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MEETING VENUE: MICROSOFT offices in WALTHAM. REGISTER NOW for this meeting

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Sept 23, 630PM to 830PM

JOHANNA ROTHMAN on: AGILE PORTFOLIO PLANNING

NOTE: This meeting features live music from DAN HERMES

Seating is limited. You must RSVP !!

Johanna Rothman of Rothman Consulting Group works with companies to improve how they manage their product development--to maximize management and technical staff productivity and to improve product quality. Johanna is a prolific author on project management topics.

Johanna is a leader in the Agile community. She is most recently the Chair of the Agile2009 conference (http://www.agile2009.com/). In her role as Chair of Agile2009, she is responsible for collaboratively leading a mostly-volunteer workforce, consisting of hundreds of people, to produce what is arguably the most important Agile conference in the world. Agile2009 drew 1350 attendees in 2009.

NOTE: Agile2009 was held the last week in August in Chicago IL. Next year's conference is planned for August in Nashville, TN.

Johanna is the author of Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase your Capacity and Finish More Projects

 

INTERVIEW:

What exactly is Agile Project Portfolio Planning? Read this interview with Johanna and find out !

Summary: This is a great topic from an authoritative speaker on a topic of interest to executives, IT directors and line management. ANYONE with a project portfolio needs to attend this session to learn how to apply agile techniques to the critical portfolio planning task.

PRESENTATION

Transparent Decisions: Managing the Project Portfolio

Even if you’ve been doing the technical part of agile for a while, you might not have realized all the benefits that agile can provide. That’s because when agile starts with projects, managers don’t always realize they need to adopt agile or lean approaches for project portfolio management.

When you think of project portfolio management, do you think of dog-and-pony shows? Or, when you explain, “We don’t have enough people to staff this project” all you hear is “Multitask.” Do you see value-less pet projects that you would like to eliminate?

Project portfolio management can help, especially if you use agile and lean approaches to managing the project portfolio.

In this presentation, Johanna will show you how an agile and lean approach to the project portfolio can help both technical staff and management see what’s going on, how to apply agile and lean to the project portfolio, and how to collaborate to make great portfolio decisions.

Topics include:

o How to provide transparency for what everyone is doing

o How to apply agile and lean approaches to the project portfolio

o Key principles of collaboration for applying to the project portfolio

o DISCUSSION on Johanna's key points and concepts presented

 

MEETING AGENDA:

6:30 PM: AGILE ORIENTATION: Scrum as described by Dan Mezick of New Technology Solutions

7:00 PM: Food and networking time. WITH LIVE MUSIC, from: Dan Hermes

7:15 PM: MAIN EVENT: JOHANNA ROTHMAN: AGILE PROJECT PORTFOLIO PLANNING

8:25 PM: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION OF MEETING

 

MEETING VENUE: MICROSOFT WALTHAM. REGISTER HERE for this meeting

 

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