Through Agile:MK, we invite everyone to help drive the adoption and improvement of Agile methods in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area. We are doing this through sharing experiences, talking with experts, and creating a space for Agile professionals to network, to share their successes and challenges with adopting and practicing Agile. Our aim is to raise the standards of professional working life for the Agile community in our area.

Our next meetup

Agile:MK May - Gez Smith: Make Your DAD's Nexus SAFe for LeSS - Does Your Scaling Framework

May 30, 2017 at 6pm, Workforce HQ, Milton Keynes

Scaling agile is always difficult. Craig Larman, the co-creator of Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) typically advises that you don’t do it, and if you do, don’t do it across multiple locations, and not using offshore teams. Wantonly ignoring all of this advice, Gez Smith has been scaling agile in HSBC for the last year or so, across the UK, Poland, India and Hong Kong, using LeSS, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD). This session explores whether he was mad to scale across so many locations using so many frameworks, or whether there’s actually more in common between the frameworks than people often assume. Along the way he’ll discuss what the scaling frameworks are, why they’re not so different after all, and some scaling lessons gained through applying them in real life across multiple countries, cultures and business areas. 

About Gez

Gez has been working with agile for over 12 years, for clients including 10 Downing Street, the BBC Trust, Lloyds Banking Group and Glastonbury Festival. Currently Global Head of Agile at HSBC, he writes, vlogs and podcasts extensively about agile leadership, transformation, recruitment, HR and communications.


Don't forget to check all out previous meetups as well!