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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Agile Readiness

Agile Adoption in Risk-Averse Environments Prior Year Content

Adopting agile development methods in a conservative environment can be a daunting and time-consuming venture, facing resistance at all levels of the organization. You may wonder: Will this organization ever get with the times? Will our leaders ever change their way of thinking? Brian Duncan shares personal experiences and lessons learned in bringing an agile development mindset to two distinct organizations—a bottom-line product-driven software development organization, and the conservative, risk-averse Space Department at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Sharing the Good (what worked well), the Bad (what set us back), and the Ugly (what we had to abandon), Brian shows how to bring a slow-to-change organization into the forward-thinking agile methods of today. He presents practical approaches (adoption committees, grassroots techniques) and creative endeavors (free classes, an innovation lab) along with their impact on the organization. With persistence and a multifaceted approach, even risk-averse organizations can adopt agile.

1.00 PMI® PDU
Brian Duncan
Brian Duncan, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Passionate about software development, Brian Duncan has led highly efficient software teams in the commercial and government sectors for more than twenty years. Having introduced agile software methods in two very different cultural organizations, Brian understands the steps necessary for technical training, social engineering, and project adoption at all levels of the company hierarchy. A strong leader, coach, and technical manager, Brian knows how to help people reach their maximum potential in small agile teams. Currently working agile adoption at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Brian works with multidisciplinary teams developing space projects for NASA and DoD sponsors. Contact him at [email protected].

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