A Clear Guide to Business Agility and DevOps: Developing and Sustaining Your Advantage

A Clear Guide to Business Agility and DevOps: Developing and Sustaining Your Advantage

featuring

John Johnson, PMP, CSM, SPC

Adjunct Professor
University of Maryland, College Park - Project Management Center for Excellence

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Register TODAY! Registration is complimentary. Pre-registration is required to receive call-in information. This will be sent the day before the event and one hour prior to the start time. 

How do we explain the success of Agile and Lean/DevOps together? Agile embraces process variance, while lean attempts to limit that variance. Agile emphasizes cross-functional teams, but DevOps emphasizes high-performing functional teams. The similarities in emphasizing learning and process improvement are clear between Lean and Agile, but anyone who knows the approaches well sees the contrast in the organization's strategy and values. One loves uncertainty and the other aims to reduce it through excellence.

This presentation will explain an integrated theory, not just best practices, on why and how to implement Agile or Lean teams. It will combine the works of Clayton Christensen that made the Innovator's Dilemma so potent and the teachings of Donald Reinertsen that mathematically model Lean (and Agile) Product Development. It will help you understand why uncertainty and volatility can be wonderful, but also when it can hurt your goals. These theories will be brought together to explain the best practices of Lean and Agile and how they connect to modern theories of Anti-Fragility and DevOps, as well as the original theories of Theory of Constraints (TOC), Toyota Production Systems (TPS), and, of course, Total Quality Management (TQM).

Learn how to organize yourself for success to develop and sustain your advantage based on proven theories, beyond best practice!

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Agenda and Cost:

Registration is complimentary. Pre-registration is required to receive call-in information. This will be sent the day before the event and one hour prior to the start time. 

Agenda
6:15 PM - PM Industry Insights 
7:30 PM - Dinner Speaker

 

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 
Technical

About the Speakers

John Johnson, PMP, CSM, SPC

University of Maryland, College Park - Project Management Center for Excellence
Adjunct Professor

Mr. Johnson teaches graduate courses on Agile and Predictive management at the University of Maryland’s Project Management Program. His recent Agile Project Management series on EdX (in-production) was highlighted as the #1 Professional Certificate for massive online open courses (MOOCs) globally by the premier MOOC reviewer Class-Central.com.
He also serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Softek Enterprises LLC. Established in 2007, Softek specializes in evolving business systems using Agile, DevOps, and Cloud technologies to deliver working solutions faster for the government’s most critical IT challenges. Mr. Johnson works closely with senior Agency influencers to explore and develop solutions, more than doubling Softek revenue annually while leading multiple deliveries for clients and partners. He has 10 years of project management, systems engineering, and advanced analytics experience.

Prior to joining Softek, Mr. Johnson co-founded Second Nature Software LLC, a data science products company focused on Life Science Research. He helped design and promote their product “Rocketfish,” a data management tool that simplifies preparing data for analysis while automating data tracking and organization. Rocketfish is currently in an organization-wide trial at NCI and NIAID, as well as major universities in the DC Metro Area.

Previously, Mr. Johnson was a Senior Agile Project Manager with IBM, where he led multiple development teams building applications for the National Archives Records Administration (NARA). These applications were built on Amazon’s Gov Cloud (AWS) with cutting-edge cloud technologies to process, store, and search the hundreds of petabytes of government records expected at NARA by 2020. This project won “Project of the Year” across all of IBM globally for its success in project management innovation.

He also worked as a Management Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led projects for the Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy from optimizing site investments and posture for Reserve forces, to developing award-winning project analysis and portfolio management software to optimize billions in shore energy investments. Mr. Johnson holds a Masters in Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.

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The presentations are educational and informative to those professionals operating in the field of project management and functioning in leadership roles in industry and government. It is also of great value to those looking to step into the field of Project Management and begin their certification process. Each event will present specific learning points focusing on building a talent triangle of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management skills, unique to the presenter's area of expertise and the subject matter discussed while directly relating to improving the practice of managing projects and leading others. At each Monthly Chapter Event certified PMPs can earn 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU).

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