Scaling the Agile Framework using SAFe
Presented by Noopur Davis and Darryl Davis
Date: March 19, 2014 from 5:30 - 7:00pm
Location: Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2000 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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Presentation Abstract: So you trained and coached a Scrum team of 7 +/- 2 people: the team is executing on a cadence and delivering high-quality software. Team members are happy. Then management says, “This is great. But most of our products are being developed by teams of 100s, scattered across the country and the globe. How do we scale what this one team has done to a team of 100? Or 200? Or more?”
For the past couple of years, we have been scaling Agile to dozens of teams, distributed across multiple geos, all working together to deliver a single product. Based loosely on the Scaled Agile Framework, with additional concepts from Scaling Agile @ Spotify, and the Team Software Process, the results have been encouraging. We have personally coached half-a-dozen Scaled Agile release trains.
In this presentation, we will describe the Scaled Agile Framework, how we have used it, and both quantitative and qualitative results obtained. Topics include
- Overview of SAFe – the big picture
- The Portfolio Level
- The Program Level
- Program roadmaps
- Release Trains
- Architectural Runways
- Scrum of Scrums
- The Team Level
- Our Experiences
Bio of Noopur Davis
Noopur is Vice President of Global Quality at McAfee, An Intel Company. She is also the Chief Product Owner of the Agile Enterprise Transformation program at McAfee. She started her career as a programmer, moved into management, then spent several years at Carnegie Mellon University working with National Medal of Technology winner Watts Humphrey researching and transitioning team-focused software development processes, near zero-defect quality practices, and secure software development practices. As Principal of Davis Systems, Noopur has consulted with some of the world’s most admired companies such as Microsoft, Adobe, Intuit, Hewlett Packard and many more. Over the past dozen years, she has trained, coached, and mentored thousands of team members, managers, and executives. She is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide, and has authored several papers and technical reports.
She is a CSM, CSPO, SAFe Program Consultant, and Carnegie Mellon University Certified Team Software Process Mentor Coach. She has a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.
Bio of Darryl Davis
Darryl L. Davis is a Principal of Davis Systems, a process improvement consulting firm and a Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Partner that helps develop high performance software teams. He is a PMI Certified Project Management Professional and an SEI Certified TSP Mentor Coach, Authorized PSP Instructor, and Certified PSP Developer. He served for 13 years as an SEI Authorized Lead Appraiser. Prior to founding Davis Systems in 1993, he was a Senior Technical Manager at Intergraph Corporation. There and at Chrysler Corporation, he developed software ranging from commercial desktop computer-aided engineering tools to custom real-time embedded systems. He holds a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree from Auburn University.