WEDNESDAY January 26 2010, 630PM
DAN LEFEBVRE ON : THREE STEPS TO SUSTAINABLE AGILITY
Dan LeFebvre (pronounced La-FAVE) is the founder of DCL Agility, LLC, a provider of agile and Scrum coaching, training, and transition services. He is the first Certified Scrum Coach in New England with over twenty years in software product development as a developer, manager, director, and coach. He has been applying agile practices to successfully deliver products since 2003.
Dan spent two years as the internal agile coach for Kronos, a Boston-based Software Company, where he coordinated and implemented Scrum within the 700 person engineering organization across all sites including Massachusetts, Atlanta, Chicago, Oregon, Montreal, British Columbia, Belgium and India. This resulted in increased visibility into the development process and a reduction in defects by 60% in 18 months.
Dan holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Boston University. He is a Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Professional, and Certified Scrum Coach. He has presented at the Scrum Gathering and local user groups and has contributed articles to the Scrum Alliance and Boston SPIN.
Presentation: DAN LEFEBVRE ON: THREE STEPS TO SUSTAINABLE AGILITY
Transitioning to agile is hard. It involves learning new techniques, thinking in a different way, and stepping out of your comfort zone. Many organizations have been designed with traditional product development models in mind. Functional silos are put in place to handle the different aspects of the software development lifecycle with people who spent their careers becoming experts in a particular silo.
Senior managers have spent many years developing rules of thumb, instincts, crisis management models, and metrics that have made them successful in this way of working. So successful that they’ve actually become senior managers in their company. This situation creates a lot of forces that act against a successful agile transition and pulls a company back into the traditional lifecycle.
No wonder so many agile transitions revert back to previous ways over time. A change in management or a loss of the agile Champion is often a catalyst for this process. New managers unfamiliar with agile will redesign the internal systems to work the way they are comfortable. The loss of an agile Champion removes one of the largest forces pushing an organization forward; thereby, allowing entropy to set in. For an organization to sustain an agile transition, management must install several mechanisms to help counteract these forces.
This session describes the three specific mechanisms that I help organizations put into place to help sustain their agile transition. The first is an impediments escalation mechanism, the second a means for providing internal coaching, and the third is a portfolio management process.
I cover each in depth during this session. You exit with ideas and tools you can use without delay to maintain and sustain your organization’s Agile evolution.
— The THREE important steps for Sustainable Agility:
— How to architect and install an Impediments Escalation Mechanism
— How to develop internal coaching capability inside your organization
— Why you need a mechanism to manage your project portfolio, and how to create one
6:30 PM: PART ONE: Intro to Scrum Fundamentals. Scrum is simple to explain and difficult to implement. Come hear the simple explanation and consider taking a shot at the often-difficult implementation. We’ll complete this session with a true story from an actual coaching engagement, complete with an Authority Map Diagram depicting the actual scenario.
7:00 PM: Food & socializing & networking time
7:25 PM: PART 02, MAIN EVENT: DAN LEFEBVRE ON 3 STEPS TO SUSTAINABLE AGILITY
8:25 PM: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION OF MEETING
NOTE: Please don’t register casually for this meeting, as you do us a big disservice to us by distorting the actual count for the seating and food. Registration is an explicit commitment to attend.