Agile in Practice and Agile at Scale

Tuesday 16th September – Paddington

Start – 6-6:30 pm

Finish – 8-8:30pm

The Agil8 Community is delighted to announce an informal evening meet-up and networking session with the opportunity to dissect and discuss a real-life Agile case study and the latest developments in Enterprise Agile. Drinks and canapes will be served followed by two presentations and discussions and networking with fellow Agilists.

Implementing Agile Across Multiple Businesses at Euromoney Institutional Investor

Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC is one of Europe’s largest business and financial print and digital publishers, with interests in financial publishing, research and event management.  70% owned by Daily Mail and General Trust Group, Euromoney is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index, organised as a number of autonomous businesses served by a centralised technology function.

Euromoney has been rolling out Agile across its multiple businesses for the last nine months, with the help of agil8 consulting and coaching services. Ken Lehman of Euromoney and David Hicks of agil8 will describe the story of the Euromoney agile initiative to date, its challenges, solutions, ups and downs in a preview of their presentation which has been selected by the Scrum Alliance for inclusion in the programme for the Paris Scrum Gathering from 23-25th September. It will focus in particular on the complex issues of:

  • dealing with very separate and distinct business customers with their own cultures, drives, requirements and budgets.
  • integrating remote off-shore third-party suppliers into the Agile process when they have different geographic and organisational cultures
  • moving a traditional centralised IT function toward Agile from a culture of up-front planning, risk management, and traditional QA.

SAFe – The Scaled Agile FrameworkTM

Successful scaling of Agile beyond the single team is one of the most important challenges faced by many organisations. Core scrum provides no guidance on how to do this, and unofficial techniques such as Scrum-of-Scrums go only some way to providing an answer and are not widely understood.

Euromoney is employing the SAFe Scaled Agile Framework for Delphi – its largest cross-business IT project. SAFe utilizes Scrum and XP at the team level, and supplements them with co-ordinated Agile ‘Release Train’ Planning, Architectural ‘Runway’ and other techniques for multi-team Agile Programme Management. At the overall Portfolio level, the SAFe Scaled Agile Framework uses a Kanban-based approach to manage the delivery of Business and Architectural Epics according to Visions and Roadmaps within defined Investment Themes.

David Hicks of agil8 is a Certified SAFe Program Consultant and agil8 is a provider of Certified SAFe Agilist training. In this presentation David will give an overview of the SAFe Scaled Agile Framework, explain how it works drawing on practical experience drawn from several implementations and compare and contrast it with other approaches to scaling Agile such as Scrum-of-Scrums.

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