PMI WLEC: Agile opportunities, challenges and pitfalls

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Presenter: Debbie Matthews is a successful project manager with experience working for Fortune 500 companies, the United States Air Force, Department of Defense and small consulting firms. Debbie served for seven years on the board of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Western Lake Erie Chapter (WLEC) in the roles of VP of Finance, President Elect, President and Past President. She became Project Management Professional (PMP) certified in 2005, and Ford Agile Practitioner certified in 2014. Her project experience includes the IT portion of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, IT infrastructure, application development, shop floor automation, real estate renovation, space surveillance and most recently mobile app development.

Topic: In 2015, Debbie had the opportunity to work with an Agile Coach to slow walk a project from the traditional waterfall process (Requirements, Design, Development, Test and Deploy on a large scale over a long time) to an Agile process (short sprints or iterations and frequent releases of small pieces of scope). Earlier this year, she had the opportunity to be tasked with building an extreme Agile project team within the digital Marketing space at Ford Motor Company. In October 2016, Debbie was sought out to combine her experience from those two activities to take a large in-flight global mobile app program and transition it to Agile without slowing the team down. This has been a fast paced, exciting effort that is still a work in progress. Debbie will share a high level description of her three experiences, discussing areas such as the process, management, the team, external partners and tools. After sharing her opportunities, challenges and pitfalls, she will encourage an open dialogue to allow others to share experiences and challenges. This will be a casual, fun and interactive evening.


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