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Project Management


MC Agile Program Management: Networks, Not Hierarchies NEW
Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.
Mon, 11/11/2013 - 8:30am

When you think of program management, do you think of big lumbering organizational beasts that add little value, and people demanding “When will you be done?” or “Can we add this feature before the desired release date?” Agile program management encourages small-world networks of collaborative teams that can solve problems and deliver features fast. That requires the entire program be agile and lean—using small batch sizes, integrating continuously, having short iterations, and tracking cycle time so you can coordinate across the organization.

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MD Dealing with Estimation, Uncertainty, Risk, and Commitment
Todd Little, Landmark Graphics Corporation
Mon, 11/11/2013 - 8:30am

Software projects are known to have challenges with estimation, uncertainty, risk, and commitment—and the most valuable projects often carry the most risk. Other industries also encounter risk and generate value by understanding and managing that risk effectively. Todd Little explores techniques used in a number of risky businesses—product development, oil and gas exploration, investment banking, medicine, weather forecasting, and gambling—and shares what those industries have done to manage uncertainty.

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TA Deliver Projects On Time, Every Time
Ken Whitaker, Leading Software Maniacs
Tue, 11/12/2013 - 8:30am

Ken Whitaker shares pragmatic techniques to help project managers and software development leaders put into practice innovative scheduling techniques, make consistent customer-centric decisions, reduce project risk, quickly negotiate with product owners the most important project scope, and transition teams to become more agile. Ken shares revealing statistical data on how waterfall is simply not suited for modern-day adaptive software development projects. With fellow participants, you’ll spend time performing a “Scrum walkabout” to get the idea of just how an agile project really works.

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TN Twelve Risks to Enterprise Software Projects—And What to Do about Them
Payson Hall, Catalysis Group, Inc.
Tue, 11/12/2013 - 1:00pm

Every large software project is unique—each with its own complex array of challenges. When projects get into trouble, however, they often exhibit similar patterns, and succumb to risks that could have been anticipated and prevented—or detected sooner and managed better. Common responses to the problems—blaming, deferring action, or outright denial—only make things worse.

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Concurrent Sessions

AT12 Demystifying the Role of Product Owner
Bob Galen, Velocity Partners
Thu, 11/14/2013 - 3:45pm

Have you ever wondered what makes a good Product Owner? It’s a broad and deep role that is often filled with a hodgepodge of differently skilled individuals. Many organizations struggle to understand its importance as they scale their agile transformations. What about exceptional Product Ownership? What does that entail? In this highly collaborative session, Bob Galen explores the Four Quadrants of Effective Product Ownership—Product Management, Project Management, Leadership, and Business Analysis. Each of these critical aspects of the Product Owner role supports the agile team.

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