Nancy Van Schooenderwoert
Topic: Scaling Agile for Hardware-Software Products
When you attempt to scale your Agile approach beyond software development to cover all of your product technologies for the whole lifecycle, you need answers to key questions like:
- Doesn't hardware need far longer sprints than Agile allows?
- Do all teams have to be cross-functional?
- How do we coordinate among teams on a very large project?
- Is there a point where the dependencies become unmanageable?
Now it seems that everyone is searching for a way to widen the benefits they've seen from Agile software teams, and they're trying out many different tactics. Agile scaling is not like other business change initiatives where you can paint a clear vision of the goal for everyone to see. We cannot mastermind a complete detailed picture of what our company will be like fully Agile - too many variables! The real question is:
"Can we create an emerging vision along the way that is strong enough to keep the transformation going?"
Nancy V believes that this is possible. We'll take an empirical approach - addressing these questions by looking at real project situations from the instructor's experience and yours.
About the session leader:
Nancy Van Schooenderwoert is an Agile Enterprise coach and founder of Lean-Agile Partners, Inc. She was among the first to apply Agile methods to embedded systems development, as an engineer, manager, and consultant. She has led Agile change initiatives beyond software development in safety-critical, highly regulated industries, and coached clients in the art of Agile technical and management leadership.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and is a founder and past president of Agile New England. Nancy speaks at numerous Agile professional gatherings worldwide, and works with clients aerospace, factory automation, medical devices, defense systems, and financial services.
Topic: Agile Values and Principles
Agile is nothing more and nothing less than the Agile Values and Principles. Originally articulated by the 17 signatories of the Agile Manifesto, they underpin all agile practices. As more and more organizations have begun to adopt agile practices they find that it is almost impossible to sustain those transformations on the practices alone. They are doing Agile, but not Being Agile. In order to Be Agile you need a clear understanding of the Agile Principles behind the manifesto.
This workshop will introduce you to the 12 Agile Principles and start you on the way to a deeper understanding of them. You can bring this understanding to your teams and leaders and show them how to Be Agile.
About the session leader:
David Grabel is a passionate enterprise agile coach. He has introduced Scrum, Kanban, XP, and SAFe to organizations of sizes varying from single team startups to large organizations with over 500 teams. Previous clients include PayPal, Bose, and Trizetto. He helped develop a process for integrating Lean UX design with Scrum delivery teams that was rolled out to 15 Lean UX teams supporting over 100 delivery teams around the world. He is certified as CSM, CSP & SPC and is studying at the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. He recently presented a workshop at Agile 2015 on Patterns for Scaling Agile.
David is a past president of Agile New England. He is currently bringing agile beyond engineering at Vistaprint. Previously, he was Vice President of Engineering at Monetrics a startup that was acquired by JM Family Enterprises. Other previous senior management positions include Vice President of Product Technology at Thomson and Vice President of Development at Politzer & Haney.
Agile 101 courses run from 6:00 to 6:45 during the networking period of the monthly meeting.
A sign-up sheet is posted at 5:30 near the check-in table.
Capacity is limited to 10 people per class, and sign-up is first come, first served.