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Agile for the Enterprise: An Overview of the Scaled Agile Framework

"Oh agile is great for a team of six or seven people, but how can we make it work for a real project?" is question often heard by those adopting agile methods. After all, many of the more widely known agile methods make some very specific assumptions about the development environment: small co-located teams, short time boxes, and the assumption of a dedicated and near omnicient produt owner. Unfortunately the agile methods themselves provide little guidance for agile adoption beyond a team which leaves growing projects floundering as they re-invent and re-discover the practices necessary to support their growth. Or organizations adopt agile methods only at the "team level" and rely on more traditional life cycle models at the program level. Unfortunately such hybrid approaches leave substantial program level benefits “on the table”.

Yet, many organizations have adopted and realized the benefits of agile beyond just a set of team practices and in this presention you will learn how these organiztions "embrace change" at their program and portfolio levels. You will learn how agile principles and practices can scale up from the team to the program and portfolio levels. You will also learn elements of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) which can serve as a practical guide for structuring and running large agile programs. Others have benefited from agile programs, why shouldn’t you?

About Steve Adolph

Steve Adolph is President and a co-founder with Development Knowledge where he pursues his passion for helping organizations get the job done. Steve has been creating and managing software development projects long enough to remember Fortran and PDP-11s. His professional career ranges over many exciting and critical projects including designing call processing software for digital telephone exchanges, design and development of leading edge network management systems, railway signaling, and telecom billing. He has diverse experience over many different job roles from developer to chief engineer, to CTO, across many different industries, from telecom, to graphic arts.

Steve is active in the agile software development community and is the co-founder of Agile Vancouver, has served as a stage producer and program chair for various agile conferences including this year’s Agile 2011. He has spoken at a variety of conferences and has authored numerous articles on the topic of software development.

Academically, Steve holds a doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineer at the University of British Columbia.

In his downtime, Steve enjoys the usual Canadian west coast lifestyle of skiing, cycling, kayaking, and hiking. He occasionally tries to practice karate and is passionate about aviation. There are rumors he has a secret passion for opera.

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  • Andrew R.

    I have been researching this framework for about a year and a half. It was nice to get a first-hand talk about the application. I'm interested to know more about companies that have implemented the framework from top to bottom and the challenges they met along the way.

    January 22, 2014

  • Len W.

    I got a lot better understanding of how scaled agile works. It was a very good presentation.

    January 21, 2014

  • Rob M.

    Good overview, very credible. Has my learning more the next day.

    January 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Encouraging to see how Agile can scale

    January 21, 2014

  • Annavie


    January 21, 2014

  • Pawan K.

    nice insight to scaled agile framework .. definitely worth leatning more about it . thank you agile vancouver for the session

    January 20, 2014

  • Johnny H.

    Excellent clear, concise delivery of the topic, while also addressing the FUD out there.

    January 20, 2014

  • Iman K.

    It was great for me

    January 20, 2014

  • Susan P.

    What an amazing response to this topic -- so many people have signed up.

    Would love it if people would share what their specific interest is, or what they are hoping to get out of the presentation.

    1 · January 17, 2014

    • Renee H.

      I am a tech writer and hope to see how technical writing fits within an agile framework. I realize the presenter might not cover that in any detail and that's not what I was expecting anyway.

      January 17, 2014

    • Susan P.

      My background is also in technical communication -- if you get a chance, please come and introduce yourself at the meeting. You might also get some ideas from a slide cast recorded from a presentation I did for the local STC chapter (http://www.slideshare...­)

      1 · January 17, 2014

  • Swapnil S.

    Looking forward to the Agile for the Enterprise talk

    1 · January 17, 2014

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