Lean Scaled Agile Release Management - presented by Amber King

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Lean Scaled Agile Release Management - presented by Amber King

In a rapidly-scaling software organization, working across an increasing number of teams, features, and products can quickly lead to misalignment, poor focus, and costly mistakes. However, it is not easy to introduce effective, scaled release planning to teams that thrive on minimal processes.

In this talk, Amber King discusses Opower’s unique lean release planning process, which fuses the best techniques from SAFe’s release planning, lean canvas concepts, lean start-up techniques, and our own innovations to align all necessary parties, but keep planning at scale to the essentials. This technique incorporates iterative planning, a planning offsite, and a division-wide science fair where product and engineering teams are quickly able to understand the vision, roadmaps, and dependencies of over 20 teams in under one hour. Amber presents a planning cadence, lean-agile techniques, and how Opower rolled out this process to their 7 largest programs and over 25 teams.

About the Presenter:

Amber King is a Senior Agile Program Manager at Opower, a rapidly-growing start-up founded in 2007 that has become the global leader in cloud-based software for the utility industry. Opower focuses on using behavioral science to get utility customers to save energy.

Amber works in product operations with hundreds of engineers, product managers and executives to effectively scale Opower while preserving their agility and ability to deliver predictably.

Previously, Amber drove the transition from waterfall to agile development at National Geographic and has been leading agile teams in a variety of industries for 10 years. She began her career as a Software Engineer at IBM and is passionate about environmental sustainability and tailoring agile solutions to improve software quality and time to market. She is a Certified SAFe Agilist, Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and Project Management Professional (PMP).

VENUE: Microsoft - Friendship Heights Location

Microsoft has graciously offered to host the meeting in their Friendship Heights office location.

The venue is at:

5404 Wisconsin Ave, 5th Floor, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.

NOTE: The meeting room is on the 7th Floor.

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Public Transportation

The Microsoft venue is very convenient to public transportation, right next to the Friendship Heights Metro stop on the Red Line.


There is a parking garage adjacent to the Microsoft facilities. Park in the Bloomingdale/Whole Foods lot. There's a small parking fee.