In this episode of AgileNEXT, Dean Leffingwell, joins Daniel and Stephen and talks to us about Scaling Agile and the SAFe methodology he founded.  Some topics include:

  • Lean, Kanban, Scrum, FLOW, and the move toward unbranded Agility
  • The origins of and evolution of SAFe
  • Startups
  • Indiana Jones ride at Disney
  • AgileNEXT



Dean Leffingwell, a forty-year software industry veteran, has spent his career helping software teams achieve their goals. A renowned methodologist, author, multi-entrepreneur, consultant and executive, he has founded multiple software companies, including Scaled Agile, Inc, and Requisite, Inc., makers of RequisitePro, which was purchased by Rational Software (now IBM). He served as Vice President of Rational Software (now IBM) from 1997-2001. Later, as an independent consultant and advisor to Rally Software, he helped numerous distributed, multinational corporations implement Agile methods at scale.

He is the author of Leading SAFe Live Lessons (2014), Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise (2011), Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises (2007) and first and second editions of Managing Software Requirements (1997 and 2001), all from Addison-Wesley.

He is the creator of the Scaled Agile Framework, a public-facing knowledge base of proven best practices that bring the benefits of software agility to the largest software enterprises. He currently serves as both Chief Methodologist and CEO at Scaled Agile, Inc., which he cofounded in 2011.

In this episode of AgileNEXT, Vinod Kumar joins Daniel and Stephen and talks to us about Agile, India, tech and the community. Some topics include:

  • Agile Teams
  • The role of tools
  • The Indian market
  • The Agile Community
  • AgileNEXT



Currently an Architect at Microsoft Technology Center, Bangalore.
Have been Application Developer, Database Administrator, R&D, Release cycles and Project Manager in a wide variety of SDLC.
I am interested in database technologies using Cloud, Big Data, MS-SQL Server, Oracle and others. Interesting in spreading the world of technology to the community and would like to talk the right usage of technology.

Also an community oriented person running the local SQL and .NET Group in Bangalore. Speaker at major conferences like TechEd, Author of books, Blogger and much more.

Competitive analysis with DB, SQL Server, BI, Reporting, ETL, Relational database features, .NET, Sharepoint, Office client Tools (Word, Outlook, PPT, Excel) etc.

Worked with various customers who come to MTC Lab for debugging, performance, security architecture, scalability, deployment, tuning and other performance issues.
Extensive experience in SQL Server optimization and fine-tuning.
Extensive experience in End-to-End architecture design and implementation.
Specialized in Big SQL Implementation, HA, DR, managing VLDB’s
Extensive experience making methodology and helping customers to the latest OS, SQL Server, Big Data and Cloud based solutions.
Some of the areas I help customers are discussions around Consolidation of infrastructure, Application Tuning, Databases, BI, Productivity, Application Platform and Azure based Architecture designs.

In this episode of AgileNEXT, Natalie Warnert joins Daniel and Stephen and talks to us about Agile and the community. Some topics include:

  • Agile Transformation
  • Coaching
  • Women in Agile
  • AgileNEXT



As a developer turned Agile coach, I understand and embrace what it takes to build great products. My extensive experience in Agile methods and user experience in the mobile and web-based industry makes my skills an asset to any team’s continuous improvement journey. From building the right product to building the product right, I am a driver of strategy and learning through validation. My recognized expertise has earned me a reputation as a thought leader in the Agile industry and has led to invitations to present and publish my ideas at the national level.

I have experience in healthcare, legal/regulatory, retail, and the P&C insurance industry.

I am also very active within the Agile industry including blogging at, writing articles for the Scrum Alliance and others, and speaking at Agile conferences like the Scrum Gathering. I am a recognized thought leader and industry expert in the Agile community. I am also very active with the grassroots #WomenInAgile initiative <>, focused on getting more women involved in contributing to the Agile community. I am also writing my thesis on increasing women’s involvement in the Agile community.

In this episode of AgileNEXT, Thomas Friend joins Daniel and Stephen and talks to us about Agile and the community. Some topics include:

  • Lessons learned serving in the military that translate to Agile
  • The Military’s use of Agile (using Agile to get the bad guys!)
  • The Agile Community
  • AgileNEXT



Tom is an Agile Consultant and Project Manager with 25 + years’ experience leading teams on projects in various industries. Extensive background in all phases of project management, SDLC application programming, and information systems design & implementation.

10 Second Resume:

• Agile-Scrum Trainer / Coach, CSP, CSM, ACP, PSM, FLEX, AHF
• 12+ Years Agile Scrum Experience
• 25+ Year IT Application Development
• GAO Agile Advisory Work Group
• Carnegie Mellon Agile Government Group
• DOD CIO Software Assurance Working Group
• Scrum Alliance Veteran Outreach Representative

Retired Military Officer / Squadron Commander / Pilot in the US Navy and US Air Force.


In this episode of AgileNEXT, Jacob Creech joins Daniel and Stephen and talks to us about agile and scaling. Some topics include:

  • Scaling Agile
  • The Agile Community
  • Lean Startup
  • The Market for Agile overseas
  • AgileNEXT



From Jacob:

I have a variety of experience working in a range of different industries in New Zealand, China and across Asia, in a wide number of roles including as CEO, Service Lead, Agile Coach, Trainer, Scrum Master and Product Owner.

I am the Agile National Service Owner at Assurity NZ – helping businesses and teams introducing Agile. I provide support through Agile/Scrum transformations with Agile/Scrum coaching and training services. My speciality is large scale Agile implementations in large enterprises. I am very passionate about Agile and helping both businesses and teams get the most out of Agile processes.

I especially enjoy making happier teams, happier workplaces, and more productive environments, and helping teams and individuals reach their potential.

I believe Agile culture is the driving force behind successful Agile implementations. I think we have to live the Agile values that we espouse as coaches, and practice Agile values in all aspects of my life. I know that supporting people is key to producing better outcomes for businesses. I also believe in taking a lean approach to business management and making sure we can deliver more value sooner.

I’ve passionate about communities and I’m active in both New Zealand and China. In Shanghai I’ve set up a popular Agile/Lean Startup User Group which helps all members of the local Agile/Lean Startup community to increase their skills and develop their networks. In my spare time I also run the Shanghai Photography Meetup group.

I’m a Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant (SPC), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) + CSM and CSPO, and a Professional Scrum Master (PSM) with a passion for helping projects succeed and delivering higher quality software sooner.

If you’d like to know more about me, or you’d like to learn more about Agile, feel free to get in touch – I’m always happy to share and learn, and I’d love to connect.