Many organizations are tempted to begin their agile transformation with a series of low risk, stand-alone pilots. While these pilots may prove that teams can adopt a new process, they don’t prove that enterprise teams can work together to drive out dependencies, gain alignment across stakeholders, provide program-wide transparency, and deliver end-to-end value.
Why is it that companies who go “all in” at the program level have a higher chance of success?
In this webinar, we’ll answer these questions:
What are the business benefits companies have seen by launching agile programs (also known as Agile Release Trains)?
How do you identify the value streams in an enterprise – the long-lived series of system definition, development and deployment process steps used to build and deploy systems?
How do you identify your Agile Release Trains – the virtual organizations formed around these value streams?
How do you prepare an organization for the first Agile Release Train launch?
How do you execute using the one week Quickstart adoption model?
PDU: 1 COST: Free
SPEAKERS: Dean Leffingwell – Chief Methodologist – A 30+ veteran of the software industry, Dean is an entrepreneur, executive, author, methodologist, consultant, and Lean Systems Society Fellow. As one of the world’s most experienced scaled agile leaders, Dean developed the unique Scaled Agile Framework® which combines Agile portfolio management and large scale Agile architecture with the innovative Agile Release Train for program delivery. A former VP of Rational Software, he is the author of Agile Software Requirements, Scaling Software Agility and Managing Software Requirements, all from Addison-Wesley. . Drew Jemilo is a principal contributor to the Scaled Agile Framework®, consultant, and Academy instructor. Drew met Dean Leffingwell in early 2009 when he was developing a scaled Agile methodology for a management consulting company to bridge their strategic business framework with Agile. Since then, they have worked together with global clients to synchronize distributed teams using the Agile Release Train in the U.S., Europe, and India.
There is no doubt that knowing how to effectively manage the nine Knowledge Areas identified by PMI®’s PMBOK® Guide will make you a great project manager; however project managers must also have sound leadership skills in order to set the project vision and inspire project teams to overcome project challenges and road blocks. In this webinar, you’ll learn the competencies needed to apply effective project leadership techniques to your projects, so you can create a positive, thriving, and successful project environment. What you will learn:
Theories and applications of project leadership styles
Methods of successful motivation techniques of project human resources
How to lead effective project teams and negotiate with project stakeholders
Project leadership ethics
Project vision and commitment
Project management strategies that help build and sustain a high-performance project
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a “Different Kind of Smart”. As previously stated by PMI® Network Magazine: “Project leaders with high emotional intelligence inspire their team, connect with their peers and get the job done.” During this webinar we’ll discuss:
What is emotional intelligence and why should technical and business analysts care about EI?
Ways emotional intelligence contributes to improved project performance.
What is emotional hi-jacking and how it can interfere with stated goals and expectations?
Project managers perform many roles, sometimes all at the same time. They are leader, coach and manager and individuals have a tendency to favor one type of approach over another. While each approach requires similar skills, they will be applied differently, creating different results and having a different impact. This webinar explores each approach using two situations and highlights the three factors to consider in selecting the right approach for any situation: the amount of change, the clarity of the outcome and the closeness of the outcome. In this webinar you will learn:
How to determine when you need to be coach, leader or manager
How to seamlessly swap hats to be coach, leader or manager at the right time
The differences between applying skills when using each approach Read more
Delivering tough messages, giving critical performance feedback, saying “no” to a client or supervisor—these are just some of the challenging conversations we all face in the workplace; and, as a leader, you’re directly impacted by your ability to communicate effectively. The business results you produce, the strength of your internal collaborations, the effectiveness of your corporate strategy, and the retention of your key employee talent, all depend on the skills you bring to communication and relationship management. In this webinar, you will learn:
The three crucial elements of a conversation that will determine success or failure
A systematic process to prepare for your most challenging conversations
Four key skills for persuading and influencing others Read more
Do Agile without sprints? Stop using Story Points? Create a Microsoft project plan for my sprint?
This webinar covers numerous uncommon ways of being Agile, without conforming to the most common Agile practices. You will learn what seasoned Agile teams know – that Agile principles can be supported in numerous ways, not strictly by the practices we usually associate with Agile.
DURATION: 1 hour Earn PDU’s: 1
SPEAKER: Greg Smith is a seasoned Agile coach and the founder of GS Solutions Group. He is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Agile Project Manager, and a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner. Read more
I spoke at a Fortune 50 PMO gathering recently – where the CIO encouraged 100’s of PMs to “try” new things to deliver value faster to customers. Someone asked,
“What Lean-Agile techniques can I start using tomorrow?”
My responses included the following, which every project and PM can benefit from to stay on budget and on time and on scope !!!
Focus on one thing at a time – Studies proove that multitasking is a killer of productivity. You can really only done one thing at a time and every time you try to start something new – you actually take longer at getting everythind done. So, “Stop Starting – Start Finishing !”
Make things VISIBLE – If you make the progress of work visible on a board or in a spreadsheet….you can easily see bottlenecks, and adjust when you see problems. “What you track is what gets done” – so track value being delivered!
Burn Charts – Are a great way to visibly let you see how value is really being completed by tracking deliverables, features, … (not tasks getting done). When you see it is not being delivered as estimated – then you can address it quickly to bring the project back in line. It shows you if you are really on schedule or not – predict when you’ll finish too !
Define “DONE” – Stop using percentages complete – only when something is DONE is value actually delivered! DONE tells you when you are complete your project. 90% done is not DONE. Use your Burn Charts to track DONE.
IT Professionals are presented with multiple conferences throughout the year that provide opportunities to develop industry knowledge, training, skills and leadership. What sets SoTeC apart from most other conferences is that is organized by the same technology professionals who will benefit from attending the conference. Because the conference is organized by non-profit professional associations whose members volunteer their time, and because the speakers are also volunteers, SoTeC can provide these great benefits at a surprisingly affordable price:
Peter Coffee (VP Salesforce.com) – Possible, Inevitable, Essential: the Social and Mobile Cloud
Cindy McKenzie (SVP Fox Entertainment Group) – From My Desk to Yours—A CIO’s Perspective
Paul Tobia (Senior Principal Security Strategist, Symantec) – Strategic Security Overview – trends and directions in information security
Mark Van Lue (COO, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles) – Project Management; Habitat for Humanity Style
Benefits of attending SoTeC include:
12 recertification hours (PDUs, CDUs, CPEs) for attending both conference days
Professional Networking with more than 300 IT professionals
Access to strategic information technology thought leaders
SoTeC Inspiration Award
Job Fair and Resume Reviews
Several discounted registrations available; these include: member discounts, in-transition and student discounts, early bird discount, and group/corporate discount
Everyone I know working to help organizations to become Agile agree that…
Becoming Agile is a Process
I know teams that have been maturing for 3+ years and they will tell you they still have room for growth. That tells me from first hand experience as well as talking to organizations that have committed to this journey so they can be more responsive to their customers and business, that not only do you have to be committed to being patient with the growth process – you can help the process by creating a Kaizen Culture.
What is Kaizen?
Kaizen is a Japanese word for “improvement”, or “change for the better”. It refers to philosophy or practices that focus upon continuous improvement of processes.
Kaizen is a daily process, the purpose of which goes beyond simple productivity improvement. It is also a process that, that can humanize the workplace, helps people work smarter, not harder; and teaches people how to spot and eliminate waste in their own work and business processes. It covers five main areas: Read more