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ELSIG Monthly Meetup

  • Jun 19, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Agile and Enterprise Architecture 

SPEAKER: David S. Frankel 

About the Speaker:

David S. Frankel has over 30 years of experience as a programmer, architect, and technical strategist. He is recognized as a pioneer and international authority on the subject of model-driven systems and semantic information modeling. He has published two books and dozens of trade press articles, and has co-authored a number of industry standards including UML, ISO 20022,, and the XBRL Abstract Model.

The IT domains in which he has recent experience are: Enterprise architecture, service-oriented architecture, model-driven systems, semantic information modeling, UML, XBRL, software product lines, business vocabularies, and domain-specific languages.

The business domains in which he has recent experience are: ERP financials, banking, electronic payments, and financial reporting. 

Details of talk: 

Agile development processes are gaining popularity because they address a key problem in software development, which is that project requirements are fluid and can’t be fully known up front.  Agile yields real results by embracing and managing this fluidity with a flexible discipline.

In order for Agile to scale in development organizations that have many Agile development teams, the teams cannot function as islands disconnected from each other.  Without some framework for coordination, the software that the teams produce tends toward silos that don’t integrate well with each other.

Enterprise architecture (EA) has become popular in sizeable development organizations precisely because it focuses on how IT assets interconnect.  The challenge is how to leverage EA without killing the spirit of Agile; we must avoid a fruitless clash between EA’s tendency to paint a big, relatively stable picture, vs. Agile’s preference for dynamic, emergent design.  The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is a response to this challenge. 

This talk has two parts:

·  Part 1 briefly outlines the basics of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) approach to enterprise architecture and Agile development

·  Part 2 applies SAFe to the concrete example of mobile computing, illustrating the judicious use of enterprise architecture in a manner that respects and empowers the Agile development teams

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6:15 - 7:00 Early arrival recommended!
6:30 - 7:00 Registration / Checkin
6:30 - 7:00 Enjoy wine, beer, cheese, fruit, snacks, pizza, soda and networking
6:31 - 6:59 Engineering Leadership Peer-2-Peer Roundtable
7:00 - 7:10 Introduction and opening announcements
7:10 - 8:25 Keynote and Q&A
8:25 - 8:30 Closing announcements
8:30 - 8:45 Informal networking and followup Q&A
8:45 - 8:50 Clean up - please leave the room beautiful
8:50 - 9:00 Clear the room & have a safe trip home!

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  • Daisie

    Hi Everyone! Glad you could make it last Thursday and we are thrilled that you got so much out of it. David shared his presentation with us and it can be found here:

    Have a great week!

    1 · June 23, 2014

  • Ron L.

    David also did a fantastic job of guiding our challenge, as engineering leaders, to walk the tightrope between agile's call for emergent design and the need for some form of architecture to hold large programs and portfolios together. "Scale without breaking the spirit of Agile," was how he put it.

    June 20, 2014

  • Anjan T.

    Hi everyone, I am looking forward to tonite's presentation. In the mean time I would like to get some conversation going by asking to what extent do you use Agile in your projects? Or do you follow similar approach but do not call it "Agile"?

    1 · June 19, 2014

    • Thomas De L.

      Agile is only now starting to take broad hold at my wotk.

      June 19, 2014

    • Ron L.

      Conducting the Study of Product Team Performance, we've seen year-over-year growth in agile use. The most startling result (imo) of the 2013 study was agile-related:­ . Summary of the other 2013 study results here:­

      June 20, 2014

  • Sue S.

    David did a fantastic job of connecting the dots between Agile teams and enterprise architecture through SAFe concepts.

    1 · June 20, 2014

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