David Grabel

Enterprise Agile Coach

Fidelity Investments

Use Fast Feedback to Accelerate Business Agility

Software engineers get feedback from their development environment and automated test suites in real-time. Errors can be fixed and verified in minutes. However, when organizations extend Agile beyond technology, feedback from stakeholders takes days and the 'feedback frenzies' can drag on for weeks or even months. Completing a story within a sprint seems impossible. It is time for 'the business' to dramatically reduce lead time and stop getting blamed for delays.

This talk will show you how to quickly create a value stream mapping with your team. This map will expose needless delays and help you find ways to shorten cycle time to minutes, reducing overall lead time by 80% or more. It will include a way to overlay feedback loops on the value stream map, which can help you find the source of significant delays.

You will also hear how creative teams are adapting mob programming techniques into their work in ways that build feedback into their processes in order to accelerate delivery from business teams.

Views expressed in this session are my own and are not necessarily supported by Fidelity Investments.



David Grabel is an enterprise agile coach consulting at Fidelity Investments bringing Agile to the entire organization. He has introduced Scrum, Kanban, XP, and SAFe at both small and large organizations. His previous clients include Vistaprint, Trizetto, Bose, and PayPal where he helped them adopt agile at the team and enterprise level. David has contributed to two recent books: The Agile Enterprise by Mario Moreira and Lean Agile Marketing by Femi Olajiga. His certifications include CSM, CSP, CAL I, KMP II, & SPC.

David started his career as a software developer. He became a manager and executive at five startups and three large companies. He was Vice President of Engineering at Monetrics/JM Family Enterprises, Vice President of Internet Technology at Thomson/Gale, and Vice President of Development at Politzer & Haney.

He is a board member and former President of Agile New England, a non-profit group dedicated to accelerating the adoption of agile throughout New England. David was the Co-Product Owner for Agile Games 2018. He has spoken at many conferences including Agile 2015, 2016, & 2018, Lean Kanban North America, Agile Games and Mile High Agile.