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AGILE for Enterprise Series #1

October 20, 2015 - Bridgewater Marriott

PDP Information:
Program Number: C020-20102015
Program Title: AGILE for Enterprise Series #1
PDUs: 1.5
Category: A
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)

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AGILE for Enterprise Series #1

Over the years, studies have shown more companies are not only adopting agility in formal ways, but are also looking to expand across multiple Teams, Programs and at the Portfolio level.  In this engaging presentation, two enthusiasts will share their journey and expertise on Agile practices. They reveal different flavors of Scrum, Kanban and Engineering practices witnessed in software development.

At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:
  1. Clearly distinguish between “Agile” and “Scrum” 
  2. Understand why the Scrum framework is the most widely known of Agile practices
  3. Understand how some Organizations are defining Agility and find a common language to quickly gauge where they stand
  4. Understand the “Iron Triangle” in Agile initiatives
  5. Understand what are some of the tools for Agile initiatives and how/when/whether they can help
  6. Find where Project Managers “fit in!”
  7. See examples of creative Kanban Boards and how Teams use them
  8. Get a perspective from not one, but two Agile enthusiasts with examples from prior and current workplaces!
  9. Understand how Teams scale (Team / Program / Portfolio level)
Nitin Khanna (ACP, ICP-ACC) and Bob Phillips (MBA, PMP, ACP) bring years of experience in a variety of industries. Their combined background is in Project and Program Management, being a Scrum Master, Product Owner and Professional Coaching.

Bob is currently with a non-profit in NYC and Nitin has wrapped up an Agile adoption for a wealth management company in NJ. Both represent the PMINJ Agile LCI and have been instrumental in helping it grow, organically, with other Core Committee Members.

BobPhillips Bob is an agile practitioner who has served as Scrum Master across many projects. He’s currently the Salesforce Program Manager at Teach For America where he was selected to present innovations he brought to his teams at Dreamforce. During his career at IBM, he led efforts to obtain organizational buy-in for teams to have the option to leverage Agile methods within the Global Technology Services Division. To support consolidation efforts within the Office of the CIO, Bob led teams from multiple divisions in the creation of Process and Product Quality Assurance and Service Delivery Life Cycle methods to standardize enterprise processes and tools that streamlined architecture review operations and reduce costs. Bob received his MBA with honors from the New Jersey Institute of Technology as well as an MS in Management and BS in Mechanical Engineering. He is working on his Doctoral Dissertation in Information Technology at Pace University, where he is a member of the Upsilon Phi Epsilon Honors Society.

Nitin Khanna Nitin Khanna is a a Scrum enthusiast and Agile practitioner. He has worked as a Product Owner, Scrum Master and Agile Coach with various Teams and Organizations.He has recently wrapped an Agile Adoption with a Wealth Management Company in NJ. As a Certified Agile Coach (ICP-ACC), he worked closely to empower a Team to experiment with Scrum. The initiative was declared a success and the Organization is looking to leverage  Agile practices in the future. Prior to this, Nitin has worked extensively in the Life Sciences domain. As a former Product Owner (PSPO II & CSPO), he has helped launch various internal products (100+) for Scientists and Researchers. Some of the initiatives have received corporate recognition, the most prominent of which received a Chairman’s award for bringng about lab safety.




Agile LCI:

Topic: None

None this meeting


Career Networking LCI:

Topic:   Getting Yourself a Job: Here’s How

In an audience-interactive presentation, Alex Freund explains and demonstrates various aspects of job hunting, including the résumé, the interview, how to read the interviewer’s body language, how the hiring decision is made, why so many facets of the job search are counterintuitive, and much more.

Alex Freund, the “Landing Expert,” is a successful career and interviewing coach who specializes in preparing job-seekers to feel comfortable during interviews.  Alex teaches a career development seminar, conducts workshops on résumés and LinkedIn optimization, publishes a blog and is prominent in several on- and off-line job-search networking groups.  >More information.


PMO LCI:

Topic: None

None this meeting



Meet the Board:

Those who attend the October 20th Program at the Main Location are invited to meet with PMINJ Board members for an informal Q&A session before dinner!  Join the Chapter leaders for a candid conversation about the Chapter, its services, the profession, and how PMINJ can help support your growth and success as project management professionals.  Hope you'll join us!



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