LSSC12: Scaling Lean | Agile Development - Dean Leffingwell

This presentation was given at the Lean Software and Systems Conference 2012 (LSSC12).

Are you tired of the myth that Scrum, XP and Kanban do not scale to the needs of the larger software enterprise? Are you tired of the ideologies that prevent your enterprise from even trying to apply them? If the answer to either of the above is yes, this presentation is for you.

In this presentation, Dean Leffingwell will finally dispel these myths and ideologies by describing the Scaled Agile Framework(TM), a public-facing set of practices which have been used to successfully scale Lean|Agile development to hundreds--and even thousands--of practitioners at companies like BMC Corporation, John Deere and others.

He'll describe five key scaling mechanisms:

Scaling Value: Not everything is a User Story
Scaling Design: Complex systems require intentional architecture.
Scaling Team and Timebox: Aligning teams to a common mission with the Agile Release Train
Scaling Portfolio Management: Addressing legacy mindsets
Scaling Leadership: Your enterprise can be no leaner than your executives thinking.

However, since simply making Agile things bigger does not necessarily keep a system lean, Leffingwell will describe how the framework a) keeps work in process visible and limited, b) keeps backlogs and queues short, c) uses cadence and synchronization to manage variability and align teams to a common mission, and d) applies system-level continuous integration to facilitate fast customer feedback.

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