GOTO Berlin is a vendor independent international software development conference with more that 60 top speakers and 600 attendees. The conference covers topics such as Java, Open Source, Agile, Architecture, Design, Web, Cloud, New Languages and Processes.

Jez Humble, Vice President at Chef, Author of "Continuous Delivery"

Jez Humble

Biography: Jez Humble

Jez Humble is a vice president at Chef, a lecturer at UC Berkeley, and co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler’s Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010), and Lean Enterprise, in Eric Ries’ Lean series (O’Reilly, 2014). He has worked as a software developer, product manager, executive, consultant and trainer across a wide variety of domains and technologies. His focus is on helping organisations deliver valuable, high-quality software frequently and reliably through implementing effective engineering practices.

Twitter: @jezhumble
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Book: Lean Enterprise (O'Reilly 2015)

Presentation: Why Scaling Agile Doesn't Work

Track: On the Boundaries of Agile / Time: Friday 13:20 - 14:10 / Location: Hall 2

There are now several frameworks designed to address the demand for "big agile."

In this talk Jez will explain the flaws in such frameworks, why they so often fail to produce the desired effects, and what we should do instead. He will also address some common organizational obstacles to moving fast at scale: governance, budgeting, and the project paradigm - and discuss how to address them. Warning: this talk will include liberal use of real, statistically sound data.

Workshop: High Performance Organizations

Track: Workshops / Time: Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00 / Location: Einstein 1

The workshop will take place at the hotel "Park Inn - Alexanderplatz" in Room Einstein 2. Please arrive at the address below around 08:30 AM on Wednesday, December 2, for Registration.
Hotel Park Inn - Alexanderplatz
Alexanderplatz 7
10178 Berlin
On arrival at the Hotel Park Inn - Alexanderplatz please use the stairs behind or the elevator beside the concierge to the 2nd floor. On the second floor go to the workshop rooms on the right hand side.


Large organizations often struggle to leverage software to create innovative products. A number of organizational factors conspire to create obstacles to moving fast at scale, including culture, governance, and financial management, and the application of portfolio and program management strategies that do not take advantage of the unique characteristics of software.

What you will learn:

In this training we’ll discuss how to take a lean approach to developing new products and running large scale programs of work, and how to grow a culture that enables organizations to turn software into a competitive advantage.


  • Executives interested in strategy, leadership, organization culture, and good governance 
  • Directors of IT, both for applications and for infrastructure and operations 
  • Anyone working in program or project management, including members of the PMO 
  • People in finance and accounting or in governance, regulation, and compliance who are involved in delivery.   


09:00 - 10:30 Workshop
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee/Tea Break (incl. snacks)
11:00 - 12:00 Workshop
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 - 14:30 Workshop
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee/Tea Break (incl. snacks)

15:00 - 16:00 Workshop