Posts by Mike Adler

Managing Technical and UX Debt

Constant Contact recently released one of our first release planned and executed with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), known externally as our Toolkit release.  There will  be a future post about some of the lessons learned from that experience, We see  major release as an opportunity to do a retrospective on our process. This post […]

Organizing for Quality with Agile Teams

I have been writing for the last several months about our adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework at Constant Contact.   However, I was recently challenged to think about a more core Agile question of how to best organize and manage our Quality Engineers.  Working through organizational structure as a leader within an organization is always […]

When to Use the Agile Release Train

[Editor’s note: This post about using the Agile Release Train is the third is a series of posts by Mike Adler chronicling the Constant Contact engineering organization’s journey of transitioning to the SAFe Framework.] As an organization that develops world-class SaaS software, we want to leverage the benefits of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery processes.  […]

How Many X Should We Have?

In my last blog post I described our engineering organization and our selection of the Scaled Agile Framework to help us organize our Agile engineering teams.  Throughout the last month, we have been socializing and teaching the Epic/Feature/Story hierarchy to the product organization.  As part of this rollout, one of the transitions that we have […]

Scaling a Great Engineering Organization with SAFe

This year we’ve begun to adopt the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) at Constant Contact to help us structure our product, business, and architectural efforts so that our organizational and business growth scales effectively. Great engineering organizations build great products. However, building a great engineering organization and keeping it executing for the business is never easy. Constant […]