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AgilePDX Westside: Agile Advocacy

Nike World Headquarters
1 Bowerman Dr
Beaverton, OR, US (map)

Nolan Ryan Building, Second Floor Room: Air Raid

Parking is available in the lot closest to the Nolan Ryan Building.

Enter Campus via SW Jenkins Rd. or Jay St



Adopting, improving, and scaling agile practices often calls for building a broader understanding outside of the development team(s), particularly in organizations where other approaches are well accepted. Agile advocacy covers a range of activity that can be used to help facilitate organizational change and support agile as a means to deliver value.

How can we increase support and facilitate effective engagement with agile development? What models are there for effective advocacy and what are some common pitfalls? When and how do we engage with organizational leadership and other stakeholders? Is this always necessary – and are there times when advocacy is not the right approach? And what about advocacy within the technical part of our organizations – when is this needed or warranted?

This topic will be handled as a group discussion supported by presentation notes to encourage thinking and dialogue. Attendees are encouraged to bring examples or questions from their own experience and to think about scenarios where advocacy is effective.

Jim Ure will serve as facilitator for this discussion. Jim has a diverse background in IT leadership and project management and has served in roles in three organizations where he made the decision to adopt agile practices. His real world experience reflects circumstances where agile advocacy was both effective and times where advocacy encountered unanticipated challenges. “I am one who was strongly attracted to the agile approach and believe that it can be utilized in powerful ways to help organizations create and add value. But I have also learned (sometimes the hard way!) that implementing good agile practices can be difficult. It takes planning, commitment, and a keen awareness of situational factors and people.”