Getting a Handle on Organizational Change and Change in Agile Projects

Getting a Handle on Organizational Change and Change in Agile Projects


Neil Potter

The Process Group

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About the Seminar

Do the people in your organization change because they are told to or need to? Do they resist? Any malicious compliance? Having fun yet?

In this session, techniques are described for deploying new practices across the organization, and then how to manage process, people and scope changes within an Agile project.

Without careful implementation, organizations that adopt Agile can get into chaos because of the following reasons:

  • Organizational change practices are not used
  • Moving to Agile is not well planned out, resulting in some successes, resistance and confusion
  • Good practices that were previously performed (e.g., release planning, risk management and system test) are no longer performed
  • Process changes identified in retrospectives are not acted upon
  • Requirement backlogs are sloppy, non-existent or poorly managed when requirements change
  • Downstream work products, such as code, test cases, design, and user manuals are not synchronized with incoming changes

These are examples of organizational, process, people and scope changes that need to be managed to allow teams to perform their best. When these issues are not addressed, either practices are not adopted, or time is wasted fixing larger problems later. This workshop addresses these issues.

Intended Audience:

  • Project Managers
  • Program Managers
  • Agile Practioners
  • Scrum Masters
  • Product Owners
  • PMP Candidates

Course Objectives:

  • Learn principals used for organizational change
  • Identify, plan and manage process and people changes in your group
  • Learn how to manage requirements changes
  • Develop a plan to manage all work products and deliverables
Event Location

Double Tree Hotel
1960 Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA, 22102

Agenda and Cost:

8:00 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM - Seminar Begins
4:30 PM - Seminar Ends

(Fee includes seminar, materials, breakfast, and lunch)
$450.00 - Member Registration
$499.00 - Nonmember Registration

Special Instructions

Cancellations will only result in a refund if made 48 hours or more to the start of the event.

PDUs Available: 
7.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 
Strategic and Business Management 3 PDU, Leadership 2 PDU, Technical 2 PDU

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.

Negotiation / Conflict

Tools and techniques for negotiations and conflict management / effects of personality traits, etc.


Managing diverse teams: effects of culture, generation, gender, etc., on management / communication needs

Team Building

Techniques for building trust, team identification, common purpose, etc.

Hard Skills


Navigating constraints introduced by a sponsor organization's structure, maturity, fiduciary landscape, etc.

Resource Problem Solving

"War stories" in successfully working through severe resource constraints


Specific tips and techniques in the use of PM tools (SW, other)

Industry / Sector

Construction / Infrastructure

Construction, Utilities or other public works, Transportation, or related industries


Federal, state, local or tribal government entities / Contractor for such entities


Information Technology, including organizations that utilize Agile development methodologies

About the Speakers

Neil Potter

The Process Group

Neil Potter is co-founder of The Process Group, a company formed in 1990 that consults on process improvement, CMMI, Scrum, software engineering and project management.

He has 28 years of experience in software and process engineering. Neil is a CMMI-Institute certified lead appraiser for SCAMPI appraisals, Intro to CMMI instructor (development and services), Six Sigma Greenbelt and Certified Scrum Master. He has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Essex (UK) and is the co-author of Making Process Improvement Work - A Concise Action Guide for Software Managers and Practitioners, Addison-Wesley (2002), and Making Process Improvement Work for Service Organizations, Addison-Wesley (2012). The Process Group consults to software, IT, systems and hardware organizations.

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