Dean Leffingwell

Keynote May 6th:

A Lean and Scalable Requirements Information Model for Agile Enterprises


Agile development practices introduced, adopted and extended the User Story as the primary currency for expressing application requirements within the agile enterprise. However, as powerful as this innovative concept is, by itself the user story does not provide an adequate construct for reasoning about investment, system-level requirements and acceptance testing across the enterprises project team, program and portfolio organizational and system hierarchy. Building enterprise-class software systems in an agile manner requires a richer model for discussing requirements-related concepts including not only user stories, but Investment Themes, Epics, Features and Nonfunctional Requirements as well as the various types of acceptance testing that helps assure system quality. In this tutorial, Dean Leffingwell describes a Lean and Scalable Agile Enterprise Requirements Information Model that scales to the full needs of the enterprise, while also providing a quintessentially agile subset for the agile project teams that do most of the work. This model has been developed and applied effectively in a number of very large scale agile enterprises, some supporting thousands of practitioners.

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Dean Leffingwell

Dean Leffingwell is a consultant, entrepreneur, executive and technical author who provides product strategy and enterprise-level agility coaching to large software enterprises. Recently, Mr. Leffingwell was founder and CEO of consumer marketing identity company ProQuo, Inc. Mr. Leffingwell has also served as chief methodologist to Rally Software. Formerly, Mr. Leffingwell served as Vice President of Rational Software, now IBM’s Rational Division, where he was responsible for the Rational Unified Process. Leffingwell was also co-founder and CEO of Requisite, Inc., makers of RequisitePro for requirements management. Mr. Leffingwell has been a student, coach and author of contemporary software engineering and software development management practices throughout his career. He is the author of ‘Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises’ and ‘Managing Software Requirements: First and Second Editions’, both from Addison-Wesley.