Overview: Join noted author and agile project management expert Kevin Aguanno as he explains the misconceptions and the underlying truths about faster software delivery using agile methods and uncovers the preconditions to achieving speed. Along the way he will discuss the more easily achievable benefits of agile and how speed comes with higher levels of agile maturity.
Why Should You Attend: Agile methods break many of the controls we commonly use on our traditional projects. In addition, they use completely different metrics for tracking project progress and health. In an agile environment, how do you know if your project is running well?
This 60-minute presentation will introduce you to some early warning signs that your agile project is heading in a bad direction. By keeping a sharp nose out for "foul smells" in these areas, you'll be alerted sooner of impending troubles, giving you more time to take corrective action.
Areas Covered in the Session:
An Approach to Agile Project Health Checks
Problems with Team Engagement
Problems with Process Adherence
Who Will Benefit:
Kevin Aguanno 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 Aguanno 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), and his competency is certified by IBM as a Certified Executive Project Manager and by the International Project Management Association (IPMA) as a Certified Senior Project Manager (IPMA Level B). He is certified by the Scrum Alliance as both a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), by the Project Management Association of Canada as a Certified Agile Project Manager (Cert.APM), and the Project Management Institute has awarded him its PMI Agile-Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) designation.
Aguanno is an active member of the Project Management Institute (U.S.A.) including the Information Systems SIG, the Association for Project Management (U.K.), the Project Management Association of Canada where he is a founding director and the current President, the Agile Alliance, and the Scrum Alliance. He is accredited by the International Project Management Association (founded in Switzerland) as a project management competency assessor, and he performs IPMA assessments for the ASAPM in the U.S.A. and the PMAC in Canada. In 2013, the PMAC formally recognized Aguanno with its highest honor by naming him a Fellow of the Project Management Association of Canada (FPMAC). Kevin Aguanno 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.
Overview: This Webinar will review some techniques that have worked in building an effective EA Program and will provide advice on some key activities to focus on and others to avoid.
Today's Business/IT Environment for medium and large corporations can often be characterized as:
An IT environment that is highly complex & costly - organizations were spending more and more money extending, enhancing, and maintaining existing IT systems and services
Ineffective business alignment - organizations were finding it more and more difficult to keep their increasingly expensive IT systems aligned with business needs and drive the level of innovation required to grow the business
Bottom line is spending effectiveness and providing agile technology services
Many organizations have attempted to build an Enterprise Architecture Team to address these issues. Most have failed to deliver what the business wants – an effective balance of spending control while adding flexibility and the ability to innovate & grow the business as needed
The pace of change and opportunities are increasing with no end in site
First to market is a growing mantra in many businesses today
An effective EA Program should play a leadership role in addressing these needs & wants. An effective Enterprise Architecture Program addresses these areas. Some of the benefits of an effective EA Program include:
Reduced cost to maintain existing systems by reducing the number of technologies in operation (lower the cost of maintenance and training) as well as increasing the utilization of IT assets
Reduced time to bring new capabilities to market by enabling the re-use of Business and IT services
Increased effectiveness of IT resources (capacity planning, solution teams) including increased efficiency of operation (design for change)
Increased effectiveness of Business resources by providing information and support for decision making (triggers points) and enabling impact analysis (reduce technology risk)
Reduce the all-to-often "firedrills" that divert focus from business imperatives
Other Business Benefits possible include:
Improve customer intimacy
Improve Corporate "agility"
Focus on business-relevant investments (high ROI)
Digital innovation support
New products, compressed Supply Chains, partnerships
Other IT organization benefits can include:
Increase speed (and lower cost) to deliver through reuse
Focus attention on high impact business needs
Become a strategic ally not a "controlled expense"
Become an "Innovation Partner"
There is no formula for building an effective Enterprise Architecture Program.
Areas Covered in the Session:
What is EA?
EA provides the bridge between business strategies and IT implementation
Enterprise Architecture is all about managing change
Enterprise Architecture is a Process and a Thing
Many enterprise-architectural methodologies have come and gone in the last 20 years. We will discuss some of the more popular ones.
EA programs must address the components:
Enterprise Business Architecture
Enterprise Information Architecture
Enterprise Application Portfolio
Enterprise Technical Architecture
Key characteristics of effective EA Programs
Strong IT and business sponsorship
Clear goals – practical, achievable, and measurable
EA is at the heart of the IT function
Strong EA Team leadership, communication, and facilitation skills
Results are measurable; EA will drive key Business and IT metrics
Lower cost, higher service levels, faster implementation times, etc.
Not all metrics or goals can be achieved simultaneously
Business Leaders have a "feeling of Trust" for the EA Team
EA must earn a "seat at the table" for strategic discussions and due diligence
Who Will Benefit:
Business Leaders that want more from their IT Organization
Greg Kohl is a Sr. Principle Consultant with Trexin Consulting. He has a strong technical background coupled with significant experience working closely with business leaders driving both application and infrastructure areas. Greg has demonstrated success in creating Enterprise Architecture Programs at Honeywell International and Kelly Services and providing advice to several Trexin clients.
Greg has strong IT management experience from his P&L leadership of both consulting organizations and internal IT strategic leadership positions. He has demonstrated experience bridging business and technology for clients around the globe and leading strategy and IT business planning projects. Greg has driven infrastructure consolidation efforts that resulted in significant cost savings. His IT background spans software development (Operating Systems through Applications), systems integration, Data Center rationalization, DR, Enterprise Architecture as well as the technologies of servers, networking, and the Internet.