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Thursday, May 23 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Enterprise big room planning at scale and what we learned in 18 iterations (Alexandre Paradis)

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In their quest to scale from team agility to business agility, large organisations are experimenting with ways of achieving better alignment without falling back on traditional project management practices.

Westpac, a major financial institution in NZ, has not had project managers for over 4 years, and has relied on Program Increment Planning to set a planning cadence, improve face-to-face conversations throughout the business and build an overall more efficient organisation. Currently in its 18th iteration of quarterly Program Increment (PI) Planning, Westpac has acquired some valuable learnings along the way on how to execute and scale big room planning for delivery teams. The last event saw over 600 people from marketing, legal, IT, product and management swarming together in a single location to plan 12 weeks of discovery and delivery work.

This talk helps experienced agilists and managers foresee some of the tricks, tools, structure and missteps of PI planning. The evolution of four and a half years of quarterly iterations is valuable insight for other organisations with little or no experience in PI Planning. It is also a chance to understand the culture that drives PI Planning and enables Westpac NZ to achieve valuable outcomes from the process.
Westpac NZ is a major financial institution in New Zealand with a 400M NZ$/year portfolio and 5000 employees. It is part of Westpac Group which is head quartered in Australia.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Attendees will walk away with the knowledge of :
  • 1. Why PI Planning is right or not for your organisation
  • 2. What are Westpac's most important learnings from 18 iterations of PI Planning
  • 3. The tricks, tools and guidelines to setting up PI Planning
  • 4. The value of PI Planning at scale seen through pictures, artefacts and testimony

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Alexandre Paradis

Agile Coach, Westpac

Thursday May 23, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
E-2025 (2nd Floor)