Thoughts on Agile, Hybrid projects and Risk Management

Thoughts on Agile, Hybrid projects and Risk Management


Mark Tolbert, PMP, PMI-ACP

Senior Instructor
Best Practices Training, LLC

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About the Presentation

The Agile Manifesto was originally published over thirteen years ago, in February of 2001. Over the last 13+ years, the interest level in APM (Agile Project Management) and the specific methodologies included within the “Agile umbrella” - such as Scrum, Extreme programming, Lean, Crystal, DSDM and Feature Driven Development - has steadily increased. Agile is certainly not a passing fad. More and more people are departing from running their projects using the traditional methods, and are using Agile methodologies instead.

The presentation will cover a number of reasons why companies today need to be up-to-date with Agile methodologies, and have this as a core strength. But no one process or methodology fits all situations: Agile is not a panacea for all projects. We will discuss what types of projects are best suited for a more traditional project management approach.

However, most projects today really require a “hybrid” approach, and many “Agile projects” do evolve into “hybrid projects,” and the key people involved in project management – (the scrum master and product owner) – will also need to be well versed in Agile, as well as traditional project management methods. Also, for Agile methodologies to really work, senior management will also have to understand and buy into this approach.

Risk management is also always a key part of successful project management. The presentation will also explore how Agile methodologies provide different approaches for protecting the project from uncertainty than do the traditional methods.

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About the Speaker

Mark Tolbert, PMP, PMI-ACP

Best Practices Training, LLC
Senior Instructor

Mark Tolbert is a certified PMP, and also a PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner). Mark brings more than 25 years of practical project and program management expertise to the classroom and is methodical about transferring his knowledge and best practices for studying for the PMP Certification Exam each and every time he teaches a class. Mark is very passionate about project management and believes adopting the best project management practices and skills is crucial to the success of enterprises today.

Since November 2003, Mark has taught courses in PMP Certification Prep, project management, and Agile project management to clients around the globe including the Project Management Institute Washington, DC Chapter (PMIWDC), the U.S Bureau of the Census, BRMI, Henkel Corporation, Vista Technologies, Human Solutions Corporation, Providge Consulting and open enrollment programs across the United States. The majority of his PMP Prep students have a first-time success rate for PMP students in his classes has consistently exceeded 95%.

Prior to teaching, Mark spent 27 years at Hewlett-Packard where he successfully managed support programs and project teams including a large E-Selling program, a multi-vendor support program for a large telecommunications company, data center relocation projects, and Mobile Device Management programs.

Mark has been an active PMIWDC Chapter member and volunteer for the past 21 years serving on a number of board positions including most recently (from 2009 through 2012) serving on the board as the Trustee for the chapter. He has also taught PMP Prep classes for the chapter membership for the past fifteen years.

Mark is a long-time resident of Northern Virginia and currently lives in Annandale with his wife Linda. They have three boys who are all working in information technology careers today.

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