The Agile Enterprise: A View from the Captain's Chair

Apr 15 2014 (6:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
Please do not arrive before 5:45 PM

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The Agile Enterprise: A View from the Captain’s Chair
Agile papers and presentations are almost always from the practitioner’s perspective. Even discussions of “Scrum of Scrums” and scaled Agile are focused on the practitioner’s point of view. But what do executives see when they look at Agile? Executives commonly ask “what will I get, when will I get it, and what will it cost me?” – and they want to know now. These questions seem to be the antithesis of the principles of Agile which are more focused on defining items at the latest possible point in time. Enterprises have built organizational structures around silos of practice including business analysis, project management, development, and QA. Agile teams want Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and cross-functional teams. Executives want strong program governance with stage gates to measure progress. Agile teams feel exhaustive reporting and governance are not “lean” and have no place in the new world. How do we bring these two seemingly opposing camps together and form an effective collaboration between Agile practitioners and executive management?

About our Speakers:: Craig D. Wilson – Matincor, Inc.
Craig D. Wilson is an Information Technology management consultant helping organizations apply Agile/Lean principles to more effectively manage people, projects, and processes. Before establishing his consulting practice, he spent more than a dozen years at senior and executive level IT management positions in a broad variety of industries including banking, entertainment, health care, and relocation services. As a consultant, he has also served clients in the insurance and financial services industries.

As a project manager and PMO Director, Craig has been responsible for hundreds of projects managing teams that range in size from a half dozen members to well over 100. These projects have involved custom software development, commercial package integration, infrastructure design and deployment, data telecommunications, operations, and production services.

Craig is a frequent speaker on management practices and development methodologies. For more information please visit www.matincor.com.

Admission

Pre-pay by Paypal: $25.00 (includes dinner). Note that if you pre-pay and do not show, there is no refund available. NOTE: If you use paypal to register after 5PM on Monday before the meeting, please bring your Paypal receipt with you to the meeting.

If not pre-paid: $30 at the door. Please email RSVP. If you don't RSVP, we unfortunately cannot guarantee dinner.