2017 Annual Conference Agile Track

Agile is at the forefront of change in project management practice. New frameworks, principles, practices, and deep theory are emerging in the project management space. This track will focus on how to support and improve team level, project level, and organizational agility overall. Project managers are eager to understand this new domain.

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Cynthia Kahn, MBA, PMP, CSM

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Cynthia Kahn has over 20 years’ experience managing both agile and waterfall projects. She has her MBA, PMP and CSM, and she has been 100% agile since 2010. Cynthia has successfully applied scrum at multiple companies, big and small. She is co-author of the GSD Scrum Handbook and co-founder of GSD Mindset.

Her company GSD Mindset teaches Scrum in 1 Day and coaches teams as they transition to agile, leaving their waterfall ways behind. GSD Gold agile teams outperform teams of their peers, even teams that also say they are agile too.

10 Easy Ways to Close More Stories

In 10 Easy Ways to Closing More Stories, Cynthia describes her techniques to close stories by applying a story-based focus, addressing the human element and watching the burndown.

Presentation Outcomes:

  • Dealing with people problems
  • How to use your burndown chart to your advantage
  • Why you need to focus on the story to get more stuff done

Rebecca Knight

knight rebeccaRebecca is the owner of Blue Sky Strategic Services, a local firm that delivers Agile coaching, training, and project management services to companies in various sectors. Through Blue Sky, she bringing professional Agile project management skills and techniques to the small business community. Her latest project involves working with Capital Insurance Group in Monterey California as the Enterprise Agile Coach to drive Agile transformation initiatives.

Rebecca is committed to giving back to the profession of project management.  She has been a PMP Boot Camp Instructor and Visiting Professor at both DeVry University and Keller Graduate School of Management, where she teaches program and project management courses. She also served on PMI Phoenix Chapter Board for 4 years as the VP of External Relations. Rebecca holds a Masters Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix, several industry certifications, including the PMP® and PMI-ACP®.

Incognito Risk Management

One of the popular definitions of Agile is, "to be able to move quickly and easily." Given this premise, when, who, and how is the typically 'heavier' activity of risk management conducted within ‘light-weight’ Agile practices? Get your magnifying glasses, secret decoders rings, and join me in breaking down the innate risk management tactics leveraged in Agile delivery. 

Attend this interactive session to increase your awareness and knowledge of how traditional risk management maps to risk management methods in Agile project delivery.

Presentation Outcomes:

  • Identify risk mitigation similarities between traditional and agile.
  • Create a map for risk management tactics across methodologies.
  • Learn about the Agile artifacts essential to risk management.

Jean Richardson

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Jean Richardson is a battle-tested Agile Coach who melds a no-nonsense business approach with workplace character formation to help project managers, functional managers, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and both public and private organization leaders tackle difficult and frequently-encountered Project Management issues. She is a member of the Agile Alliance user group, Agile PDX, and for the last 15 years, Jean has served her community as a volunteer mediator in the Multnomah County Court Mediation program. Jean is a frequent speaker at conferences and professional development association meetings such as the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference and the Association for Graduate Liberal Studies

What does an Agile Manager Do?

The Scrum Master role has come to prominence in the last 10 years leading to confusion between the Agile Project Manager’s role and the Scrum Master’s role. Do we really need an Agile Project Manager if we have a Scrum Master working with the team? This presentation answers that question from the perspective of both the Agile team and the broader organization. It shows how the role changes or stays the same, depending on the Agile framework being used

Presentation Outcomes:

  • Three different approaches to functioning as an Agile Project Manager.
  • What primary responsibility the Agile Project Manager always carries.
  • The key thing that Agile Project Managers must embody that traditional Project Managers may not.

Dan Walsh

walsh danDan Walsh is a founder and principal of nuCognitive, a company offering coaching and training in opportunity management and business agility. He has over a decade of expertise in accelerating product development, driving culture change, and transforming work environments. He is a strong advocate for workplace cultures where people learn and thrive. As a recognized leader in Lean Startup and Agile, Dan helps clients to resolve complex, intractable problems and delivers holistic solutions through the application of heuristics.

Dan Walsh has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is also a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Leaders for Global Operations Program, where he received a M.S. in Systems Engineering and a M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Business.

Agile in Context: How to Improve Agile Development Using the Cynefin Framework

Have you ever wondered why some Agile concepts work well in one context and not in others?  Effective heuristics drive the success of Agile methods. Heuristics are anything that provide a plausible aid or direction in the solution of a problem. All heuristics work by exploiting the structure of an environment. Cynefin is a sensemaking framework that helps people understand their context or situation, in order to take appropriate action. This framework can be used to select effective Agile heuristics. 

Agile in Context will help practitioners understand why and how Agile methods work across different contexts and ultimately increase their success and effectiveness.

Presentation Outcomes:

  • Describe what heuristics are and why they work
  • Describe the Cynefin framework
  • Use the Cynefin framework to identify and select heuristics applicable to Agile environments  

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Keynote  |  Strategy  |  Leadership  |  Technical  |  Agile  |  Business Analysis


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