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The Agile Advantage: eXtreme Project Management and Agile Methods

September 21, 2007

Doug DeCarlo - eXtreme Project Management ™ applied: How to Lead and Succeed in the Face of Volatility
No sooner do you say the word "plan," when something else has changed. Instead of managing priorities, you often find yourself prioritizing crises. 

Traditional project management practices simply don’t cut in on today’s volatile, high-change, high-speed, high-stress ventures. To succeed on these extreme projects, today’s new breed project manager needs to adopt a quantum mindset, know how to apply a flexible project model, and at the same time, be able to unleash motivation and innovation.

Based on his work with over 250 project teams from around the world, Doug DeCarlo -- with the help of his African drum -- shared proven principles, practices, and tools that have been captured in his highly acclaimed book, eXtreme Project Management: Using Leadership, Principles and Tools to Deliver Value in the Face of Volatility.

Dr. Ahmed Sidky - The Agile Adoption Framework
Many organizations aspire to adopt agile processes to take advantage of the numerous benefits that they offer to an organization. As the demand for agile adoption grows, we keep asking what does it mean to be agile? When is an organization considered agile? Which practices should the organization adopt? Are there any guidelines to help with agile adoption efforts?

The Agile Adoption Framework is a structured, yet flexible process framework that helps guide and assist agile coaches and organizations in their agile adoption efforts. The framework consists of two components: (1) an agile measurement index, to identify the agile potential of projects and organizations, and (2) a four-stage process to determine which set of agile practices the organization can adopt for each project. This talk included an exciting hands-on simulation of an agile adoption engagement.


Doug DeCarlo, Author
Dr. Ahmed Sidky, Senior Agile Consultant, Tangible Software