Leaning IT : Applying the Principle of "Pull" to Scale Agile Teams

Leaning IT : Applying the Principle of "Pull" to Scale Agile Teams


Reaping the benefits of Agile software development beyond the team level is an enticing proposition. In fact, in today's competitive climate and brutal economy, perhaps it is even more than that - it is a necessity. Based on documented successes, organizations are recognizing the business imperative to "go big" with Agile and as a result, they are confronting the confusion and churn of when and how to scale their Agile adoption.

This white paper introduces the Lean principle of Pull and applies it as a theme for prioritizing actions and practices within Agile Teams and Programs. In this paper, you will learn:

  • The specific practices that adhere to the Pull discipline
  • Methods to keep you on the right path
  • Roadblocks to success
  • Expected results of successful adoption of Agile for the Program
  • Tooling to support the successful adoption


Ryan Martens Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Rally Software Ryan Martens is the founder & Chief Technology Officer of Rally Software and an expert in assisting organizations in transitioning from traditional development processes to more Agile techniques. Before founding Rally Software Development - his fourth software start-up - Mr. Martens directed the corporate adoption of Internet technologies within Qwest Communications, and then moved on to co-found Avitek, a Boulder-based custom software development firm where he served as Vice President of Marketing & Business Development. Mr. Martens successful efforts at Avitek culminated in an acquisition by BEA Systems in 1999. At BEA, Mr. Martens served as Director of Product Management for the eCommerce applications division and he was instrumental in growing that division to more than $50 million in revenue within its first twelve months.
Jean Tabaka Agile Fellow, Rally Software Development Jean Tabaka is an Agile Fellow with Rally Software Development in Boulder, Colorado. With over 25 years of experience in the software development industry, she has navigated numerous plan-driven methodologies in a variety of contexts (government, IT, consulting) and in a variety of roles (programmer, architect, project manager, methodologist). Her move to Agile software development approaches came in the late 90s as a result of studying DSDM in the UK. Since that time, she has become an Agile devotee, consulting with teams of all sizes worldwide wishing to derive more value faster through the adoption of Agile principles and practices. You can reach her at jean.tabaka@rallydev.com.
Rally Software
03 Apr 2009
03 Apr 2009
16 Page(s)
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