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Scaling Agile Projects to Programs: Networks of Autonomy, Collaboration, and Exploration

Are you trying to scale your agile project to a program, a collection of projects with one strategic objective? If you do what you've done with one small project, you'll get bloat. Instead of bloat or large frameworks, you can use agile and lean approaches to manage your program with small-world networks. Small world networks help each team to remain autonomous, and still collaborate and explore across the program.

The common risks for software programs are how to manage the interdependencies, how to nurture the architecture, how to see the status, and how to release an entire product. When we ask feature teams to collaborate and take responsibility across the organization, the teams can manage many of the interdependency and architecture challenges. With program management, we can see the status and release the entire product.

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About the Speaker

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Johanna Rothman

Johanna Rothman, known as the "Pragmatic Manager", provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see problems and resolve risks and manage their product development.

Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. She is the current technical editor. Johanna is the author of these books:

  • Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization
  • Project Portfolio Tips: Twelve Ideas for Focusing on the Work You Need to Start and Finish
  • Diving for Hidden Treasures: Finding the Value in Your Project Portfolio
  • Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Cost or Schedule
  • Manage Your Job Search
  • Hiring Geeks That Fit
  • Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects
  • The 2008 Jolt Productivity award-winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management
  • Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management
  • Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies and Nerds: The Secrets and Science of Hiring Technical People

She writes columns for and, and writes two blogs on her web site,, as well as a blog on


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