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Steve Adolph: Introducing the Rock Crusher: A Flow-Based Model for Backlog Management

Tuesday, August 22, 2023 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Does our traditional Agile backlog model hide and even discount the hardest part of building a software system? Deciding precisely what to build is a complex enterprise process, and our traditional simple models of backlog management have not kept up. The result is broken value streams that impede flow, which has a severe economic impact on the enterprise.
While many organizations struggle with backlog management, others effectively use their backlog to flow value creation. The Rock Crusher is a model that captures these success patterns. The Rock Crusher shifts us from thinking of the backlog as a passive reservoir of work feeding a development team to a flow-based model for actively managing value creation.

Key Point:
The single hardest part of building a software system is deciding precisely what to build

Steve is an Agile Coach at cprime, where he is passionate about helping improve people's working lives. 
Steve's been in this industry longer than he cares to think about, and if you remember Fortran, TTL, and 8-bit logic, then you’re probably in his demographic. Steve started his career actually doing engineering and building cool things like telephone switches and railway signaling systems. Around the late 90s, he was seduced by the dark side of a greater salary plus an office with a door that could close and moved into management. There he became interested in how ways of working and organizational culture influence enterprise outcomes. 

Education-wise, Steve has a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering and is SAFe SPCT. But despite that, he is still an OK guy. In his spare time (what’s that?) Steve enjoys the usual Pacific Northwest lifestyle of cycling, skiing, and kayaking. There is an ugly rumour floating around that he is an opera fan.

Special note: attendees who are present for the entire presentation will be entered in a raffle for the e-book: "The Rock Crusher: A Model for Flow-Based Backlog Management".




Event Details: 
Steve Adolph: Introducing the Rock Crusher: A Flow-Based Model for Backlog Management Tuesday, August 22, 2023 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
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