19-20 April 2018

15Hatfields, London

10 years of Big Room Planning

Session type:
Case Study

Session duration:
45 minutes

Presented by:

Martin Burns

CA Technologies

About this Case Study

This talk uses Rally’s long experience of Big Room Planning (BRP) ceremonies to define:

  • why BRP is a powerful technique when working on a Team of Teams
  • how to make it work
  • common failure modes

Learning outcomes

Following the session, participants will be able to:

  • express BRP’s value and defend it from challenge when proposing to management
  • plan and prepare for a BRP session
  • avoid common failure modes

While this method is very similar to the ceremony in SAFe, it is entirely consumable without buying the whole SAFe cake.

About the Speaker

Martin has held many different positions over 2 decades: business analyst, project manager, scrum master and even a “weird web developer guy” - all fueling his passion for continuous improvement.

A transformation consultant at CA (formerly Rally) with experience in industries including media, financial and government, Martin excels at improving delivery in complex, multistakeholder environments. Instead of a cookie-cutter approach to agile, he tailors a transformation approach from an organisation’s current and desired future states.

A key strength is as a non-dogmatic bridge-builder - coming from a disciplined work environment, he empathises with structured organisations that are learning to let go and change, while still bringing a restless activism. His vision for sustainable delivery organisations is “everyone can go home at 5.”

For Martin, agile is a never-ending journey and “... even though some have started it earlier, we’re all in it together.”


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