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Meeting Topic — Benefits and challenges of a grassroots enterprise Agile adoption.

Speaker Bio – Jonathan Mendez is a Senior Software Engineer at National Instruments, where he has worked on the flagship software product LabVIEW since 2003. Starting in early 2011, Jonathan has been at the forefront of a grassroots adoption of Scrum and other Agile ideas throughout the company.

Topic DescriptionBenefits and challenges of a grassroots enterprise Agile adoption.  At National Instruments, instead of a controlled pilot team experiment, or a company-wide mandate, teams have independently decided to use Scrum, and it has spread like wildfire. As the leading Agile advocate in this scenario, I’ll lead a discussion on:

  • What pros & cons have I witnessed with this kind of adoption?
  • What challenges do I anticipate?
  • What advice can the SIG give from their own adoption experiences?

While the viewpoint will be from an uncontrolled grassroots adoption, much of the discussion will be applicable to any large adoption of Agile practices.              


About the Agile Leaders Special Interest Group Meeting: The purpose of the Agile Leaders SIG is to provide a forum in which those responsible for leading agile adoption and improving agile practices can learn from each other.  Attendees are expected to share their knowledge with the group and contribute their unique perspective.

Meeting Format: A member will bring a topic for discussion, provide a short introduction to that topic, and then facilitate a dialog for the remainder of the meeting.

  • 15-20 minutes presentation on topic
  • 40-45 minutes for group discussion and sharing of experiences

Meeting Logistics:

  • Max Ekesi, Sr. Program Manager with Dell, and Chis Buoy, Director of Software Engineering at Drillinginfo will address meeting logistics and facilitation
  • Lunch will be provided courtesy of Agile Austin
  • When: 12:00-1:00 first Friday of the month –  please be punctual
  • Where: CA/Hyperformix office – 5001 Plaza on the Lake, Suite 102, Austin, TX (first floor)

Informal Directions and Parking Info:

Hyperformix is on the south side of Lake Austin at the 360 Pennybacker bridge.

  • Coming down 360 from the north, turn right into the first driveway (immediately) after the bridge.
  • Coming up 360 from the south, exit right before the bridge, take the turnaround under the bridge and then turn right into first driveway.

You can park in the open lots or any of the garages that aren’t indicated as reserved. The meeting will be held on the first floor.

Seating is limited!

Please make sure you are able to attend this session. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend, so please only sign-up if you are committed to attending and have an interest in the topic. Meetings are held on a monthly basis, and topics vary, so don’t worry if the topic for this month does not interest you–there will be plenty of chances to attend future events. If you have an idea for a future discussion, please tell us!