Upcoming videoconference: July 25, 4pm ET, “SAFe or Sorry?” with Jack Moffett

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  • In his article for Forbes titled Understanding Fake Agile, Steve Denning refers to SAFe as “codified bureaucracy”. Jared Spool says it’s a “fast path to mediocrity”. But the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is currently in use by many enterprise organizations like NASA, Capital One, FedEx, and the Department of Defense. With so many companies attempting to become as agile as Silicon Valley startups, SAFe is being adopted as a way to scale up Agile software development processes, and many UX teams are having to support it, whether they like it or not.

    In this community call, Jack Moffett will facilitate a discussion about SAFe and the UX team’s place in it. How does it differ from straight Agile, what are the challenges designers will be facing, and how can we ensure that we can do quality work for our users? Will we be SAFe or sorry? We’re hoping to hear from members of our community that already have experience in organizations that have adopted SAFe, as well as those that are just beginning the journey. Come with questions or share your case studies.

    Calls are free for all community members. Join here for an invitation.

    About Jack

    With a BFA in Graphic Design from West Virginia University and a Masters in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon, Jack has been designing web, desktop, and mobile applications for over 20 years. He has worked in both research and industry environments and has been teaching design part-time for more than a decade at WVU. Jack currently manages a small UX team at Boeing, performing everything from initial user research and product conceptualization to front-end implementation and testing.

    Jack has designed software tools for Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Shell, DaimlerChrysler, Eaton, and many organizations within the U.S. military, including Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Naval Reactors, and NCIS. He is the author of Bridging UX and Web Development, an IxDA Regional Coordinator, and writes about design on designaday.tumblr.com.

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