Experiences from large-scale agile adoptions: Balancing delivery, change and the cost of ownership

Joint event with Software Practice Advancement Specialist Group

Tuesday 4 December 2012, 6.30pm - 8.00pm

BCS, 1st Floor, Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Free, online booking required.

Ian Spence


Drawing on personal experiences from many large-scale agile adoptions, in this talk we will look at the importance of balancing the goals of:

  • Scalable delivery
  • Sustainable change
  • Supportable solutions

Using case studies both good and bad, this talk will highlight many of the impediments threatening the success of agile at scale and present a number of patterns and solutions that can help overcome them.

About the speaker:
Ian Spence is head of Research and Development at Ivar Jacobson International. He specializes in large-scale agile adoptions and practice-based organizational change. An experienced agile coach, he has worked with 100s of projects to introduce iterative and agile practices, working with development teams ranging from five to 150 people. He has also led numerous successful, large-scale transformation projects in fields as diverse as government, telecommunications, finance, and internet start-ups, working with development organization of five to 5,000 people. His current interests are agile for large projects, agile outsourcing, and driving sustainable change with agile measurements. He is also the co-author of two influential software development books, "Use Case Modeling" and "Managing Iterative Software Development Projects", and the team lead for the development of the SEMAT kernel.