Agile and Enterprise Architecture – Synergy in Practice

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Agile development processes are gaining popularity because they address a key problem in software development, which is that project requirements are fluid and can’t be fully known up front.  Agile yields real results by embracing and managing this fluidity with a flexible discipline.

In order for Agile to scale in development organizations that have many Agile development teams, the teams cannot function as islands disconnected from each other.  Without some framework for coordination, the software that the teams produce tends toward silos that don’t integrate well with each other.

Enterprise architecture (EA) has become popular in sizeable development organizations precisely because it focuses on how IT assets interconnect.  The challenge is how to leverage EA without killing the spirit of Agile; we must avoid a fruitless clash between EA’s tendency to paint a big, relatively stable picture, vs. Agile’s preference for dynamic, emergent design.  The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is a response to this challenge. 

This Webinar has two parts:

• Part 1 outlines the basics of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) approach to enterprise architecture and Agile development 

• Part 2 applies SAFe to the concrete example of mobile computing, illustrating the judicious use of enterprise architecture in a manner that respects and empowers the Agile development teams

The Presenters:

David S. Frankel has over 30 years of experience as a programmer, architect, and technical strategist. He is recognized as a pioneer and international authority on the subject of model-driven systems and semantic information modeling. He has published two books and dozens of trade press articles, and has co-authored a number of industry standards including UML, ISO 20022, BIAN.org, and the XBRL Abstract Model.

The IT domains in which he has recent experience are: Enterprise architecture, service-oriented architecture, model-driven systems, semantic information modeling, UML, XBRL, software product lines, business vocabularies, and domain-specific languages.

The business domains in which he has recent experience are: ERP financials, banking, electronic payments, and financial reporting. 

Sue Shreve has over 20 years of experience in commercial software. She is a cPrime trainer and coach for companies using Scrum and other Agile processes. Her certifications include CSM, CSPO, CSP, SAFe Consultant. She has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University as well. She has been involved in all aspects of Agile adoption, in a diverse set of industries and company sizes.  She has an extensive background in software product management and is passionate about Agile!

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