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Meet the Scaled Agile Framework (Dean Leffingwell, USA)

And again, an international speaker and big Agile name in Wellington - yay :-)

This time it's Dean Leffingwell who has written several books and presented at Agile 2012 in Texas and other cool conferences around the globe.

At AgileWelly we're very thankful to Assurity Consulting to get Dean to NZ and make it possible for him to speak at AgileWelly. And of course we're also very thankful to Dean himself.

Here's what he's going to talk about:


Are you tired of the myth that Scrum, XP and Kanban do not scale to the enterprise level? Are you tired of the ideologies on both sides that can prevent the successful application and benefits of these innovative methods in really large scale systems development?

In this talk, Dean Leffingwell will finally dispel these myths and illustrate how the Scaled Agile Framework™, a public-facing knowledge base that builds on proven agile methods, can be used to successfully scale Lean/Agile development to programs requiring the cooperation of hundreds of software practitioners.

Speaker bio:

Dean Leffingwell is an entrepreneur, executive, author and consulting methodologist who provides agile transformation consulting services to large software enterprises.

Dean was the chief methodologist to Rally Software where he focused on the application of agile development methods to large scale software development. Dean also served as Sr. Vice President to Rational Software (now IBM’s Rational Division), where his responsibilities included development and commercialization of the Rational Unified Process (RUP), ClearQuest, RequisitePro and the company’s methodology and product training courses.

Dean is the author of several books, Agile Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise ; Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises, and Managing Software Requirements: First and Second Editions

Other important stuff:

- Please make sure to RSVP as we're expecting a high turnout

- We'll start around 5.30 or 5.45 dependent on Dean's arrival from Auckland

- You'll probably have noticed but this isn't our normal timeslot. Due to Dean's availability we have moved from the 25th to the 26th.

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  • Alfred E.

    Dean oozes experience. It is clear that his framework was not put together in a lab, but comes from years of observation in the field. Finally we have a framework that can work in a big enterprise, rather than just concentrating on team based practises. The Scaled Agile Framework feels like a natural extension of what we already have in Scrum and Kanban.

    September 28, 2012

  • Chris C.

    It's great to see some patterns for large multi-team projects - I esp. liked normalised sizing, and the synced timelines. Not so sure about the Features layer (sitting between Epics and Stories), but I can see where a Huge Product (in NZ terms) might need this. Thanks to the Assurity team for introducing us to Dean:)

    September 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great speaker and a great topic

    September 27, 2012

  • Gillian C.

    Fantastic talk from Dean showing Agile can really scale. If you want to see his slides (same ones as Agile 2012) they are on his blog:

    September 27, 2012

    • Clare B.

      Thanks - really helpful! The talk covered so much, so quickly, that this is wonderful.

      September 27, 2012

  • Clare B.

    A lot of ground covered. I will have to hop onto the website and do a bit of follow-up!

    September 27, 2012

  • Larrie T.

    this was a real eye-opener. I hadn't thought about scaling Agile before. great presentation.

    September 27, 2012

  • Aidan S.

    Interesting. Very fast speaker, and busy busy slides.

    September 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    slides were not clear

    September 26, 2012

  • Horia

    "Defend your team by visualizing capacity" - must make visible what's realistically achievable.

    September 26, 2012

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