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Thursday, August 9 • 15:45 - 17:00
SESSION FULL: Home Remedies for Allergies to Enterprise Agile and Scrum Masters (Alan Padula) Popular

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After 5 large scale transformations and a dozen years of leading enterprise agile at Intuit, Symantec, and Paypal, I have heard my share of reasons why agile at scale won't work or Scrum Masters (SM) are a bad idea. "We've tried it before", "you just want to downsize us", "we're fine the way we are", "I'd rather use my headcount for an engineer" are all common allergic reactions. It sometimes feels like a swarm of corporate antibodies are swooping in to kill any chance to help. A cure is not always possible but I have found some ways to reduce the itching long enough to give it a chance.
For large scale agile, I bring my proven set of remedies in the form of business-outcome focused tools to gain alignment on what agile is via mindset framing and fun challenges; to create a compelling vision through techniques to move people to a better place that only they can imagine; to develop a customized plan to get there with clear milestones, training/activities/tooling, metrics, and personal & business value; to execute the transformation plan by internally organizing around people, process, and technology; to help accelerate change through established change models & change leadership techniques; to increase the chances of team agile adoption through a coach engagement model emphasizing management involvement; to onboard new highly-resistant team acquisitions to agile through "agile guardrails"; and so on.
For SMs, the role is often relegated to admin scheduling & facilitation that "anyone" can do on a part time rotating basis. To fight this, I have used two "back-of-the-envelope" financial models: one based on dollars and the other on team velocity. Both are rife with big assumptions that admittedly have holes, but they present a compelling argument that directionally-speaking can be hard to stare down. Testimonials, establishing a SM career path, and identifying business pain points that SM's help alleviate all help to.
While not FDA-approved, these treatments have worked for me. Hopefully, you can rummage around & find something to help what ails you in my little black bag of agile remedies.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Methods to gain alignment on what agile is via mindset framing, contests, and games
  • Process to create a compelling large scale agile vision to move people via Journey Lines, Maps, and Visioning
  • Customizable plan to get there with clear what, how, measures, and value via a 2-day Roadmap event
  • Transformation team organization model to execute that plan via People, Process, & Technology teams
  • Change management approach to accelerate change via Kotter's model & a custom change management tool.
  • Scrum Master value proposition to sell the value of SMs via a back-of-the-envelope financial model and other methods


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Alan Padula

Head of Agile Coaching & Excellence, Paypal
Interesting Topics: Enterprise Agile Transformations and Agile Coaching My Background: Head of Agility Coaching & Excellence, Paypal 2017-Now Director, Agile Development, Veritas, 2016 Director, Agile Development - Symantec, 2013-2015 Agile Development Leader, Intuit... Read More →

Thursday August 9, 2018 15:45 - 17:00 PDT
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