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T07: Agile Software Development in the Large

T7: Agile Software Development in the Large

Sunday, Oct 22, from 08:30 to 12:00, E141

A lot of people still believe that agile software development is for small teams only. However, the agile value system and the principles behind as stated in the agile manifesto don't say anything about team or project size. Furthermore the projects I'm working on are typically large, distributed and mission-critical. Therefore, several years ago I took the challenge and tried agile software development in the large. Meanwhile I made the similar experience on many large projects: Also large and even distributed teams can benefit from a value system that is beneficial for small teams. In this tutorial I want to show how to scale agile processes to teams of 200. In fact, the same techniques are also relevant to teams of ten or more developers, especially within large organizations.

Intermediate:  - Change agents and promoters of agile methods - Executives - Project managers, product managers, development team managers It would be helpful if the audience would be familiar with a specific agile process, however it's not a requirement.

Goals: Participants will recognize typical obstacles when applying agility in the large (either in a large team or/and in a large organization). They will walk away with several best practices that will help them to overcome these obstacles and with an idea how to develop their own best practices.

Format: Lecture style, however typically my presentations turn into discussions with the participants.

Jutta Eckstein, IT communication: Jutta Eckstein (, ) is an independent consultant and trainer for over ten years. She has a unique experience in applying agile processes within medium-sized to large mission-critical projects. This is also the topic of her book Agile Software Development in the Large. Besides engineering software she has been designing and teaching OT courses in industry. Having completed a course of teacher training and led many 'train the trainer' programs in industry, she focuses also on techniques which help teach OT and is a main lead in the pedagogical patterns project. She has presented work in her main areas at ACCU (UK), OOPSLA (USA), OT (UK), XP (Italy and Germany) and XP and Agile Universe (USA).

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