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Movin' on Up - Choosing a Scaled Agile Methodology that Fits

  • Agile Trailblazers

    1775 Greensboro Station Place, Tower 2 - Suite 401, McLean, VA (map)

    38.933868 -77.177261

  • Enter in Building 1765 or 1785 and walk over to the 1775 tower. Take the elevator to the 4th floor and walk to Suite 401.
  • Thanks to College Board and Agile Trailblazers we now have a convenient partner to host this meetup on a regular basis. 


    Meeting Abstract

    We are very happy to have a great speaker join our Meetup this month, Greg Howard, who will present us with an overview of the most popular scaled agile "methodologies" available.

    Scaling agile becomes a very hot topic as organizations face pressures to increase speed of value delivery to customers and stay innovative and competitive in an ever changing marketplace. Mr. Howard offers us a pragmatic overview of the various scaled agile “methodologies” that have been developed in the last few years, including, among others, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)  and Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD).

    Agile scaling will be presented within an organizational change management perspective where tailoring is key to a successful implementation. Understanding an organization’s needs becomes critical to optimally assess the various approaches and find the one(s) that best fit. Mr. Howard will discuss the complementarity of these approaches that can help provide a tailored solution to a wide range of challenges and issue within an organization when attempting to scale agile to deliver value to the customer, more quickly and with higher quality.

    About our Speaker - Greg Howard 

    Mr. Howard has been with MITRE since 2005 and has served in a variety of leadership positions. He has  over 30 years’ technical and programmatic engineering experience at the enterprise level within the Intelligence  Community.  He is an Agile SME and thought leader for applying agile methodologies at scale including projects involving the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the Air Force, the Defense Health Agency, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid, Veteran's Affairs and the IRS. 

    Mr. Howard is supporting MITRE Innovation Program (MIP) research on Agile Program Dynamics at Scale, and recently completed MIP research on “Maturing the Economic Aspects of Agile Development”. He is a contributing author to an SEI Technical Report on Agile Acquisition. 

    Mr. Howard is a Scaled Agile Framework certified Scaled Program Consultant 4 (SPC 4), a member of the D.C. Scaled Agilists Users Group, and a member of the INCOSE Agile Systems Engineering Working Group. 


    A rough agenda for this Meetup is:

    Arrive 5:45 - 6:00

    Refreshments - Socializing 5:45 - 6:15

    Topic Presentation / Discussion 6:15 - 7:15

    Wrap-up and Meetup Retro 7:15 - 7:30

    We look forward to meeting fellow agilists and discussing the challenges of scaling agile and possible solutions. 

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