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

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

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!!!


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.

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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.