Integrating Agile Practices with a Stage-Gate Product Development Framework


Many leading product development organizations utilize a Stage-Gate process to guide how they invest in their portfolio of products, how they are engineered, and how they are manufactured and released to the market. Oftentimes, these Stage-Gate processes have been defined in a more waterfall fashion which poses difficulties when trying to incorporate Agile practices. This presentation dispels the notion that Agile and Stage-Gate are incompatible, and provides some examples of how Agile practices provide significant business value to Stage-Gate.


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Outline/structure of the Session

  1. What is Stage-Gate?
  2. Stage-Gate portfolio management
  3. Evolution of Stage-Gate to incorporate Agile principles
  4. Key differences between Stage-Gate and Agile
  5. Weaknesses of Agile compared with Stage-Gate
  6. Stage-Gate with Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)
  7. Stage-Gate with Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  8. Q&A

Learning Outcome

Attendees will receive an overview of Stage-Gate and an appreciation for why it is being employed by so many companies world-wide.  Next, they will see the differences & strengths/weaknesses between Stage-Gate and Agile, and how they complement each other.  Attendees will then learn how Agile principles are embedded in the most recent incarnations of Stage-Gate, and how Agile frameworks such as Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) can exist very effectively in a Stage-Gate environment, leading to more effective product development results.

Target Audience

Agile leaders, Scrum Masters, SEPGs, PMOs

schedule Submitted 4 years ago

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