Washington DC: Agile 2015 Conference

It was an extraordinary week! 

The conference  welcomed over 2,300 Agile professionals
to Agile2015. Agile Developers, Executives and Teams                                
Managers, Coaches and Consultants came to Washington
D.C. to collaborate and learn from experts and thought 
leaders that share their passion. Over 200 sessions,
insightful keynotes along with a host of social and networking 
events during this exciting week of Agile exploration.

Scott Ambler + Associates was proud to be a Silver Sponsor for the conference. 

Scott Ambler + Associates is the thought leader behind the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) framework and its application. We advise organizations to be more effective applying agile and lean processes within the context of their business, with a focus on disciplined agile strategies. This focus enables us to provide our clients with a customized unique and unparalleled experience in delivering agile adoption, transformation, coaching services, staff augmentation and training. Our experts provide successful solutions for each client's needs and pain points.

 "Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Small Agile Team's Journey from Scrum to Continuous Delivery", Lines & Ambler, 2015.

We had great success with the rollout of the new book handed out in the conference bags. Great feedback and comments were received.
 People are looking forward to reading it!


Speaking Presentations at the Conference

Mark Lines, co-author of Disciplined Agile Delivery A Practitioner's Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise, did a presentation on Governance, Phases, and Milestones, are not Agile Dirty Words!


Despite claims to the contrary, the need for governance does not disappear for agile projects. Your project sponsors have a right to know the status of the health and risk of their investments. But trying to blend traditional agile methods such as Scrum with traditional stage gate approaches can cause frustration for both project teams and their stakeholders. Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) provides straightforward and common sense ideas for applying governance in a lightweight fashion for agile projects. DAD has been adopted organization-wide in some very large companies and in many cases the primary motivations have been related to its hybrid method approach as well as the built-in governance that it provides. In this talk Mark reviews the four DAD lifecycles along with their associated phases and milestones. He will explain which milestones are highly recommended vs those that are considered optional. He will show how a lightweight Vision statement created in Inception can be used as a governance mechanism for moderating uncontrolled change that often happens on agile projects.  Mark will share stories and tips about how to effectively apply these concepts to avoid late projects surprises. He will also review several examples of applying DAD governance such as how DAD was used to bridge the governance gap between an organization's Scrum teams and their corporate mandate of using PRINCE2.


Scott Ambler, co-author of Disciplined Agile Delivery A Practitioner's Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise, presented Agile Data Warehousing/Business Intelligence: A Disciplined Approach.

Agile strategies are being applied on more-and-more data warehouse (DW)/business intelligence (BI) projects within government agencies than ever before. The heavy, serial, long-running traditional approaches of yesteryear are being cautiously abandoned for the lighter, collaborative, incremental approaches resulting from agile and lean thinking. But how does this work in practice? Agile strategies call into question virtually every single practice that the data community holds dear, and are often at odds with existing IT governance strategies, so how are agencies reconciling this in practice?
This presentation overviews both an agile and a lean strategy for teams developing a DW/BI solution. These strategies are based on a tailoring of the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) and Data Vault 2.0 (DV2) frameworks. We begin with a review of the differences between the traditional and agile ways of thinking, what the implications are for your organization, and how this can impact government agencies in the process of moving towards more agile ways of working. We then overview two lifecycles for DW/BI development, a Scrum-based agile strategy for the first release of a DW/BI solution and a lean Kanban-based strategy for future releases. Strategies for successfully initiating an agile DW/BI team will be covered, including how to weave user stories, agile data modelling, agile architectural modelling, and light-weight release planning together. A collection of agile database techniques will be overviewed, including agile data modelling, database testing, database refactoring, continuous database integration, and DV2 design strategies. The presentation ends with a summary of the people, process, and tooling challenges that you will face when transitioning to an agile approach on your DW/BI teams.

Scott Ambler sits down with Dave Prior to chat about his talk -
Agile Data Warehousing / Business Intelligence: A Disciplined 
Approach as well as some insight about DAD (Disciplined Agile Delivery)

Executive Forum

Scott Ambler was one of several panelists on the Scaling Agile panel in Monday's executive forum.   Panelists include Dot Tudor, Dean Leffingwell, Scott Ambler, Craig Larman, and Jeff Sutherland.  

Conference Booth

Scott, Mark, Rod and Glen were busy meeting everyone who stopped by the booth to chat. Great conversations took place.  If you would like to get in touch with one of them, please email Contact@DisplinedAgileConsortium.org. 

Plan on attending Agile2016, in Atlanta, GA, USA. Save the dates July 25-29, 2016.


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