Keynote: Know the Way, Show the Way, Go the Way: Scaling Agile Development

Dean Leffingwell, Leffingwell LLC

Tired of the claims that Scrum, XP, and kanban don’t scale beyond a few teams? Overwhelmed by management’s resistance to the organizational changes needed to really follow agile principles? Concerned with the lack of proven practices required to scale agile methods to the next level? Exploring the Scaled Agile Framework™, Dean Leffingwell dispels these claims and answers these questions—and more. A publicly available set of practices for agile teams, projects, architectures, programs, and portfolios, this framework helps organizations scale lean and agile development from several small teams to hundreds—and even thousands—of practitioners. Working at companies including BMC Corporation and John Deere, Dean has discovered what works and what doesn’t work. He focuses on the critical role software development managers, leaders, and executives play in implementing and supporting the framework to achieve the full business benefits of enterprise agility.

About the Presenter

A renowned methodologist, author, coach, entrepreneur, and executive, Dean Leffingwell founded Requisite, Inc., which was acquired by Rational Software. As a vice president at Rational (now part of IBM), Dean’s responsibilities included the Rational Unified Process. As chief methodologist at Rally Software, he worked with large enterprises to achieve the business benefits of agility by helping to define and implement the tooling and practices needed to support large-scale agile development. Dean is the author of Agile Software Requirements, Scaling Software Agility, and Managing Software Requirements. His most recent project is the Scaled Agile Framework ( which describes a comprehensive system for scaling lean and agile practices to the largest software enterprises.

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