Scaling and Measuring Agile Adoption - by Damon Poole

As Agile methods have become common, adoption within a single development team is fairly straight forward. Scaling and measuring Agile methods with multiple teams often proves much more challenging. This presentation will cover the keys to success in scaling and measuring Agile methods beyond a single team.

I know we normally meet the 4th Wednesday of each month, but we have a rare opportunity to hear from Damon Poole, an Agile Coach who will be in town the 3rd Wednesday for another speaking engagement.  Hope to see you all here on August 21!

Damon Poole is the Chief Agilist for the Eliassen Group. His 22 years of software experience spans from small co-located teams all the way up global development organizations with hundreds of teams. Damon is a past President and Vice President of Agile New England. He writes frequently on the topic of Agile development, is the author of the web book “Do It Yourself Agile,” and a pioneer in the area of Multistage Continuous Integration and mixing Scrum and Kanban. Damon has spoken at numerous conferences including Agile and Beyond[masked], Agile Business Conference, Q-Con, Agile[masked], and Agile Development Practices and has trained thousands of people on Agile techniques.

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  • Karen D. S.

    Great speaker, topic and discussion!

    1 · August 23, 2013

  • Jeff A.

    Great speaker, kudos Damon! Even if I weren't already intrigued with Agile and the various methodologies that stem from it, I would be after that presentation. :)

    Now who will give me 10%? Can I get 11? ;)

    2 · August 22, 2013

    • Damon P.

      It's funny. I hadn't asked the question in that way before. Must have been the audience! ;)

      1 · August 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic session. Would love to see more on scaling across teams.....

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • Tim M.

    It was interesting to see 'big picture' agile - being new to Agile, I've mostly seen development teams go agile (with the exception of Farm Credit). I thought the presentation was good and very honest that the entire company has to buy into the methodology to see the huge benefits.

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • Alston H.

    Great presentation. Big thanks to Eliassen Group for hosting and arranging the speaker and food!

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • Michael B.

    Damon was very informative.

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • John P.

    Very interesting to see stategies of entire organization adapting to Agile! Good speaker

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • John R.

    I am interested in hearing about program level metrics and what is measured (epics, stories, etc), also experience with anti-scrum metrics (metrics that are counter to and may impede scrum performance)

    August 21, 2013

  • Damon P.

    Hi Bryan,

    It sounds like you have a pretty good handle on things! I can't promise that I'll have a lot to add to the well thought out approach you already have in place related to team performance. However, there may be some material that you'll be interested in related to the level of maturity at the team level and then also so ideas around the effectiveness of the organization overall.

    Looking forward to discussing with you further!

    Cheers,

    Damon

    August 21, 2013

  • Bryan M.

    Hi Damon,

    I'm interested in hearing about what specific metrics you recommend to use when measuring teams and any tips/suggestions you have on how to best approach the measuring process to ensure that teams don't feel like they are being singled out and that we're not using the metrics as levers. At my company we started doing monthly Ops Reviews (per David Anderson's recommendation in his Kanban book) this year and have found them to be very helpful. They have created a lot of transparency in how teams operate and also exposed a number of common "challenges" teams are facing. We have a mixture of both scrum and kanban teams. The main metrics we've been using are throughput and cycle time. We use Rally software and they recently came out with some new Cumulative Flow Charts and Time In Process charts that we've also started to leverage.

    Sorry for the long comment but any suggestions you have regarding the above would be great to hear this evening.

    August 21, 2013

  • Damon P.

    Hi Max,

    You say "not able to fully transition to Agile/Scrum/Kanban" . What is behind that?

    August 19, 2013

  • Damon P.

    Hi Paul,

    Any particular pain around leveraging waterfall talent? Are there not a lot of options for training? Are there particular issues that make the transition from waterfall to Agile difficult?

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Organizations that are not able to fully transition to Agile/Scrum/Kanban way and continue running projects in the waterfall way. How to ensure project and organizational success as the company scales agile adoption but continues supporting traditional methods?

    August 19, 2013

  • Paul S.

    I know from talking to managers in the Louisville area one pain point is 'how to leverage waterfall talent into an agile environment.'

    August 18, 2013

  • Damon P.

    See you all soon, looking forward to it! If there are things you are hoping to see in the session, let me know. No guarantees, but it is always helpful to know a bit about audience expectation on the way in.

    August 18, 2013

  • Chris R.

    As always, looking forward to it!

    August 16, 2013

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