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Interview with Dean Leffingwell- Leading SAFe Workshop

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Enterprise solutions for Agile have always been a challenge for many organisations. Dean Leffingwell, software industry veteran and creator of Scaled Agile Framework (pronounced as SAFe) is running a workshop at Agile India 2014. This workshop will introduce the participants to the principles, values and practices of SAFe.

Dean Leffingwell

His deep rooted expertise and his pragmatic solutions to real time problems have resulted in successful enterprise level implementation of Agile across organisations. His hands-on approach and practical examples make him as one of the sort after expert in this domain.

Dean Leffingwell

He is also the founder and CEO of ProQuo- a consumer marketing identify company, and the author of Agile Software Requirements, Scaling Software Agility, and Managing Software Requirements.

Dean Leffingwell's Books

We had a short chat with him, where we discussed about SAFe and his experience with various kinds of organisations.

1. In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge companies are facing while scaling agile methods at their org. level?

Primarily, educating ALL the stakeholders to the new process, and bringing everyone to understand the benefits, and the changes necessary to achieve the new common, SAFe/ Lean|Agile way of working.

2. ‘Enterprise Agile’- Is it an oxymoron?

No. SAFe has been successfully applied to enterprises with hundreds, and even thousands, of practitioners.

3. There is a common misconception that Leadership has no role to play in Agile. What do you think is the role of leadership in implementing SAFe ?

In SAFe, Leadership is not excluded. Indeed, leaders assume the primary responsibility for successfully implementing the new way of working. Training is provided to help them on this new learning journey.

4. In your experience, is SAFe more suitable for Services or Product Company? Is there any difference?

No tangible differences. The principles and values of SAFe, and the underlying principles of product development flow, apply in both contexts.

5. Are there any gotchas that teams should be aware while implementing SAFe?

Any transformation of this scope is hard. If enterprises could have achieved the benefits via their old way of working, they would have already done so. Lean, Agile and Scaled Agile change most everything! But SAFe is powered by Agile, so the personal, team and business benefits are well worth the effort.

6. What is the key take away from your 1-Day SAFe workshop?

This workshop is a distillation of the popular two-day “Leading SAFe” course. While it lacks the depth that the two-day course provides, it covers all the foundational elements and is delivered by Dean Leffingwell, the creator of SAFe.

This workshop has limited seats. Book early to avoid disappointments: http://booking.agilefaqs.com/agile-india-2014#workshops

Agile India 2014 Conference Schedule

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

World’s First Agile Job Fair at Agile India 2014 Conference

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Come, join the very FIRST Agile Job Fair in the World!

A platform dedicated for the Agile practitioners to meet their potential Agile employers.

Agile India Job Fair is being organised by Agile Software Community of India, a registered non-profit society. We have been running conference and other events in India since 2004. This job fair is on the very next day, after our international conference – Agile India 2014, which attracts about 1000 international participants.

Why a job fair?

Agile methods have become mainstream and they are here to stay. In India, many companies are having a hard time finding needles in the haystack .i.e. finding really good Agile practitioners from a whole lot of posers.

The few, really good practitioners out there, have a similar problem. Every company wants to hire Agile people, but are they ready? Do they really believe in Agile culture and even have an agile mindset?

Many practitioners want to talk to real people from the company to really understand the culture of the organisation and the nature of the work.

Browsing the classifieds or surfing the Internet or talking to headhunters (recruiting companies) can only get you so far.

To solve this problem, we are creating a first-of-its-kind, unique opportunity where job-seekers can meet several top Agile employers face-to-face under one roof, clarify their doubts, interview with potential companies and also socialise with other candidates.

Walk-In to explore a gamut of Agile career opportunities with the best Agile employers in India.

What kind of candidates would this event attract?

We have a database of 56,512 software professionals from top companies in India. We will market this event to all these folks. However, who will attend will largely depend on the kind of companies that will be participating to hire candidates. We would filter the companies, to make sure only top companies are part of this event and hence ensure that we would be able to attract really good practitioners.

What can a participating Company (Employer) do to attract participants?

Seeing is believing! So we would strongly suggest you give participants a glimpse of your work culture. May be setup a pair-programming station and project the programming session on a large screen. May be you can setup a story card wall. Showcase some the nature of problems your company is solving. Run a slideshow of pictures from your office. And may more. Just get creative!

What is the cost to participate?

This is a non-profit event. There are 2 major costs, the hall rental and the cost of setting up stalls. We would pass the actual cost to the companies. Our estimate is 35,000-50,000 INR per company. And we are planning to keep it free for Job Seekers (Agile Practitioners) to attend.

Exclusive Event: Get FREE agile career counseling and coaching from Naresh Jain, the founder of the Agile movement in India.

Sounds interesting? Fill the form to participate…Agile Job Fair

Agile India 2014 Conference Draft Schedule

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Draft Schedule; only for early feedback purpose. Likely to change.

Direct Link

Please email Pramod Sadalage, Conference Program Chair with your suggestions.

Agile Goa 2013 Conference Program

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Agile Goa 2013 Conference Program

Agile India 2014 Confirmed Invited Speakers as of Sep 5th 2013

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Online Registratrions open for all 3 Agile India Conferences

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Register for the three existing conferences coming up in India:

1. Agile Goa 2013 – Our 6th Annual Conference in Goa
We’ve a superb speaker lineup. Check out the program
Limited seats available, register today at: http://booking.agilefaqs.com/agile-goa-2013

2. Agile Kerala 2013 – FIRST ever Agile and Lean Conference in Kerala. Check out our Planned Program
Take advantage of the Early-Bird pricing, register today at: http://booking.agilefaqs.com/agile-kerala-2013

3. Agile India 2014 – Asia’s Premier and Largest conference on Agile and Lean Methods. Get an opportunity to meet Martin Fowler, Dave Thomas, Dave Snowden, Ash Maurya and many other thought leaders…

We launched the online registration on Sep 2nd at 10:00 AM. In a matter of 40 mins, the entire Super Early Bird Registration Slab of 100 tickets was completely SOLD OUT. This is the best response we’ve got in the last 9 years of organizing these conferences.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to grab a conference ticket at these special, limited-time, attractive prices – http://booking.agilefaqs.com/agile-india-2014

Agile India 2013 Conference Feedback

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Agile India 2013 – Attendees Profile (as of Nov 8th)

Friday, November 9th, 2012

At this point, 400 delegates have registered for Agile India 2013 Conference in less than 3 weeks.

Looking at the delegates who’ve registered so far, we have represenation from the following companies:

  • Aconex
  • Alcatel Lucent
  • Alliance Global Services
  • Allscripts India Pvt. Ltd
  • Aricent Technologies
  • BNP Paribas India Solutions
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • Direction Software Solution
  • eGain Communications
  • Enteleki Technology Solutions
  • Envestnet, India
  • GembaTech
  • HCL
  • HCL Technologies
  • Huawei Technologies
  • Independent Consultant
  • InMobi
  • InRhythm
  • Inteamo
  • Intergraph Consulting Pvt. Ltd.
  • John Deere India Private Limited
  • MSCI
  • Multunus Software
  • Ostrya Labs
  • Pitney Bowes Software
  • Rotary International Infotech Pvt. Ltd.
  • S.i. Systems
  • SAP Labs India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Shop Smart Inc/BradsDeals.com
  • Societe Generale
  • Software Artisan
  • Support.com
  • SymphonyTeleca Corporation
  • Synerzip Softech India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • TenXperts Technologies
  • Thomson Reuters
  • ThoughtWorks Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Yahoo India Pvt Ltd

And their roles:

  • Agile and Lean Coach
  • Agile Coach
  • Agile Coach/Scrum Master
  • Agile Project Manager
  • Architect
  • CEO
  • Co-Founder and CEO
  • Code Junkie
  • Code Monkey
  • Consultant
  • Development Manager
  • Director
  • Director-Quality
  • Engineer 2
  • Engineering – Director
  • Engineering Lead
  • Engineering Manager
  • EVP & CTO
  • Executive Manager
  • General Manager
  • General Manager – Quality
  • Head of Engineering
  • Head of Project Management
  • Lead Executive Quality
  • Manager
  • Product Owner
  • Product Owner/Technical Lead
  • Program Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Consultant
  • Senior Manager
  • Senior Manager – Consulting
  • Senior Manager-Technical Group head
  • Senior Manager, Agile Coach
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Software Architect
  • Software Artisan
  • Software Developer (Embedded System)
  • Sr. Associate
  • Sr Engineer
  • Sr. Manager
  • Sr. Manager – Projects
  • Sr. Project Manager
  • Sr. Quality Manager
  • Sr. Software Engineer1
  • Sr. Vice President
  • Team Lead
  • Technologist
  • VP Solutions

Add Attendees Info Later: Agile India 2013 Registration System New Feature

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

In my experience, people/companies would like to register for the conference early-on, to take advantage of the early-bird discounts. However they might not be sure who (which employee) will be available and can attend the conference. So most end up waiting till the end to book their seats.

This feels broken! It’s not good for the participants nor for the conference organizers.

To avoid this problem, we’ve introduced a new feature in the Agile India 2013 Registration System, which lets you register for the conference by just specifying the number of seats. You can defer adding the exact attendees’ details till 1 month before the conference.

Add Attendees Info Later

Also you can always edit the attendees info, up-till 1 month before the conference.

(We need 1 month’s lead time to get the conference t-shirts, badges and other logistics in place.)

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