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An Overview of the Scaled Agile Framework

Date of Event: 
Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 6:00pm
158 Amundson Hall


For the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area

Free parking tickets will be handed out in the meeting.

Meeting Announcement:


March 14, 2019

5:30-8:00 p.m. at The University of Minnesota
5:30 start for networking, 6:15 start of meeting.

Amundson Hall room 158 (Next to Keller Hall - Look for signs)
Minneapolis, MN

A map is available here.

This Month’s Meeting:


An Overview of the Scaled Agile Framework


Organizations are trying to increase their internal speed and flexibility by shedding current bureaucratic governance models and structures. These organizations are looking at Agile as a potential “answer” to becoming faster and flexible. Agile principles have proven effective for software development at a team level, but can they do the same at the organizational level?

How do you scale agile principles and practices across the enterprise in a multi team environment? In this session we will introduce Scaled Agile Framework – SAFe and attempt to answer these questions.In the pursuit of enterprise agility, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) offers a framework that you can customize for your organization.

In this meeting we will:

  • Introduce the Scaled Agile Framework – SAFe – what is it?
  • Share a few key scaling agile concepts.
  • Look at some case studies of companies who have successfully applied SAFe.

Speaker: Samir Penkar, SAFe SPC, CSM, PMP

As an avid evangelist for agile practices, Samir Penkar attended the first SAFe 4.0 training program led by SAFe founder Dean Leffingwell. He has more than a decade of experience in program and project management leading and running agile initiatives. Samir is the author of the program management book From Projects to Programs. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fox9 News and has presented on project management topics throughout the world.  

Program Manager: 

Jesse Freese - Simulationpl

Twin-SPIN Mission Statement:
The Twin-SPIN software process improvement network (SPIN) is a regional organization established in January of 1996 as a forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and ideas. Representatives from industry, government, academia, other professional organizations, and consultants are welcome to participate. Our mission is to help sustain commitment and enhance skills in the area of software process improvement through an active program of networking and mutual support. The organization strives to serve as a source of educational and experiential information for its members, other SPIN organizations, and the general community of software professionals.  

Meetings are normally held on the 1st Thursday of each month from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Twin-SPIN is a non-profit organization and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Software Engineering (UMSEC). See

2018 Sponsors:

Facility Sponsor
University of Minnesota, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

$2,000 Sponsors
University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center (UMSEC)

$500 Sponsors

$100 Sponsors

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