Agile Arizona is the Southwest’s regional conference for Scrum and Agile practitioners, coaches, trainers and enthusiasts. Agile Arizona is in its third year, having sold out at 350+ attendees annually. This affordable event is a full-day experience mixing passionate people, great ideas, and industry best practices in a unique and creative setting.
Bob’s speaking on “Common SAFe Pitfalls and How to Recover from Them”
While Agile is proven to be great for smaller teams and organizations, it can struggle at scale. Several approaches to this issue exist, such as Scrum of Scrums (SoS), Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) and Large Scale Scrum (LeSS). The most popular is the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). As with any great tool, when not wielded carefully, it can cause more harm than good.
Bob begins his talk with an overview of the key points of SAFe and how it differs from other Agile scaling frameworks. He then dives into common ways SAFe can go wrong, and how to recover from missteps. Bob also explores the importance of the relationship of Agile Teams to ARTs, and how cross-functionality is vital, plus he lays out the relationship between Agile sprints and Program Increments. Finally, Bob talks in-depth about the importance of training all levels of the organization to foster the cultural shift required for a successful SAFe transformation.
Larry’s speaking on “Practical Steps to Ensure a Successful Agile Transformation”
Agile transformations are delicate things, but they can be game changers for organizations looking to improve how they manage and deliver complex products.
In this talk, Larry shares why Agile is amazing for the development of all types of products, not just software. Though Agile is powerful, Larry touches on why Waterfall isn’t going anywhere, because there are still places where this approach works very well. He also delves into how the farmer (Waterfaller) and cowman (Agilist) can be friends, despite their differences.
Additionally, Larry illustrates how the needs and values of different tribes can be bridged to find effective, even wonderful, ways to work together.
Larry wraps up this talk by outlining where agile transformations can hit pitfalls, ways to spot the pitfalls beforehand, and how to solve them.