Program Title: "Agile in Financial Services - A Framework
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
meeting slides can be downloaded.
Hudson B.Sc., PMP, CSM
concepts are becoming prevalent in the systems development community today
and in practice have achieved some impressive results, due in large part
to their capability to address the rapid rate of change and ever shorter
delivery timeframes needed to be competitive in the marketplace today. While
the basic concepts are not difficult to understand (indeed, it has been said
that there is nothing really new in Agile) the challenge remains: how to
effectively implement Agile in the Financial Services sector where Regulatory
and Compliance, Risk Management and Data Security considerations are everyday
This presentation, based on the actual experience of a practicing Scrum
Master and Project Manager Professional, will take a look at the objectives
of Agile Project Management and Development and discuss how they may be implemented
in the enterprise as a whole, within the context of existing system architectures,
and without the need to extensively re-engineer established processes and
controls. The presentation includes a brief introduction to some Agile Development
methods, including an understanding of the Iterative approach that is the
foundation of Agile, but does not seek to educate the audience in depth on
any specific Agile method or process. The focus is on the frameworks that
need to be present for Agile to add value to the enterprise. Agile, like almost
any other project management or development tool is no “silver bullet”; while
it is easy to understand it is not easy to use and implement effectively.
It will not bring order to chaos.
John is a Manager in the Information Systems group of the Individual Life
Insurance division at Prudential Financial, responsible for providing Project
Management services to the Sales Illustrations, Term and Variable Policy Administration
and Actuarial systems support teams. John is chairperson of the Agile Working
Group within Prudential and has been a leader in the introduction of Agile
technologies across multiple business units. He is currently working with
the Systems and Business Leadership teams within the Individual Life Insurance
division to establish a new SDLC based on the Agile SCRUM framework. John
is a member of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University
and for many years has followed and applied their work on Systems Development
practices including a role as a CMM Appraiser.
Prior to this John was a Director and principal at EuroComm Software providing
Client Relationship and Project Management services to Bluestone Capital Partners
LP (a Venture Capital group), overseeing the development and installation
of a proprietary Global eBusiness Securities Trading platform at client sites
around the world; including Standard Chartered Bank and International Bank
of Asia in Hong Kong, ABN Amro in Johannesburg, South Africa and the Bank
of Butterfield in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.
In total John has over 35 years experience as a systems development professional
in roles as a Systems Engineer, Programmer, Systems Analyst and Project Manager.
He is a Project Management Professional and Certified Scrum Master and is
actively engaged today as the Scrum Master on a multi-year, multi-million
dollar software development project. He holds a BS (with Honors) in Computer
Science from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.
Topic: Job Search Secrets
John Sampson will
talk about "Job Search Secrets". Members may remember that John gave
us a lively and informative presentation about two years ago. In February
John will return to share some of the secrets that he has learned about the
world of recruiting during his time as a recruiter and trainer.