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Agile Austin Meetup: Agile at Scale SIG

April 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Topic: Caution: Complexity Ahead

In our haste to define the ultimate scaling technique, have we lost our way by defining all these frameworks? Is that really the way to solve the problems in front of us?

It is a common human reaction to seek the silver bullet. It is a common western approach to decompose, to solve too many problems at once, to grab a big model because it looks complete, to believe in something before it has proven itself at all. We turn off some of our logical processes because we also want to something we can believe in.

There have been many great advances in the software development world, before and since the manifesto. But few of them are really so magical or even a good idea out of the box. This presentation looks at “transformation”(getting better) from an agile perspective… not a prescriptive one, but a creative one. The various toolkits and thinking models are good to understand, but more for approaching problems rather than imposing a pre-built solution.

This presentation will highlight common errors in thinking and implementation approaches, discuss countermeasures and alternatives, and outline some success criteria often not addressed or even contemplated. Some of this will lean toward simplicity, perhaps in ways counter to what you have been told or what you might actively be doing. It will take you into a true systems mindset and step past common beliefs.

Speaker: Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith is an agile coach currently working in Houston at AIG on agile transformation(organizational change) across the Life & Retirement portfolio of projects. He is a bit of a heretic, subscribing not so much to any specific school of thought but casting a wide net for ideas from the world of agility, lean, complexity, organizational change, grup behavior, and technical practices. His experience spans many roles, industries, and technical stacks… but ultimately his career focus is bringing profound changes in team productivity, learning cultures, organizational progress, and the required alignment/mindset. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M, has done grad work in computer science and organizational behavior at UT Arlington and UT Dallas respectively, and possesses a handful of certs… CSM, CSPO, SPC4, Lean+, ITIL Foundations, Cynefin Advanced Practitioner, and so on. He is both humble and full of it. He calls the Hill Country home and ultimately resides in North Austin. When he is in town, he can be found playing his drumset, buying yet more books, and having coffee with other crazy agile folk.

Agile at Scale SIG Info:
Food and Drink will be provided courtesy of Agile Austin.
Seating is limited!

Please make sure that you are able to attend this session. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend, so please only sign up if you are committed to attending.

For more information/questions, please send email to: agileatscalesig@agileaustin.org .


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