Agile at Scale - Beyond SAFe

February 21, 2017 - Morristown - Madison Hotel
PDP Information:
Program Number: C020-20170221
Agile at Scale - Beyond SAFe
Category: A
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
PDUs: - 1.5
Leadership - 0..5
Strategic - 0.0
Technical - 1.0

The meeting slides can be downloaded.


monthly speaker Agile at Scale - Beyond SAFe  will give you a first-hand look at one agile-at-scale approach (SAFe) and the questions you need to ask  to fully realize the high-value results from an Enterprise Agile Transformation.

Since the advent of the Agile (Software Development) Manifesto in 2001 we have seen near exponential progress in the adoption of  agile development in many corporations. For some, that may simply be using a Program Kanban to manage work flow while for others it may mean adoption of the software focused Scrum Framework and/or Extreme Programming (XP) techniques, possibly in conjunction with complementary processes such as Test Driven Development (TDD), Behavior Driven Development (BDD) and other agile techniques. 

We are faced with a need to scale these approaches to where they are usable for major software development efforts at a program level.   That may involve hundreds or even thousands of software developers across multiple teams and multiple geographic locations.   This need leads to the evolution of agile at scale processes including the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and Large Scale Scrum (LeSS), Scrum@scale, the Nexus Framework and others.  But are they sufficient to address business agility more holistically?   Do they preserve the “light-weight”, “light-touch” foundations of Agile? Are there changes in system architecture that more readily accommodate agile practices?  Are there organizational structure and role changes for those involved that facilitate an evolution towards the empathetic, high-trust culture required to have a thriving agile environment?

John Hudson is an Enterprise Agile Coach guiding his clients, including AIG and SE2.com, through their Agile transformations; developing agile teams at all levels of the organization and providing them with the training, coaching and mentoring needed to realize their full potential in adopting agile practices.

He has over 30 years’ experience as a systems development professional in the financial services sector with companies including Prudential Financial, Morgan Stanley, UBS and TD Waterhouse in the US and Canada, Lehman Brothers in London, Standard Chartered Bank and the International Bank of Asia in Hong Kong, ABN Amro in Johannesburg and the Bank of Butterfield in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

John holds an honors degree In Computer Science, is a PMI Project Management Professional and Agile Certified Practitioner, Certified Scrum Master and a Scaled Agile Program Consultant.

Agile LCI:

Topic: Meet & Greet

Come witness, build and facilitate your agenda! This is a great technique where the participants discuss and democratically talk of interesting topics! 

Career Networking LCI:

Topic:    How to Introduce Yourself, Build Confidence and Project a Winning Image!

Learn to craft an acutely effective Elevator Pitch and Two-Minute Drill in this hands-on workshop.  You’ll discover how the job market functions, the value of a memorable elevator pitch, and how to optimize this declaration of who you are and what you can do.

Lloyd Feinstein, Career Marketing professional and author, guides us through a refreshing exercise in developing that strategically-phrased communiqué for your target audience, offering critiques and enhancements to ensure that you leave with a nicely polished Elevator Pitch.


Topic: None