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Ken Whitaker

Leading Software Maniacs

Ken Whitaker of Leading Software Maniacs® has more than twenty-five years of software development executive leadership and training experience in a various roles and industries. He has led commercial software teams at Software Publishing (remember Harvard Graphics?), Data General, embedded systems software companies, and enterprise software suppliers. Ken is an active PMI® registered education provider, Project Management Professional (PMP)® certified, and a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM). Ken is author of Managing Software Maniacs, Principles of Software Development Leadership, and I’m Not God, I’m Just a Project Manager; editor of Better Software magazine; and creator of PM University™ ( and PM Chalkboard® (

Speaker Presentations
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 8:30am
Half-day Tutorials
Agile Boot Camp for Project Managers

In today’s world, multiple project management approaches abound― traditional waterfall, agile using Scrum, and the methodology of the PMBOK® Guide, to name a few. Cutting through the confusion, Ken Whitaker discusses key topics including avoiding the six deadly project statistics, applying the Decision Pyramid to project decision making, casting off traditional project management techniques to become truly agile, how agile really works and how agile can fail, collaborating with product management to prioritize what’s really important for the customer, and applying three innovative techniques to improve your team’s delivery effectiveness with better focus to achieve project flow. Learn which PMBOK® Guide processes can be used to benefit running your agile projects. Join Ken to discuss case studies and example projects so that you can put what you learn into immediate action.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12:45pm
Projects & Teams
Seven Deadly Habits of Highly Ineffective Software Managers

As if releasing a quality software project on time were not difficult enough, poor management of planning, people, and process issues can be deadly to a project. Presenting a series of anti-pattern case studies, Ken Whitaker describes the most common deadly habits—along with ways to avoid them. These seven killer habits include mishandling employee incentives; making key decisions by consensus; ignoring proven processes; delegating absolute control to a project manager; taking too long to negotiate a project’s scope; releasing an “almost tested” product to market; and hiring someone who is not quite qualified—but liked by everyone. Whether you are an experienced manager struggling with some of these issues or a new software manager, take away invaluable tips and techniques for correcting these habits—or better yet, for avoiding them altogether. As a bonus, every delegate receives a copy of Ken’s full-color Seven Deadly Habits comic.