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CNG “Out of the Box Thinking” Series – Project Management

  • 11 May 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Association Forum 10 South Riverside Plaza Suite 800 Chicago, Illinois 60606; 312-924-7000

CNG “Out of the Box Thinking” Series – Project Management

The Need for Speed – Designing Agile Processes
and Using Rapid – Prototyping

CNG CHI Meeting
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
Association Forum
Chicago, IL
9:00 am – noon

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Ever been on a project death march? The project that takes a life of its own? Over time, over budget with project requirements seemingly changing daily while you hope for miracle to get it completed? You must have thought, “There must be a better way?” Well, an Agile Project Management approach can be that better way.

Agile Project Management is a rapid development process based on highly collaborative environments using stakeholders’ business value to prioritize and drive the project to completion. Unlike other project methods, Agile places high value on short iterations, which allows for the completion of smaller tasks, always building towards project completion. Retrospectives are conducted at the end of each iteration addressing requirement changes, the functioning of the team as a team and discussion as to what is working and what activities may need to be “fine-tuned.” 

SME Facilitator: 
Michael Marchi, CSM, CSPO, Agile Coach and Trainer

Michael works with AIM Consulting, where he leverages nearly three decades of experience developing software and leading complex technology projects. He is proficient in agile and scrum methodologies, all aspects of the SDLC, and program and project management. A former director of engineering, he has championed agile adoptions, defined agile process implementations, and supervised multiple development teams using agile methodologies. Michael is a co-founder and driving force behind the Agile Professional Learning Network (http://www.aplnchicago.org), a meetup group serving the Chicago agile community since 2008.  


Practitioners of the Agile Process will include:

Heather Fortier – American Osteopathic Associations (Certification)
Tricia Sutton – Sutton Enterprises (NFP)
Doug Wilson Breakthrough Technologies (Software development)

By attending this session you will:

  • Develop a working knowledge of the Agile/Scrum Project Management Process
    • Software development background
    • Underlying principles
    • Terms
    • Project scheduling
  • Understand time and budget benefits
    • Short iterations
    • Deliverables after each iteration
    • Complete project transparency – stakeholder/management
    • Project iterations based on business value and revenue
    • Increased project truck numbers
  • Be able to address ever changing project requirements
  • Demonstrate how having project stakeholders’ involvement forces the understanding of project requirements
  • Show how improved project communication can reduce “information silo.”
  • Understand potential areas for Agile/Scrum application for certification projects:
    • Item development

    • Test forum creation

    • New certification creation

    • Job task analysis / roles and responsibilities task

    • SME projects


Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon (CST)
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Place:Association Forum
10 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 800
Chicago, Illinois 60606





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