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Scaling with Feature vs. Component Teams Featuring Ken Rubin, Essential Agile

Scaling with Feature vs. Component Teams... Featuring Ken Rubin, author of Essential Agile (#1 Agile book on Amazon.com)

Using Agile with one team and one product backlog is straightforward. But, how do we scale to support larger products/projects that involve more people than can reasonably fit on a single team? Most agile practitioners recommend scaling with feature teams--cross-functional and cross-component teams that can pull end-customer features from the product backlog and complete them. Most large organizations prefer scaling with component teams--teams that focus on the development of a component or subsystem that can be used to create only part of an end-customer feature. It would be naive to assume that one type of team is always superior to another in all situations--given the diversity of organizations and the work that they do. In this session I describe and then apply an economic framework for making informed tradeoffs when considering whether to scale with component teams, feature teams, or a blended model. By considering the economic consequences of our choices, we can address multi-team waste and better achieve the fast, flexible flow of features while maintaining the integrity of core components.

Cost:  FREE!!!

AGENDA:

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM  Networking

7:00 PM - 7:10 PM  Welcome & Introduction

7:10 PM - 8:10 PM  Agile Speakers

8:10 PM - 8:30 PM  Q&A

8:30 PM - 9:00 PM  Book Signing & Wrap-up


Ken Rubin will be signing copies of his book, Essential Scrum.  

Please bring your own copy of the book to have signed.  If you do not have a copy, you can purchase one on Amazon, have the book shipped to you, and bring it to the event to have it signed. 

Learn more about Ken's book: www.essentialscrum.com

Purchase Essential Scrum: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0137043295

Ken Rubin:

Ken Rubin is Managing Principal at Innolution, a company that provides Scrum and agile training and coaching to help companies develop products in an effective and economically sensible way. A Certified Scrum Trainer, Ken has trained over 22,000 people on agile and Scrum, Kanban, Smalltalk development, managing object-oriented projects, and transition management. He has coached over 200 companies, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 10.

Ken was the first managing director of the worldwide Scrum Alliance. He is the author of the Amazon #1 best-selling book Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process. He is also the creator of the Visual AGILExicon®, a freely available set of vibrant, four-color icons for composing graphically rich and visually appealing three dimensional representations of agile and Scrum concepts.

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  • Nidhi S.

    Thanks :-)

    April 10, 2015

  • Tich N.

    It was indeed an excellent presentation with lots of practicalities. Appreciate very much if you can share the document.

    April 9, 2015

  • Nidhi S.

    Can you please share the presentation material. Thx

    April 9, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent discussion. I found it very informative and insightful.

    April 9, 2015

  • Prakash B.

    Great presentation. Ken is so fluent in conveying the message.

    1 · April 8, 2015

  • Masa K M.

    Thank you Ken for an amazing presentation and to the organizers, Stacey et al. for always making the meetups better.

    1 · April 7, 2015

  • Peter M. A.

    A superb crowd of 200 in a great facility only surpassed by the value of the presentation. Ken truly ties a lot of Agile theory and practices together into a comprehensive perspective on how to scale teams while maintaining alignment and flow.

    2 · April 7, 2015

  • Scott F.

    Amazing event and I can't wait to read the book. Finally someone addressed some of the issues that process design and engineering just doesn't solve - the HUMAN issue. Thanks Ken!

    1 · April 7, 2015

    • Scott F.

      And thanks to the team and Stacey for sourcing this great event - and to Symantec for hosting

      April 7, 2015

  • Ken R.

    Hi everyone! Thanks for hosting me last night. You have a great group and I loved the discussion. You can download a copy of the material that I presented at: http://www.innolution.com/resources/presentations/svaln-2015-scaling-with-feature-vs.-component-teams

    7 · April 7, 2015

    • Marcia Leandra M.

      Ken! Thank you for your energy, expertise, and time. It was a memorable evening with plenty of good insights on scaling agile teams. I hope you'll be back soon. Thanks for sending this link, also! Best regards, Marcia.

      April 7, 2015

    • Amjad S.

      Thank you Ken for all your energy and knowledge. This was a great experience. Looking forward to learn more from you.

      April 7, 2015

  • Saurabh

    Ken , Thanks for the amazing presentation. A great explanation on this complex topic. This is key for any Agile transformation and organization should be mature enough and should have the infrastructure like continues integration/continues delivery and automation to support this change. Glad I attended. Thank you Stacey, Sam for another very well organized event.

    1 · April 7, 2015

  • Roberto P.

    Excellent talk. I think I'll bring back more than a few ideas back to my company. I specially liked the idea of looking at the baton rather than the runners.

    3 · April 6, 2015

    • Stacey L.

      That was a great analogy!

      April 7, 2015

  • Bob L.

    Very clear and engaging presentation of a difficult subject, delivered by a true expert! Thanks, Ken, for the material too (further study to go with the book!). And thanks Stacey, Sam, and team for a generous hosting effort, too : ) - Bob

    2 · April 7, 2015

  • kalpana a.

    Great!

    1 · April 7, 2015

  • Peter T.

    Best yet. Excellent speaker talking about a difficult topic. Gave me plenty of ammo to use in my current situation. Many thanks to Ken (of course) and the organizers.

    3 · April 7, 2015

  • Elaine B.

    Really enjoyed this, thanks for putting on such a great event!

    2 · April 7, 2015

  • Arnaud F.

    Great presentation. Very refreshing. Kudos to Ken.
    Thanks Stacey, Sam and organizers for being able to get rid of the waiting list.

    1 · April 7, 2015

  • Bill D.

    Should be 10 stars.

    1 · April 7, 2015

  • Hadi K.

    Worth fighting the traffic to get there. Thanks for organizing it, Stacey.

    1 · April 6, 2015

  • Chaitanya

    Loved every bit of it and the simplicity in explaining - Kudos to Ken and, most importantly, to organizers!

    1 · April 6, 2015

  • Satish V.

    Great presentation, thanks to Ken and to Kevin too for organizing it...

    2 · April 6, 2015

  • Scott S.

    Excellent presentation. Kevin is a great speaker, with a most relevant topic.

    1 · April 6, 2015

  • Brian W.

    Can we get Ken's presentation from tonight?

    1 · April 6, 2015

  • Yathiraj K M.

    Great presentation

    1 · April 6, 2015

  • Maria V.

    Awesome presentation!

    1 · April 6, 2015

  • Steve M.

    That was the Leanest Scrum talk I've heard. Very refreshing.

    1 · April 6, 2015

  • Brian W.

    @krubinagile is Rocking the House on Scaling with Feature vs. Component Teams here @symantec #svaln

    1 · April 6, 2015

  • Sam L.

    The entrance to this room is under a glass covered awning. If you are starting at the crosswalk across Ellis St (heading away from the VTA station!), as you approach the patio you'll see a group of 4 Palm trees to your left and a Bougainvillea and Palm tree to your right. Keep walking toward the glass covered walkway. The meeting room entrance is on your left, between the "Cafe'" sign and a 3-panel Symantec poster.

    If you're not taking VTA, you're welcome to park in the lot closer to VTA, and use the crosswalk, or park in any of the other Symantec parking lots.

    April 1, 2015

    • Steve M.

      Are there any umbrellas? N, S,W of E from Ellis intersection?

      April 6, 2015

    • Amjad S.

      Yes lots of umbrellas.

      April 6, 2015

  • Sam L.

    When I click the map link on the MeetUp site, I get a Google Map with the dot exactly at the entrance door you need to use tonight. Please don't go to the Symantec main entrance, or the building we used in January, those reception areas will be closed.

    If you encounter personnel Symantec outside the buildings, you can ask them to direct you to the vCafe' meeting room.

    We're very close to the VTA Middlefield stops - light rail and bus :-) .

    1 · April 6, 2015

  • RISHI S.

    I am remote , is it possible to share the conversation by WebEx/ Webinar / Go To Meeting.

    March 18, 2015

    • Stacey L.

      Hi - sorry we won't be broadcasting this event live.

      March 24, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    I too am remote and am interested in the topic will thee be an online component to this?

    March 18, 2015

    • Stacey L.

      Hi - sorry we won't be broadcasting this event live.

      March 24, 2015

  • Jennifer S.

    Ken Rubin will be signing copies of his book, Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process. Please bring your own copy of the book to have signed. Can purchase through Amazon.com. To learn more about Essential Scrum or to purchase a book, please click the following links:

    www.essentialscrum.com

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/0137043295//ref=cm_sw_su_dp?tag=innolution-20

    1 · March 23, 2015

  • Sam L.

    This whole group of Symantec buildings has the address 350 Ellis St, Mountain View. If you use the 350 Ellis St address in Google Maps you should see "Lifeworks Restaurants" (they run the cafeteria). That will get you very close.

    This building is on the Middlefield side of the crosswalk (across Ellis St).

    The meeting room is behind the cafeteria.

    Middlefield Station on VTA Light Rail is nearby, as is the VTA bus stop at Middlefield Station.

    3 · March 13, 2015

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