This year, the Agile Executive Forum (AEF) will be held on August 03rd at the Center for
Innovative Technology (CIT) in Herndon, VA.  For those senior leaders and executives who considering, or current transforming their organizations with Agile and Lean methods, this event represents an awesome opportunity to engage, connect, and learn.

The theme is Building the Lean Enterprise.  As change accelerates worldwide, enterprises have to learn to innovate.  Today, responding to changing market needs, and driving growth and learning through continuous experimentation is no longer a luxury, but a critical necessity.

At this year’s AEF, we’ll examine and explore the state of the art of the Lean Enterprise:

1. The basics of agile transformation, presented through case studies at Cox Target Media and PayChex. Chris Cate and Mike Gioja will share how their teams transformed their culture into one of innovation and change.

2. Elements of agile at scale, presented by Randy Salley of Walmart. Randy will share how his team built on the rich history and culture of the retail giant, and are now using agile methods as a way of accelerating value delivery.

3. Advances in agile and lean at the nexus of development and operations (DevOps), presented by Mark Schwatrz of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (US CIS).  Mark will share how his team is creating a Lean bureaucracy by “chunking” work into smaller batches.

4. The need for personal leadership in transformations, shared by Gill Haus of Capital One. Gill will share on how not to neglect the human angle and thus eliminate unnecessary risk.

5. A look into the future, with DevOps: Next, presented by Nicole Forsgren of Chef.  Nicole will show the connection between IT investments and organizational agility, and share her thoughts on how to build the right mix of IT, culture and practice.

When agile methods like Scrum appeared on the horizon two decades ago, they help drive innovation at the team-level. After a decade and a half, industry leaders have scaled agile methods through the use of Lean Thinking.   Today’s scaling frameworks for agile methods, including the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) and Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) all embed Lean Thinking, especially at the program and portfolio levels.


We’re privileged to have thought leaders Scott Ambler, Dean Leffingwell, Craig Larman and Jeff Sutherland discussing all of these and more on a star studded panel, moderated by Dot Tudor (former DSDM Board Member).

Here’s some more information on the forum, and here’s a link to register:  Seats are limited, so please make sure you act quickly, and see you there!