In this introductory talk, Richard Knaster (Principal Contributor to the Scaled Agile Framework) discusses how to “Be Agile”, “Scale Up”, “Stay Lean” and “Have more Fun” with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).   SAFe is a publicly–accessible knowledge base of proven Lean and Agile practices for enterprise-class software development. Richard approaches the problem from the perspectives of Lean thinking and principles of product development flow, illustrating how these core principles help deliver business results at scale, while keeping the development system—and the enterprise—lean and able to responsive rapidly to changing market needs. In addition, enterprises applying the framework have been getting better results, and since winning is more fun, Richard will also describe some of the positive changes to corporate culture that occur when an enterprise is experiencing success with Scaled Lean- Agile methods.

Scrum, XP, Kanban and related methods have been proven to provide step changes in productivity and quality for software teams. However, these methods do not have the native constructs necessary to scale to the enterprise. What the Industry needs is a solution that moves from a set of simplistic, disparate, development-centric methods, to a scalable, unified approach that addresses the complex constructs and additional stakeholders in the organization—and enables realization of enterprise-class product or service initiatives via aligned and cooperative solution development.



Outline/Structure of the Talk

This presentation features Richard Knaster, Thought Leader, Principal Contributor to the Scaled Agile Framework.  Richard will provide an overview of the Scaled Agile Framework 3.0 and discuss how it can help your enterprise become agile using a proven approach for adopting agile in a large enterprise. Richard will provide you with strategies your organization can leverage to start adopting agile methods today.

Learning Outcome

  • Gain an understanding of the Scaled Agile Framework (3.0)
  • Learn why Scrum, XP and Kanban by themselves don't provide the necessary constructs to scale
  • Understand the basic principles of Lean, Agile and Product Development flow
  • Understand how SAFe improves value delivery
  • Learn why SAFe helps organizations improve their culture and have more fun!

Target Audience

Managers, Executives, Developers, Testers, Product Managers, Product Owners, Development Managers, Scrum Masters, and anyone who is developing or driving software in the enterprise



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  • Richard Knaster

    Richard Knaster - Becoming Agile in the Government the SAFe Way!

    60 Mins

    Many Federal agencies are adopting, or want to adopt Agile practices to drive faster delivery, higher quality, and improved collaboration. Government agencies spend billions of dollars per year on IT investment and often projects run over budget, time and the scope does not deliver the required outcomes.

    An Agile approach to software delivery allows for a more collaborative and constant evolution of requirements, informing team direction and driving refinements more frequently and earlier in the development process, ensuring relevant and timely delivery of critical software. Despite the benefits, agencies have adoption challenges that are unique to the government environment.  The Government needs a proven approach for adopting Agile that can operate in the most complex environments.