Keynote: Managing Software Delivery in the Super Nova – A Story of Practical Agile Scaling

Harrisburg University

The Super Nova is described by Thomas Friedman as a release of energy that is amplifying all different forms of power, the power of machines, people, ideas, business models, and opportunities. This ‘super nova’ means that change is happening fast and the world is much less predictable. In response organizations are looking to technology and the social system of agile delivery to provide a foundation for survival and success in this new world.

Agile software delivery has become the new norm with many surveys reporting Agile project adoption ranging from 70% to 90%. But many organizations are not Agile. Instead being built around specialism of labor, management hierarchy, top down decision making and process driven risk management. Many organizations are using water-scrum-fall to deliver software. With Scrum being sandwiched between hierarchical organizational models and traditional waterfall processes. Scaling Agile is the answer, but how does an approach that is focused on small, empowered teams scale to the enterprise? Can you just adopt a framework and be done?

In this talk, Dave West CEO and Product owner describes how Scrum is being used at scale and how organizations are managing the friction between the needs of Agile and the traditional needs of the organization.