Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
SEI Podcast Series

Scaling Agile Methods

Eileen Wrubel, Will Hayes


All major defense contractors in the market can tell you about their approaches to implementing the values and principles found in the Agile Manifesto. Published frameworks and methodologies are rapidly maturing, and a wave of associated terminology is part of the modern lexicon. We are seeing consultants feuding on Internet forums as well, each claiming to have the “true” answer for what Agile is and how to make it work in your organization. The challenge now is to scale Agile to work in complex settings with larger teams, larger systems, longer timelines, diverse operating environments, and multiple engineering disciplines. In this podcast, Will Hayes and Eileen Wrubel present five perspectives on scaling Agile from leading thinkers in the field, including Scott Ambler, Steve Messenger, Craig Larman, Jeff Sutherland, and Dean Leffingwell.



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About the Speakers

Eileen Wrubel

Eileen Wrubel is the technical lead for the SEI’s Agile in Government program, which works to assist the federal government in adopting lean and Agile software engineering principles. Her research efforts focus on Agile in acquisition, particularly on identifying and addressing adoption barriers in the Department of Defense (DoD) and other highly regulated settings, with special interest in sustainment and contracting issues. In 14 years with the SEI, she has worked with a variety of DoD and federal acquisition programs, providing advice and assistance on software related issues.

Will Hayes

Will Hayes is principal engineer on the Agile in Government team at the SEI. He currently supports major programs in the Department of Defense and other government agencies that acquire software from contractors applying Agile methodologies. He helps programs devise effective ways to interact with developers using these new methods, and to apply necessary due diligence (e.g., exercise oversight, report metrics and incentivize desired performance) in ways that support –rather than hinder– successful use of Agile methodologies.


Throughout his 26 years at the SEI, Hayes has supported numerous commercial, government, and defense organizations, providing consultation and coaching for a wide range of roles from engineers to CEOs.