BeyondAgile - May Event: Guest Speaker Dean Leffingwell

BeyondAgile - May 2013

Be Agile. Scale Up. Stay Lean

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


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The Blurb:

Scrum, XP, Kanban and related methods have been proven to provide step changes in productivity and quality for software teams. However, these methods do not have the native constructs necessary to scale to the enterprise. What the industry desperately needs is a solution that moves from a set of simplistic, disparate, development-centric methods, to a scalable, unified approach that addresses the complex constructs and additional stakeholders in the organization—and enables realization of enterprise-class product or service initiatives via aligned and cooperative solution development.

In this tutorial, Dean Leffingwell describes how to accomplish this with the Scaled Agile Framework, a publicly–accessible knowledge base of proven Lean and Agile practices for enterprise-class software development. He approaches the problem from the perspectives of Lean thinking and principles of product development flow, illustrating how these core principles help deliver business results at scale, while keeping the development system—and the enterprise—lean and able to responsive rapidly to changing market needs.

Speaker Bio:

Dean Leffingwell, software industry veteran and Lean Systems Society Fellow, has spent his career helping software teams achieve their goals. A renowned methodologist, author, coach, entrepreneur and executive, he founded Requisite, Inc., which was acquired by Rational Software. At Rational, (now part of IBM), he served as vice president with responsibilities including the Rational Unified Process. As Chief Methodologist at Rally Software, he helped large enterprises achieve the business benefits of agility by helping to define and implement the tooling and practices they needed to support large-scale agile development.  Mr. Leffingwell is the author of Agile Software Requirements, Scaling Software Agility, and Managing Software Requirements, all from Addison-Wesley. His most recent project is the Scaled Agile Framework® (, a public-facing website which describes a comprehensive system for scaling Lean and Agile practices to the largest software enterprises.

Meeting Agenda:

  • 6:30 - 7:00: Food and Social Time

  • 7:00: Announcements

    • Events

    • Jobs sought/offered

    • Next meeting

  • 7:10: Guest Speaker - Dean Leffingwell

  • 8:15: Meeting Retrospective

  • 8:30: Meeting ends, clean up

Event Location:

Rally Software

135 Lake Street South, Suite 100

Kirkland, WA

Homeport Building

The main entrance to the building is accessed from the courtyard path off of Lake St or via elevator from underground parking. Rally's suite is just inside the main entrance of the building on Level 1.

Parking is free in two-hour increments on the street and limited underground in some visitor spots on lower level P1. To access underground parking, turn West (towards the water) into the driveway on the South side of the Homeport building. Follow the driveway and take second right into the lower level P1 parking.  Take the elevator up to Level 1 to the Rally suite.

Questions? Visit our Google Group (BeyondAgile), or our Google Site:

- What's BeyondAgile?

It's the Puget Sound-area group for meeting and learning from others who are using Agile, Lean, and other innovative approaches to improve how they work with others.

- When Do We Meet?

We generally meet on the *4th* Wednesday of the month, unless we have a chance to grab a fantastic presenter on another date.


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  • Jeff S.

    Don't forget to check out which has a great deal of content. There is also a presentation right now at with much the same slide deck and video also. Finally, there is the new LinkedIn group where Dean invites questions and conversation.

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • Matt K.

    The space was great (Thanks Rally) the company was good, and the speaker had good information to share.

    May 22, 2013

  • Jerry M.

    Dean has been there and back again. His insights about scaling agile are pure gold.

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very good

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Scaling Agile Framework was fantastic. I could have spent a whole day and probably more.

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • Tia L.

    Came down with a cold yesterday. So rather than spread my germs, I think I'll stay home. Catch you all next time.

    May 21, 2013

  • Lonny C.

    Ask attendees

    May 9, 2013

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