February 18, 2014 Hyatt Morristown
The PM Side of Agile

PDP Information:
Program Number: C020-18022014
Program Title:  "The PM Side of Agile
PDUs: 1.5
Category: A
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)

The meeting slides can be downloaded.


John Hudson
This presentation takes a close look at Agile projects from the Project Manager's point of view. It builds on many of the techniques introduced in Hudson’s 2013 presentation, “Agile in Financial Services - A Framework in Focus,” and offers an in-depth look at the required activities and resource needs for a PM to be successful in an Agile world. Importantly, it is based on recent real world experience following the successful completion of a large scaleweb development project using the SCRUM framework comprised of 18 2-week Sprints over 9 months, 3000+ code components delivered, over 3200 widely disbursed users, and $1.8 Million spent to date. This  presentation is an up-close retrospective on what factors make an Agile Development effort successful and highlights some important considerations for anyone who is thinking of making the transition to Agile.

Presentation topics:
  • Retrospective - a look back on “A Framework  in Focus”
  • People - the Agile Team
  • Project Planning
  • Execution and Monitoring
John has been employed by Prudential Financial for almost 10 years now as a Manager in the Information Systems group. He is currently providing Project Management support to the Life Sales Illustrations, Policy Administration and Actuarial systems teams. He has taken a leadership role in the introduction of Agile technologies across multiple business units at Prudential and is currently working with the Systems and Business Leadership teams to establish an Agile Development Life Cycle based on the SCRUM framework. John has over 30 years’ experience as a systems development professional in the Financial Services sector with companies including Bankers Trust, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, UBS PaineWebber and TD Waterhouse in the United States, Lehman Brothers in London, 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.

Mr. Hudson holds an honors degree In Computer Science, is a Project Management Professional, Agile Certified Practitioner and Certified Scrum Master and an active participant in the Software Engineering Institute membership program at Carnegie Mellon University.

Agile LCI:

TopicFrom a drop to the river – the evolution of some Scrummy Stuff!

Is it SCRUM or Scrum? A Methodology or a Framework? Is the Scrum Master needed at the Daily Scrum? What happened to velocity?

This talk will shed some light into the evolution and history of some of these. Whether this is a trip down memory lane, or some tidbits on Scrum, you don’t want to miss this one!

Career Networking LCI:

Topic:  None

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Topic: Meet & Greet

Meet & Greet