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March 2020 PMI-4c Monthly Meeting (Remote Telepresence Only)

March 2020 PMI-4c Monthly Meeting (Remote Telepresence Only)

Join us on Thursday, March 26th for a Monthly Meeting Via Telepresence

In Accordance With CDC Recommendations, This Month's Meeting Will Be Hosted Using Remote Telepresence

In order to provide the best support to the chapter, while working to ensure the health and well-being of our of our members, the board has decided to heed the CDC's recommendations on social distancing and curtailing events of 50 or more people. To achieve this goal, we will host the March meeting via telepresence and there will be no gatherings hosted at the Sheraton this month. The day prior to the March meeting, each registrant will receive a unique link allowing them to connect remotely to the speaker's live video webcast. Participants will be able to ask questions and interact with the speaker, but only through the telepresence application. Anyone who has already registered and paid for dinner, will receive an e-mail detailing the refund process for their dinner surcharge.

Topic: How to Achieve Agility while Maximizing Value with High Reliability in Project Management

Speaker: Allen Ward, SPC5.0

Agile and Scrum works best with small teams that work to deliver software which is prioritized by the team backlog. It is then built in iterative models with sprints by having the highest priority items implemented first. But when it comes to managing large organizations, Scaled Agile Framework is adopted.Certain behaviors and practices of the waterfall model can be transformed to become Lean and Agile.

They are as follows:

  • Centralized control was replaced with decentralized decision making.
  • Enhancing the Role of Project and Program Managers.
  • Detailed project plans became lightweight epic-based business cases.
  • Introducing automation & deployment in the enterprises.
  • A defined work breakdown structure was replaced with agile planning.
  • A defined financial structure.
  • Increasing the role and coordination of external stakeholders & dependencies.
  • Commitment to the team and constant rotation of team members.
  • Replacing resistant mindset with an adaptable approach to embrace change.

In the recent past, Scaled Agile Framework has been adopted by organizations of domain ranging from finance, logistics, insurance and government. Abbreviated as SAFe, the Scaled Agile Framework provides a framework to apply Lean and Agile practices at an enterprise level. But why use SAFe? Why are enterprises applying SAFe? This article describes the 15 reasons why SAFe is essential for Agile Teams and why it should be incorporated to help achieve your business goals.

  • • It encourages quick adaptability to changes in technology and economic conditions.
  • It promotes collaboration and transparency between the development and the top management. This is done by creating a connection, leading to an active interaction between the development team and the team consisting of the Vice President and the C-Level individuals.
  • It ensures in attaining business value in the shortest sustainable time.
  • Ensures consistent approach towards planning, execution and delivery.
  • Regardless of the size of the enterprise, SAFe allows scalability and configurability that suits your business needs.
  • Cross-Functional Agile Teams deliver working software after every two weeks.
  • Agile Release Train (ART) brings together multiple agile teams on a consistent routine for every 8-12 weeks known as a Program Increment (PI).
  • The cornerstone of SAFe that is Program Increment (PI) Planning cadence-based session where agile teams band together to define the goals they wish to achieve in a fixed time period. This results in having face to face, collaborative, interactive and innovative sessions that build team spirit and synergy.
  • Promotes the sharing of strategy, common, vision and architecture amongst development and the managerial teams.
  • At the end of every release train, there is an inspection of the product from the customers.
  • Constant feedback from customers helps maintain a successful business relationship leaving room for improvement throughout the entire process.
  • Continuous integration and validation amongst teams help in reducing risks.
  • Provides significant improvement in business productivity, quality, employee engagement and time to market.
  • Usage of Scrum-of-Scrum in the Agile Release Team keeps the team in synchronization with each other.
  • Promotes innovation.

About Allen Ward, SPC5.0

Headshot Inozu 2020Allen Ward is a SAFe Certified Agile Transformation Coach. He was trained as a Scrum Master by the inventor, Jeff Sutherland. He was trained on Agile Coaching practices by Lyssa Adkins, author of the book Coaching Agile Teams and he was trained on SAFe by the inventor Dean Leffingwell. Through his company, Alladys Consulting LLC he is currently on an engagement with Farmers Insurance in Woodland Hills, supporting the Enterprise Digital Marketing Organization. In this capacity he has taught over 500 students SAFe Certified Courses including Leading SAFe, SAFe for Teams, Scrum Master, Advanced Scrum Master, Product Owner/Product Manager, and DevOps Practioner, and Release Train Engineer. In addition to teaching Allen coaches teams and programs and holds enterprise level workshops such as Value Stream Mapping, Lean Business Case, Lean Portfolio, Agile Budgeting, etc. Allen also teaches non SAFe Agile short courses such as the Agile Mindset, Story Writing, and Intro to Scrum. He teaches all of these courses publicly as well as privately. Allen lives in Newport Beach and enjoys boating in the harbor.





Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Telepresence (One day prior to the meeting, a connection link will be e-mailed to each registrant via the e-mail address provided to PMI.)

6:45 pm - 7:00 pm     Telepresence Session Open / Audio Check
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm     Speaker Presentation
7:45 pm - 8:00 pm     Break
8:00 pm - 8:45 pm     Speaker Presentation
8:45 pm - 9:00 pm     Questions / Closing Remarks

This meeting provides attendees with 2 PDUs.

Event Properties

Event Date 03-26-2020
Event End Date 03-26-2020
Registration Start Date 12-01-2019
Cut off date 03-26-2020
Individual Price Price Varies - Log in for Member Price
Location Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel
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