San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
6:30 to 7:00 PM - Networking and Pizza
7:00 to 7:15 PM - Introduction Slides
7:15 to 8:15 PM - Agile by Stealth (Presented by Jim Damato)
SDLC Inertia is the biggest inhibitor to Agile adoption. Why? Organizational change is hard.
Many institutions are reluctant to rip out existing processes due to tangled process tentacles and team interdependencies that are far reaching. Plus, not everyone is convinced that change is actually needed. It often takes subtlety and wisdom to recognize how much Agile to introduce, how much visibility it merits, and which particular practices will garner the most benefit in a given area.
So how do we maximize the benefits that Agile offers with minimal or smaller, incremental changes to existing processes? Focus on Agile best practices, enlighten slow-adopters why those methods exist, and prove their value in a non-Agile environment. The key is not to emphasize the techniques but focus on desired results instead.
Continuous improvement is the fuel that the keeps agile initiative engine running and helps it survive and grow. Sometimes, you implement Agile by stealth because the easiest way to adopt Agile... is by not mentioning “Agile” at all.
About the Speaker:
Jim Damato is a senior technology manager with nearly 20 years of responsibility and accountability for taking enterprise SDLC and Cloud initiatives from vision and strategy thru rollout and support.
He has been successful in environments like publicly traded companies, quick-growing startups, and federal agencies, starting as a software engineer in Silicon Valley in the hey day of the Internet. After the tech economy crash he landed in Washington DC leading large, technology-focused project teams as a government contractor.
He was first exposed to early Agile techniques while in Silicon Valley. After moving east, he learned about a process called Waterfall and thought, “Why would you do it like that?” He never forgot his Agile roots and now helps companies implement their Agile strategies as a Technical Account Manager for Rally Software where he is a product specialist and Agile expert.
Jim is PMP, ITIL, CSM, PMI-ACP, CSP and SAFe Agilist certified. He lives in Washington DC with his wife (who knows more about Agile than any real estate agent should), dog and dreams of children someday soon.
When & Where
ALN DC Chapter
Agile Leadership Network (ALN) Washington DC Area Chapter