APLN Chicago (Apr 2013) - Framework for Scaling Agile Adoption in an Enterprise


Often in a large organization, the resistance to change is considerable.  In these environments revolution and rapid transformation are all but impossible to achieve.

This month, we will be hosting a 90-minute workshop on the challenges of scaling agile adoption in a large organization.

Brad Appleton will be presenting his framework for an evolutionary, incremental approach to agile adoption. The primary focus of the framework is on scaling the adoption and adaptation of agile processes.

The presentation will be an interactive, moderated session in which the attendees will craft their own backlog of discussion topics.  Brad will then lead the group through a series of "timeboxed sprints" to address the most pressing issues.

  • sprint zero – 15min
  1. Introduction to the "big picture": Establish the overall vision/challenge and the initial backlog of issues to cover [10min]
  2. Use questions/commentary to clarify/calibrate the vision and “prioritize’ the backlog to identify which major challenge to tackle next [5min]
  • sprint one – 15min
  1. present overview/background of the first (highest prioritized) major challenge to discuss [5min]
  2. Facilitated dialogue (questions/comments/discussion) – [10min]
  3. Decide/prioritize the next major challenge from the backlog to address
  • sprint two, three and four - same as sprint one [15min each]
  • wrap-up/summary (if needed) [5-10min]

Total-time: 90 minutes


About the Facilitator

Brad Appleton is a software CM/ALM solution architect and lean/agile development champion at a large telecommunications company. He’s been in software development since 1986 and an Agile “convert” since 1998. Currently he helps projects and teams adopt and apply lean/agile development and CM/ALM practices and tools. Brad is coauthor of the book Software Configuration Management Patterns, a former columnist for the CM Journal and the Agile Journal, and a former section editor for The C++ Report.



Food will be provided during the networking period.

  • You can park in any of the open parking lots surrounding the building.  The covered parking is not available for visitors.
  • 6:00 - 6:30 Networking and dinner will take place in the building lobby (the lobby doors lock at 6:00, so we will keep the networking portion of the event in the lobby so we can admit stragglers.)
  • 6:30 - 8:00 Workshop (at 6:30, we'll proceed upstairs to the GoGo offices conference room for the presentation.)
  • 8:00 - 8:30 Additional breakout sessions/discussions


Your admission includes food and refreshments which will be provided during the Networking period.


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  • Lilia P.

    Great presentation, Brad!

    April 24, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    Great job Brad and good discussion throughout. Trying to advance this framework in an organization with such a strong waterfall and PMO-heavy culture can no easy task. Curious, how might Brad incrementally "test" his hypothesis of implementing this framework as well as the adoption success over the course of time to ensure true traction (i.e. behavioral retention) is being made.

    April 24, 2013

  • Michael M.

    Looking forward to Brad Appleton's workshop tonight. See you all at GoGo!

    April 23, 2013

  • Jim K.

    Business meeting conflict

    April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    taproot Foundation client meeting conflicts with this session. I was really looking forward to this topic and hope to make it to one of these sessions someday!

    April 15, 2013

  • Conrad W.

    Conflict with C/C++ Users' Group

    April 12, 2013

  • Bobby T.

    Sorry will miss this one.

    April 4, 2013

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