DevOps East 2017 Leadership Summit Session: Leverage Big Wall Planning for Truly Aligned Organizational Execution


Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Leverage Big Wall Planning for Truly Aligned Organizational Execution

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Love it or hate it, the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) was found to be the most used framework for enterprise-level agility in Version One’s annual survey. That said, many aspects of SAFe—including effective portfolio management—are difficult for organizations to implement.

Laura Burke Olson shares Big Wall Planning, a technique that Ipreo uses to “seed” their release trains with high-priority, high-value, and balanced portfolio-level epics. Big Wall Planning engages all aspects of company leadership in deciding the product roadmaps. This is a huge challenge in organizations that simply want more—and want it faster. Laura shows how Big Wall Planning can be a game changer when it comes to jump-starting your portfolio planning, epic sizing, capacity management, risk planning, release train setup, and organizational alignment. Yes, it has that potential!

Laura Burke

An enterprise agile coach at financial technology firm Ipreo in Raleigh NC, Laura Burke Olsen serves as a release train engineer for a highly-distributed program. She has played a key role in influencing Ipreo’s agile adoption, which has grown from two to more than fifty agile teams in two years. Previously she was a ScrumMaster at Appia and an internal facilitator at Rally Software (CA) where she taught a facilitation course, based on Jean Tabaka's book Collaboration Explained. Laura’s passion for collaboration continues in Jean’s absence.