September 6, 2017 – September 8, 2017 all-day
San Francisco
Bill Estrem
651 278 2509
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Agile - Next Exit

In today’s fast paced business world, organizations are seeking to improve their ability to operate more effectively and efficiently. Business agility is essential.

There are many schools of thought, frameworks, and methods that promise to improve agility.  However, there is no one single approach can solve all of the problems.

This course is designed to examine several significant frameworks and methods such as Enterprise Architecture, Agile Methods, and Lean Enterprise synthesizing them to enable the enterprise to be more agile.

Many organizations are striving to create value by working closely with their customers and reducing the time required to deliver results.  At the same time, the enterprise must maintain some consistency to function efficiently.  At times, different parts of the organization will have different views on what is the best way to function.  What is the balance that is needed between Agility and Architecture?

This course examines Agility, Lean Methods, Design Thinking, Enterprise Architecture and other frameworks and methods to understand how the apparent conflicts can be resolved .


Anyone involved with the planning, development, and operation of an enterprise will benefit from this course.  In particular, people in the following roles will find course beneficial:

  • Enterprise Architects (Business, Data, Application, Technology)
  • Solution Architects
  • IT Strategists
  • Transformation’s teams
  • Digital teams
  • Business Analysts
  • Product Managers
  • System and Software Engineers and Developers
  • Program and Project Managers
  • Testers
  • Operations Managers
  • Service Managers


This course is not intended to prepare students for certification in any particular standard or product.  It does not focus on teaching detailed skills and techniques.  There are no specific prerequisites for this course, although it is assumed that participants are experienced practitioners in their field.


Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Apply concepts from Enterprise Architecture, Agile Development, and Lean Enterprise to build agile capabilities and solutions that meet enterprise requirements, align with business strategies
  • Demonstrate Enterprise Architecture skills that can be used to guide the developments of systems that are properly aligned with company strategies and business portfolios
  • Integrate architecture and agile techniques to increase the effectiveness and velocity of business development
  • Coordinate efforts with Agile and DevOps groups to improve the communications and feedback between strategists, analysts, architects, developers, operations, and service management personnel.
  • Implement practical controls to ensure appropriate compliance to architecture standards, legal and regulatory requirements when needed.
  • Develop effective lightweight organizations, structures and processes for governing their enterprise architecture, development, testing and operations activities.
  • Build a more agile enterprise that will be able to improve revenue, avoid costs, and improve service to your customers.


There are no specific prerequisites for this course.  This not a software development or computer science course, although we will examine concepts from these areas.

We will examine several Agile and DevOps approaches, but no prior experience is required.

The TOGAF standard will be used as an example Enterprise Architecture framework. People familiar with the TOGAF standard will be able to understand what their role in terms of sharing information with other teams.

Course Purpose

This course is course is about creating a more agile enterprise.  Stakeholders in charge of Agile development, delivery and IT operations will learn how Enterprise Architecture can support and enable their work. Agility is not one single concept, but the collective behavior of several key functions within the enterprise.  The course is a synthesis of the ideas and trends that are at play in the enterprise.  In particular, these topics include:

  • Enterprise Architecture and all of its domains
  • Product and Portfolio Management
  • Agile Methods
  • Lean Enterprise
  • DevOps

Any of these approaches may refer to existing frameworks, standards, methodologies, best practices, methods and processes. This includes with no particular order; TOGAF, Scrum, Kanban, Disciplined Agile  (DA), Lean, Lean for IT, IT4IT and more. Each method or approach has its role to play. Each method has its strengths and weaknesses.  How can these seemingly incompatible methods and techniques be integrated and harmonized to maximize benefit to the enterprise?

This course enables decision makers, strategists, product owners, architects, developers, and operations managers to gain insights into how these concepts can be interwoven to create a more agile enterprise. Course participants will work on practical examples and case studies that demonstrate and apply key elements of each method and examines how the methods can be integrated.

For More Information

For a full course description click here. For more information, contact Bill Estrem at waestrem@metaplexity.com.