Scaling Agile: A Guide for the Perplexed at ADC BSC East 2015

After a week of training, sessions and balloons (See below for the action), Sanjiv Augustine wrapped up TechWell’s ADC #BetterSoftwareCon East with a keynote on Scaling Agile. Check it out.

Sanjiv and Chelsea at the booth

Sanjiv and Chelsea at the booth

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AgileDC 2015 – A Great Time Had by All

Earlier this week, our team contributed to the annual AgileDC conference, held at Gallaudet University in downtown Washington D.C.  A few members of LitheSpeed volunteered as event organizers, a few presented sessions, and a few were there to spook people at our booth with a Halloween-themed mystery box.  

A sold out crowd of more than 500 Agilists were treated to a keynote kickoff by James Grenning, who provided insights into the mindsets of early agile adopters during the creation of the Agile Manifesto.  His thoughts around striving for Technical Excellence gave attendees some interesting topics to ponder.

Full House at AgileDC 2015

Full House at AgileDC 2015

Conference attendees then broke off into a variety of presentations including talks, workshops, panels, and case studies.  Our team was fortunate to be selected to present quite a few topics: 

The best part of any Agile event, but especially AgileDC, is the opportunity to share experiences and reconnect with local practitioners.  This for-benefit event raised a generous donation for the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation.  LitheSpeed is proud to contribute to events like AgileDC and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.

@Chris Li's Session

@Chris Li’s Session (The Tadpole Technique)

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AgileDC- the spooky MYSTERY BOX

AGILEDC Mystery Box

As AgileDC falls on the Monday before Halloween, we are ready to celebrate all things spooky by bringing a Mystery Box packed with giveaways.  Reach in and attempt to find the FREE TRAINING or win some useless goodies.

And of course, check out some fantastic sessions by our team:

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AgileDC Details:

Agile DC 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015
7:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Kellogg Conference Hotel

At Gallaudet University
800 Florida Ave N.E.
Washington D.C. 20002-3695

TechWell’s Podcast with Sanjiv on his upcoming ADC East Keynote- “Scaling Agile: A Guide for the Perplexed”

Josiah Renaudin from TechWell’s Agile Connection chatted with Sanjiv to shed light on a handful of scaling frameworks, including the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS), and the simple scrum of scrums meeting. Sanjiv will present “Scaling Agile: A Guide for the Perlexed” in the closing keynote of TechWell’s Agile Development Conference East on Nov. 12 in Orlando, Florida.

Agile Connection

Read or listen to the full interview HERE.

A sneak peek:

Josiah Renaudin: Why has agility—and this is a pretty basic question for your overall keynote—why has agility become such a massively important aspect of organizational success?

Sanjiv Augustine: I’m so glad you’re asking that question right up front because it helps set the context of what we are about to talk about. If you look at our business environment, especially this has really accelerated after the 2008 recession and such, it has become completely imperative for all organizations. This does not matter whether you’re in the public sector, or private sector, or anywhere in-between. It’s become imperative for all of us to be able to better respond to change, and to do it quickly, and with a reasonable cost or low cost. Right?

Josiah Renaudin: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Sanjiv Augustine: There’s an amazing statistic that I saw a couple of years ago. This is that the average life of a company on the S&P 500 Index has dropped and is trending downwards. It used to be forty-five to fifty years on the index, and that is about fifty years ago. Now, it’s trending towards fifteen years.

Josiah Renaudin: Wow.

Sanjiv Augustine: Think about this turn. Companies are being created, compete for a little while, and become unable to compete because these are changing so rapidly. We live in an age of extreme flux. It’s really up to all of us to be able to respond to change much more quickly.

Josiah Renaudin: It makes it seem like an uphill battle in order to maintain a company like that. We’re becoming faster. We need to adapt more to change. What is the process of scaling early agile adoptions beyond individual teams and all the way to programs, portfolios, and the enterprise as a whole? How intensive is that?

Continued here.

If you want to attend ADC East, take $200 off your registration with Sanjiv’s special speaker discount code:ADC East

InfoQ Interviews Sanjiv on Scaling Agile, No-Management

Agile2015- Susana, Arlen, Sanjiv and Beth from LitheSpeed with friends

Agile2015- Susana, Arlen, Sanjiv and Beth from LitheSpeed with friends

In the midst of the excitement at Agile2015, InfoQ sat down with Sanjiv to chat. Get the inside scoop on his new book and hear how LitheSpeed is experimenting with “Teal.”

Here’s a snippet:
Craig from InfoQ: I think one of the interesting things having sort of learnt more about your organization here at the conference is you practice what you preach, I guess, or live the values. One of the interesting things we were talking about earlier, there’s a movement going around the Agile community around no-management, about reinventing organizations. That’s something that you’re experimenting with yourself?

Sanjiv: Yes. That’s one of our core principles that we never advise or propose anything that we haven’t not only done for ourselves but also done with a core customer group that we’ve worked with for a while.

So in the last year, what we’ve done, what we’ve started doing is implementing the work of Frederic Laloux and his work around Reinventing Management. For those of you who are interested out there, there’s the book, there’s the YouTube video. In particular, what Laloux has started to do is to identify some core levels. There’s a green level, there’s an amber level below that, and a red level. The most self-managing level that seems to lend itself best to us in the Agile community is something that he calls the “teal organization,” the color teal, which incidentally, it seems to line up well with our logo! We didn’t design this this way but sometimes things work out!

Craig from InfoQ: I guess it is early days but, I guess, even being a small company, what’s the reaction like from the people inside the organization? Is it positive or have there been road bumps?

Sanjiv: How honest can I be?

Craig: This is an Agile conference….

See the full Interview @InfoQ.

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DC Lean Meetup Sep. 10 “When Lean Stumbles into Agile”

We have a great (and free) Meetup planned for September 10 at 6:30pm.
The DC Lean Startup in the Enterprise Meetup group gathers at our Herndon office to exchange ideas. Join us for a presentation and discussion, or just sit and listen to learn some basics of lean and Agile.


When we recently met R. Scott Bonney and heard a piece of his fascinating story- we knew his tales would resonate with our Meetuppers. Join us on Thursday, September 10th as BizFlow’s Director of Innovation, Scott Bonney, walks us through the three year process of Leaning a software company forward, and accidentally backing into Agile in the process. The methodology may look the same… but it turns out “the CPI Solution Cycle” differs from traditional Agile and Scrum in several critical ways. So which is better? As it turns out, maybe both. Join us on Thursday, grab a beer, enjoy some lively discussion, and decide for yourself!
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Check out a preview of his presentation:
Three years ago, the owner of a small, Falls Church-based Business Process Management (BPM) software company took a leap of faith and hired Daniel Myung, a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, to be his new CEO.

What happens when you put a Lean Six Sigma guy in charge of a software company? The answer, of course, is that everything changes. But there was a catch. Daniel was NOT a “software guy”. He knew words like Lean and Kaizen, and began using them to transform the way BizFlow did business. Moving from “Department Deployments” to C-suite, end-to-end business transformation, Daniel made his mark not just by shifting BPM back to its rightful place as an enterprise solution suite, but also was determined to break the mold in an expensive, crawling, ERP-heavy world by introducing Lean methods in software development–never realizing that the software world had undergone a Lean revolution of its own.

When did “Lean” become “Agile”, and who re-named “Kaizens” as “Sprints”? With two very different lexicons adding to the confusion, beginning in 2013 BizFlow leadership effectively “invented” Agile software development methodology on their own… and nearly trippled the company’s size and profits in the process. Everything was going great until one of their Fortune 50 clients asked them if they knew how to run projects using “Scrum”.

Scrum? “Of course! We can do Scrum!” (Hey, someone go look up Scrum; they want us to use it for the Australia project, and I don’t think they’re talking about rugby!).

And suddenly, the blinders came off.

About the Speaker.
R. Scott Bonney is Director of Innovation, Knowledge Management, and Training for BizFlow Corporation. An experienced LSS Master Black Belt, PMP, and (compliments of Sanjiv and LitheSpeed) Certified Scrum Master, Scott has served as trusted advisor and chief strategist for Daniel Myung and BizFlow since 2013. Scott holds 5 professional certifications from the American Society for Quality, completed his post-graduate professional license in Education, and is currently a doctoral student at American Meridian University studying Quality Management Systems in Innovation and Education (class of 2016).
A 1990 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Scott served as an Engineering Officer in the US Navy before becoming a Quality Engineer and Lean Six Sigma guru in the just-in-time, just-in-sequence automotive industry. An experienced and entertaining instructor, Scott has taught thousands of Green, Black, and Master Black Belts. During his four years as a government contractor with Northrop Grumman and six as a GS-15 out of the Pentagon, Scott facilitated the first Kaizen event in an Iraqi company in 2008, and Directed the theater of operations enterprise transformation teams for the US Army in Iraq and Kuwait in 2009 and 2010. He literally wrote the book on Lean Six Sigma training and certifications for the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense before leaving government service to support the BizFlow transformation in 2013.

Scaling Agile: A Lean JumpStart

As we ramp up for Agile2015 and the Agile Executive Forum, we are thrilled to announce the LitheSpeed Agile Executive Series.  The first installment, by our President Sanjiv Augustine (check out his bio), jumpstarts your Agile journey.

CoverSmallIn Scaling Agile: A Lean JumpStart, Sanjiv dives into the challenge of breaking down barriers to enterprise Agile adoption.  He provides an essential set of Lean building blocks as a starting foundation for larger Agile scaling frameworks, including the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS), and Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD).  Sanjiv provides step-by-step actions, with a keen focus on a few core Lean practices.  With this JumpStart approach, the power is in your hands to apply Agile ideas from the team to the top, and to totally transform an organization.  


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Scrum Practitioner Acronym Quick Guide

Scrum practitioners come in many forms, leading to a maze of acronyms. Here’s a quick guide to get you started.  (Descriptions from ScrumAlliance)

CSM: Certified Scrum Master.  A Certified ScrumMaster® helps project teams properly use SCR20146-Seals-Final-CSMScrum, increasing the likelihood of the project’s overall success.

CSD: Certified Scrum Developer. Certified Scrum Developers have demonstrated through SCR20146-Seals-Final-CSDa combination of formal training and a technical skills assessment that they have a working understanding of Scrum principles and have learned specialized Agile engineering skills.

SCR20146-Seals-Final-CSPO (1)CSPO: Certified Scrum Product Owner. Certified Scrum Product Owner® professionals have been taught the Scrum terminology, practices, and principles that enable them to fulfill the role of Product Owner on a Scrum team.

SCR20146-Seals-Final-CSPCSP: Certified Scrum Professional. Certified Scrum Professionals have demonstrated experience, documented training, and proven knowledge in the art of Scrum. CSPs challenge their Scrum teams to improve the way Scrum and other Agile methods are implemented for every project. If you are an active CSM, CSPO, or CSD who has reached that next level of experience and expertise in the art of Scrum, elevate your career even further by earning the CSP credential.

SCR20146-Seals-Final-CSCCSC: Certified Scrum Coaches are experts in Scrum — in both theory and practice. They have in-depth understanding of the practices and principles of Scrum and real-world experience in actual Scrum organizations. CSCs successfully guide organizations through the challenges of Scrum adoption.

SCR20146-Seals-Final-CSTCST: Certified Scrum Trainer: The CST® certification has always been and remains a rigorous certification. Scrum Alliance® strives to make the CST application process fair and thorough. The objective measures taken ensure that the trainers selected will be excellent ambassadors for Scrum and Scrum Alliance.

Bonus Agile Acronyms:

SAFe: Scaled Agile Framework.

LeSS: Large-Scale Scrum.