Agile + DevOps West 2019 Concurrent Session : Escaping the 9 Circles of Agile Hell


Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Escaping the 9 Circles of Agile Hell

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Does it feel like you're toiling away in agile hell? Fear not—you don't have to be confined there for all eternity. Dave Bujard and Chris Stemen will describe the nine circles of agile hell, each an example of a problem that exists in many programs. They'll discuss the underlying issues that often are the cause and how to deal with them. Bring your smartphones—during the first five minutes, Dave and Chris will ask the audience to prioritize their pain points via an interactive app. During the presentation, they will focus on the six agile hells closest to participants' experiences. Threaded throughout the presentation, you will be engaged to poll your experiences as Dave and Chris convey specific, real examples of “escaping” from each agile hell. Learn to expand your toolbox of techniques to help your organization ascend from the agile underworld in simple, achievable ways.

David Bujard

David Bujard has referred to himself as an agile enthusiast since 2008. Threaded in Dave’s two decades in information technology, he has been a soldier, a satellite communications operator maintainer, a network engineer, a technical trainer, a criminal investigator, a nuclear biological chemical safety officer, a Scrum Master, a book club founder, a house concert cost, a boardgame geek, a SciFi geek, a process geek, a geek geek… and a dad! Dave has worked as a government contractor in several government agencies. Currently he is an agile coach and federal employee at Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Chris Stemen
Blackstone Federal

Christopher Stemen’s Agile roots started over a decade ago in support of federal contracts using Lean supply chain improvements to get military equipment repaired and back in action. Inspired by Lean thinking, he migrated to the west coast where he focused on how to establish Agile as a culture, specifically in cybersecurity and the emerging endpoint threat detection and response industry. His primary expertise lies in designing transformations for lines of business, as well as team level coaching for software and IT delivery. His experience ranges from large federal and commercial organization culture change to small start-ups where managing growth and gaining market share is key. He has a strong background in fusing modern Agile best practices with current technologies geared around encouragement of the agile manifesto, as well as to steer around common anti-patterns. Chris currently serves as Senior Strategist at Blackstone Federal and focuses on improving the DHS federal and contractor workforce through Agile and Lean principles.