June 2018 Monthly Chapter Meeting

With the advent and widespread adoption of project standards and models (e.g. CMMI, PMBOK, EVM) over the last decade or two, software project management has matured significantly. However, an overzealous application of these standards has often resulted in not-so-great products wrapped in great projects. To build great products and enhance our project management maturity, a new model is needed where the project management is based on product development principles. Agile and lean practices, which are based on these product development principles, provide the means to build great products wrapped in an effective project management framework.

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About the Speaker

Chris Girolamo, PMP

Vice President, Software and Systems Engineering Group

Chris Girolamo is Vice President of the Software and Systems Engineering Group at STG. He is responsible for a portfolio of software development and engineering solution programs for STG’s government customers including the Department of State and USDA. This includes the ongoing development of the US Passport and the CLASS (namecheck) systems. He leads an Agile organizational transformation and is responsible for STG’s Software Engineering Center.

During his 30 year career, his focus has been on software engineering in numerous senior program, project management and organizational change roles. He has led variety of software lifecycle modernizations including the executive sponsor of a successful CMMI ML3 appraisal. He is a Certified Scrum Master; PMP certified; a Certified Scaled Agile Framework Agilist (SA) and holds a Masters of Information Technology from George Washington University.

His industry presentations include:
• Agile: It’s the Product, Not the Project - PMI WDC 2012 Project Management Symposium; October 2012; PMI WDC 2014 Project Management Symposium July 2014 – PMI WDC;
• Agile DNA: Why Agile Works - PMI Luncheon Series; March 2012, August 2012; November 2012; October, 2013
• Using Agile to Harmonize Project Management and Product Development - CSC 2011 Global Technical and Business Solution Conference; July 2011
• Agile Adoption: Patterns and Anti-Patterns in the Public Sector - Agile Comes to You Conference; June 2011

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