Push It Down; Autonomy & Vision in Complex Systems

10 Years of Big Room Planning

Previously given at

  1. European Union United States CA Technologies Webinars, January 2017
  2. Scotland Lean Agile Glasgow Meetup, May 2017 (as ‘The Why of Big Room Planning’)
  3. Switzerland Agile Leadership Day, September 2017
  4. England Agile in the City, London, May 2018
It’s becoming clear to most organisations working on a Team of Teams (or larger) scale that face to face mid-level planning is an incredibly powerful technique, and at some level, it is adopted into many methods that work at this scale.

This session draws on collective experience of a decade of experience at hundreds of organisations, demonstrating the value of BRP and making it work in practice.

This talk uses Rally’s long experience of Big Room Planning ceremonies to define

  1. why BRP is a powerful technique when working at Team of Teams
  2. how to make it work
  3. common failure modes

Following the session, participants will be able to

  1. Express BRP’s value and defend it from challenge when proposing to management
  2. Plan a BRP session and prepare for it
  3. Avoid common failure modes

While this method is very similar to the ceremony in SAFe, it is entirely consumable without buying the whole SAFe cake.


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