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Agile Vancouver: Beyond "Easy Agile": How to Overcome the Challenges of Adopting Agile In Established Enterprises

February 20, 2017





Presenter: Scott W. Ambler   

Many joined Scott in an evening to discuss the challenges faced by established enterprises that want to transition to Agile practices. 

Beyond “Easy Agile”: How to Overcome the Challenges of Adopting Agile in Established Enterprises

Many agile methods and strategies are geared towards small teams working in reasonably straightforward situations. That’s great work if you can get it. Most organizations that are adopting agile today have been in operations for decades and sometimes centuries. They are typically dealing with significant investments in legacy systems and processes that won’t go away any time soon. They have an existing culture that is usually not-as-agile as it could be and an organization structure that puts up many roadblocks to collaboration. Their staff members are often overly specialized and many people do not have skills in agile software development techniques, and there are many thoughts as to what needs to be done to improve things, the adoption of agile being one of many. This is certainly not the startup company environment that we keep hearing about.

Scott discussed during the presentation: 

• The challenges faced by established enterprises

• Enterprise agile in practice – OR - Thinking outside of the Scrum and SAFe boxes

• Pragmatic agile over purist agile

• The people-process-tools triad – Or – Going beyond focusing on being agile

• The skills of an enterprise team coach

• The skills of an enterprise executive coach

• The reality of working with some of your IT teams – OR – Prepare for anything from open arms to a multi-year, running gun battle

Come and discover why agile is different in established enterprises. Learn how to overcome common enterprise roadblocks to agile adoption, and how agile software development works in enterprises. Discover what it means to coach in established enterprises.

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