03Dec2013
17 Sep 2013 The Westwood

Why All the Fuss About Agile?

PDP Information:
Program Number: C020-17092013
Why All the Fuss About Agile?
PDUs: 1.5
Category: A
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)

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Kevin Aguanno
   
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 seriously.

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 project recovery.

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.



Agile LCI:

Topic: Agile Certifications – A Conversation starter

Need 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!

What 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

Get acquainted 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 some fun!



PMO LCI:

Topic: No meeting this month