Turning the Tanker – Learning from Scaled Agile Adoption in a Traditional Organisation

location_city Melbourne schedule Jun 30th 10:30 - 11:15 AM place EN 303 (C40) people 27 Interested

In this talk we will share our insights from a year implementing Agile on a programme that already described itself as Agile.  Laugh as we recount our 23 team SAFe PI planning event, cry when you feel the pain of the over-worked build teams.  Puke when you learn of the atrocious Jira hygiene.


Bringing ‘genuine’ Agile to a large organisation is not easy.  There are many challenges to face, mindsets to change, battles to be fought and walls to be built.  However given time, it is often the small moments that generate the largest changes.  We hope to share those key moments with you.


We will cover insights from the Agile Coach, Release Train Engineer and a Domain Iteration Manager.  There will be a focus on Agile and Lean principles and how they were applied in key moments that changed the direction of the programme.  We hope these insights and experiences will help others who face similar challenges in bringing Agile to large traditional organisations.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

10 min – Intro   

Introduce the speakers, the organisation and programme, and the situation


10 min – Agile Coach

Working with leadership teams to bring new perspectives


10 mins – Release Train Engineer

Stabilising the ship, protecting the build organisation, building a plan


10 mins – Iteration Manger

Bringing transparency, perseverance, coaching down and up.


5 mins – Q&A

Learning Outcome

Small moments, where agreements are made, challenges set, or understanding is shared can have far reaching impacts on a large programme of work.

 Some of the themes addressed are:

  • Non-linear nature of coaching
  • Protecting the teams
  • Transparency
  • Planning
  • Prioritisation

Target Audience

Anyone tasked with introducing Agile to a traditional organisation

schedule Submitted 4 years ago

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