Why All the Fuss About Agile?
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
meeting slides can be downloaded.
In these challenging economic
times, organizations have been struggling to find ways of doing more with
less while improving employee morale that, in some companies, is at a generational
low. One solution that has caught people's attention is the adoption
of agile delivery methods. Agile approaches have been garnering a
lot of interest for more than a decade and with mainstream organizations
now using agile methods, other organizations are now taking the approach
In this presentation, join agile guru Kevin Aguanno as he introduces
you to the business case for adopting agile methods including benefits and
risks, how agile differs from other delivery methods, what types of projects
are best suited to agile delivery approaches, and statistics from organizations
who have already made the leap.
With over 25 years of managing complex systems integration and software
development projects, Kevin Aguanno is known in the industry for his innovative
approaches to solving common project management problems. He focuses on
two project management specialty areas: agile project management and troubled
As a well-known keynote speaker, trainer, and coach in agile management
methods, Aguanno has taught thousands of people how to better manage high-change
projects by using techniques from Scrum, Extreme Programming, Feature-Driven
Development, OpenUP and other agile methods. He is a frequent presenter
at conferences and private corporate events where he delights audiences
with practical advice peppered with fascinating stories from his own experiences
in the trenches practicing agile project management. He has taught
for several years at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto
where he won the coveted SCS Excellence in Teaching Award, and is a regular
guest lecturer in software engineering and project management classes at
several other universities.
Kevin holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master's
in Project Management from the School of Business and Public Management
at George Washington University. He is a PMI-certified Project Management
Professional (PMP), as well as a PMI Agile-Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP),
and is also recognized by the Scrum Alliance as both a Certified ScrumMaster
(CSM) and Certified Scrum Professional (CSP). Kevin holds comparable
international PM credentials in his home country, Canada, the U.K. and Switzerland.
He is the author of over thirty books, audiobooks, DVDs, and CD-ROMs in
addition to a number of articles published in magazines and journals worldwide.
Certifications – A Conversation starter
more acronyms? CSM or PSM? PSPO or CSPO? CSP or ACP? What do these mean
and which path could one take considering certifications? Not interested?
You should be! Perhaps you will be interviewing someone holding one
or more of these!
could you consider? A comparison across a few tracks and how to get there
will be discussed at the Agile LCI. Come join us for our first meeting
of the program year!
Career Networking Program:
Topic: Open Networking Session
with your fellow PMs and spend time practicing your networking skills!
Develop contacts, let others know what you are looking for, and how they
can perhaps help. And find some way to help someone else - share
contact info and follow up with them after the meeting.
Join us for this casual session before the dinner meeting, and have
Topic: No meeting this month