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Agile Philly Downtown Center City - Focus on Releases

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Agile Philly Downtown Center City - Focus on Releases

Time: January 28, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Comcast
Street: 1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
City/Town: Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Phone: 610 574-3813
Event Type: meeting, downtown
Organized By: Emily H.L., Greg Robinson, John Voris
Latest Activity: Jan 28, 2015

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Event Description

The topic - Hop On To the Release Orientation Trolley

Our speaker is Brian Barr of AgileTrailblazers, nationally known speaker at AgileDC and AgilePhilly's Agile Tour, will be covering this powerful way to move your organization forward into Agile thinking.  Brian concentrates on innovative thinking and training is many Agile areas.

We cover the WHAT, WHY, and HOW of Release Orientation:

1.What does it mean to be a release-oriented organization?
2.Why should you move to release orientation?
3.How do you make the shift to become a release-oriented organization?


WHAT: Project oriented organizations focus entirely on getting a related set of intent packaged into a container called a project and seeing that entire container move through from requirements generation to software release. Release-orientated organizations are singularly focused on continuously getting releases out the door that maximize business value delivery without being constrained to only releasing related business intent in the portfolio. To achieve continuous release , organizations must apply lean thinking and principles to their delivery frameworks and minimize overhead associated with making releases. In this portion of the session, we will cover:

■Agile organizational design and resource allocation to ensure maximum flow of shippable product to the release
■Agile portfolio management, funding, and approval approach geared towards agile organizational design, smaller, incremental business intent approval and prioritization. Moving towards a mindset of customer value delivery in shorter iterations vs. delivering full projects. Moving away from large project funding towards capacity funding.
■Lean configuration management and branching strategies focused on continuous releases
■Automation strategies for a continuous integration, deployment, and testing model to allow scaling of a Release-Oriented organization
■Fixed release schedules that provide a known cadence to delivery within groupings of business value streams
■Lean, real-time architectural governance for new and significantly enhanced systems
■The importance of holding and prioritizing retrospectives at both the team and release levels.
■Creation of key Release-Oriented teams to provide the “glue” for the release and provide agile change management, software packaging and release

WHY: Release-orientation gets the entire organization to focus on the most important reason we exist as software developers – maximizing business value delivery through frequent, quality software releases. Moving the organization towards release-orienting thinking provides an invaluable lens for wise organizational decision making. In this portion of the session, we will cover:

■Examples of decisions made when release-oriented vs. project-oriented
■Key benefits realized when you have moved towards release-orientation
■Enablement for scaling of agile frameworks when release-oriented
■Release-orientation budgeting reduces organizational churn for resource allocation


HOW: The move from project-orientation to release-orientation is both a mindset shift and a change in frameworks. We as software developers, IT shops, and businesses have been successful delivering projects.

How to sell the organization on the benefits of release-orientation

How to transform your company from its current organizational design to a structure that supports release-orientation – How to make release-orientation a long-lived, self-sustaining aspect of your software delivery framework.

Q & A: The session will finish with a brief questions and answers section.

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Comment by Greg Robinson on January 25, 2015 at 2:58pm

Click here for directions and parking information:

Comment by Emily Haines-LaPenta on January 19, 2015 at 10:13am

This meeting is the first of many in an effort to provide more "downtown" meetings for our members. We will continue to have monthly meetings in the suburbs as well.

Please invite anyone who may find downtown to be an easy location after work, and contact myself or Greg Robinson if you have any ideas or feedback on how we can best accommodate the Center City community.

Looking forward to more AgilePhilly meetings downtown!

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