Enterprise Agile

Collaborating for Software Development at Scale: Lessons from Designing and Implementing Program-Wide Agility in the Enterprise

The increasing need for speedy technology transformations is occurring in parallel with workforces shifting to nationally or internationally disperse teams of knowledge workers tasked with delivering. Yet traditional program and project management frameworks used for software development can often fall short in enabling the enterprise to scale up and adapt to the unique challenges of such transformations. Siloed Agile ways of working, whilst offering promise relative to speed of implementation, need to be synchronized for cross-functional teams to truly deliver scaled agility. In this presentation, Gary Wagner (PMP, SPC) will draw from his collaborative experience from the trenches in both designing and implementing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) with colleagues and leaders at TELUS. Gary will layout the approach the teams took with leadership at designing the implementation roadmap. Then he will overlay with the deep multi-year lessons drawn from all levels of the program which inform key questions to ask prior to or during, any scaled agile software delivery transformation. The presentation will highlight key strategic and operational capabilities needed and call out their relative impact on the ultimate success of the transformation.

Gary Wagner is an agile change agent with project and program design and execution experience gained from a diverse International background. Having collaborated with teams and their leadership in the public and private sectors, Gary has rich cross cultural experience in implementing framework and business process change at all levels of the organization. His engagements have ranged from consulting for technology driven Organizational Redesign efforts, to project managing New Product and Service Introductions, to currently working full-time at TELUS on a multi-year cross-functional implementation of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) for cloud software development. For the last 12 years, Gary has lived and worked in Vancouver Canada having previously lived in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.
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