Scaling the Agile Transition Wall
by Kimberly Davis
It is said that Scrum is easy to understand but difficult to master, so you can assume scaling Scrum, or any kind of Agile framework, is that much harder. Many organizations research scaling models, study them, and eventually decide on how one of them will put them on a path toward creating an Agile enterprise. Scaled Agile models are great guidelines for creating organizational structures where agile practices are coordinated up and down the hierarchy, but beware of the impending doom if proper steps in establishing footings and culture are avoided. Kimberly Davis will discuss the challenges faced with jumping into a scaled agile model for a heavily waterfall engrained, defense subcontractor without laying some important groundwork first. Kimberly will provide some critical steps organizations need to take first to establish a strong enterprise agile program.
Kimberly Davis has 14 years of experience working federal defense contracts with ASRC Federal Mission Solutions (formerly an entity of Computer Science Corporation) in Moorestown, NJ. Ms. Davis has held a series of roles and assignments that have led to greater responsibility within the engineering organization. She is a subject matter expert in Agile practices, philosophies and implementations to increase quality, speed to delivery and employee engagement. She led and was responsible for the transition initiative from Waterfall to SAFe in conjunction with their prime contractor which comprised 2,000 people. Ms. Davis holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and an MBA from Rowan University in addition to a number of Agile related certifications.