agileLUNCHBOX: Introduction to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

  • October 30, 2013 · 11:30 AM

In a 2010 study, "Agile Development: Mainstream Adoption Has Changed Agility," Forrester Research reported that roughly 63% of respondents had more than 20 members on a team. Conversely, many of the Agile books and early Agile success stories promote an ideal team size of five to nine people.  It goes without saying that projects with large teams are riskier, on multiple fronts, but how does an organization contain that risk and still be agile?  The Scaled Agile Framework was created for this purpose.  It provides a flexible framework for scaling up Agile development to teams far north of 20 team members.  He’ll give an overview of the SAFe version 2.5 and discuss his personal experiences implementing SAFe with a large health insurer. 


Alan Bustamante is a Principal Consultant with Xcelerate Partners and is on the leadership team for Agile Cincinnati. He has worked with software development teams for more than 12 years in tester, software engineer, business analyst, and project manager roles. Alan has worked on projects of various sizes in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, and in multiple industries, including energy, insurance, IT, manufacturing, non-profit, telecom, and consumer products. He has spent the last five years leading and developing Agile teams, and is passionate about promoting Agile values through his involvement in the Agile community.


Date: 10/30

Time: 11:30-1:00

(Food and networking 11:30-noon)

Location: OCLC

6565 Kilgour Place

Dublin, OH


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  • Bert C.

    Ran out of time. This would have been good to get more time to discuss with Alan.

    October 30, 2013

  • Brian B.

    The Eliassen Group loves Alan - we are huge fans. We will be sponsoring this event, looking forward to seeing everyone there.

    October 21, 2013

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