Now we’ve got Agile 2008 out of the way it’s time to think about the next thing. For me it’s Agile Development Practices 2008 in Florida, November 10-14. I’ll be speaking on Thursday afternoon on some of my experiences at Microsoft with large and distributed teams.
It seems like everyone wants to scale their agile teams. As projects grow in scope, the agile approach to software development needs to scale up to larger team sizes. Agile also needs to scale out to handle geographically distributed teams as businesses expand into new markets and seek the best talent available globally. These are challenging propositions for many teams. Ade Miller talks about his experiences at Microsoft®—scaling agile up on the Visual Studio® Tools for Office team and scaling out on the radically distributed teams within the patterns & practices group. Ade covers the approaches used—some which worked well, some not so well—and shares that the important thing is what was learned and how this new knowledge can be applied successfully to other projects. Ade presents some successful practices when scaling agile projects as well as some key pitfalls to avoid on your projects.