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 desperately 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.
In this tutorial, Dean Leffingwell describes how to accomplish this with the Scaled Agile Framework, a publicly–accessible knowledge base of proven Lean and Agile practices for enterprise-class software development. He 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.
Dean Leffingwell, software industry veteran and Lean Systems Society Fellow, has spent his career helping software teams achieve their goals. A renowned methodologist, author, coach, entrepreneur and executive, he founded Requisite, Inc., which was acquired by Rational Software. At Rational, (now part of IBM), he served as vice president with responsibilities including the Rational Unified Process. As Chief Methodologist at Rally Software, he helped large enterprises achieve the business benefits of agility by helping to define and implement the tooling and practices they needed to support large-scale agile development. Mr. Leffingwell is the author of Agile Software Requirements, Scaling Software Agility, and Managing Software Requirements, all from Addison-Wesley. His most recent project is the Scaled Agile Framework® (scaledagileframework.com), a public-facing website which describes a comprehensive system for scaling Lean and Agile practices to the largest software enterprises.