Agile + DevOps East 2018 Concurrent Session : Crafting an Agile Transformation Approach for an Insurance Giant
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Crafting an Agile Transformation Approach for an Insurance Giant

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State Farm Insurance was looking to develop and deliver an approach to train, coach, and enable teams to effectively leverage an agile methodology. The goal was for the more than six hundred employees to not only be trained, but also get real experience working with agile. Kimberly Mitchell helped develop an approach that included a team agile assessment, basic agile training, and an agile academy. Teams were able to experience real work situations through three or four very small sprints, with trained coaches to help facilitate the learning. Kim will highlight the details of this agile transformation, as well as discuss some of the challenges they encountered and approaches to overcoming them. If your large organization is looking to adopt an agile approach but doesn't know where to start, come to this session and learn how to facilitate hands-on experience, what pitfalls to avoid, and how to be successful in your agile transformation.

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Kimberly Mitchell has worked in the IT industry for more than thirty years, with significant experience in project management, being a SAFe Release Train Engineer, and agile transformation. For more than ten years she has been leveraging and enabling teams to use agile methodologies and techniques. She has been responsible for managing two multi-team SAFe Agile Release trains and leading the transformation of an IT department of more than six hundred people from a waterfall methodology to using agile.