Monday, March 18, 2013

Thank you Troy Magennis

On behalf of NY SPIN, I am writing to thank Troy Magennis for filling in at the last minute in place of our scheduled speaker this past Tuesday, March 11, 2013. I discovered late Monday afternoon that Troy had written to me to let me know he was flying in from Seattle to replace our scheduled speaker who apparently wasn't coming. In addition to filling in to give someone else's presentation, albeit with his own added insights, such as modeling and forecasting using Monte Carlo techniques, Troy had also just had eye surgery days before. Yet, without knowing me or anyone at NY SPIN, he was making this trip to New York just to present to NY SPIN. He went back to Seattle the next day.

So I wanted to publicly thank Troy for doing this and for making a great presentation in spite of all the obstacles.

It is ironic that the topic was Agile Risk Management, since we didn't know we were at risk of not having a speaker until we heard from his substitute.

So thank you, Troy. We really appreciate what you did.

Richard Kuper
President & CEO

Monday, March 11, 2013

Last Chance: NY SPIN March 12: Agile Risk Management: The Nature of Decision Making on Agile Projects (Dennis Stevens)

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NY SPIN is pleased to welcome Dennis Stevens. His topic: Agile Risk Management: The Nature of Decision Making on Agile Projects

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Date: (Tuesday) March 12, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Agile Risk Management: The Nature of Decision Making on Agile Projects
Presenter(s): Dennis Stevens

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Agile Risk Management:
The Nature of Decision Making on Agile Projects

Organizations are really bad at Risk Management. The typical approaches to risk management are flawed - resulting in bureaucratic overhead and not much improvement in the performance of software development projects. 
Agile efforts have rejected bureaucratic and non-value adding efforts and in the process have rejected most of what is practiced as risk management. This is unfortunate - because the nature of agile development fundamentally changes how to benefit from effective risk management. Risk management is about managing uncertainty to reduce the probability and impact of unfortunate events and to maximize the realization of opportunities.

This workshop builds on concepts from SEI's MOSAIC project and Eric Reis' Lean Start-up, and presents a practical and proven systemic approach to integrating threat, opportunity identification, and response into the management of Agile projects. Useful for typical delivery teams, this approach is particularly valuable in large projects and large organizations.

Biography: Dennis Stevens
Dennis Stevens is passionate about solving the problems around agile in large, complex enterprises. He provides training, coaching and organizational transformation to address the challenges around delivery teams, leadership, project management, product management, and business analysis that arise when introducing agile safely into an organization.

Dennis has served as the Global Lead for PMI’s Agile Community of Practice and was Vice Chair for the PMI/IEEE sponsored Software Extension to the PMBOK. He was on the eight-person Steering Committee that defined PMI’s Agile Certified Practitioner, and he served as Deputy Project Manager for PMI’s OPM3. Dennis was a significant contributor to IIBA’s Agile Extension to the BABOK and Microsoft’s business architecture offering. He has been published in Harvard Business Review and by the Cutter Consortium. Next year he will publish a book on large scale agile transformations.

Dennis attended FSU on a violin scholarship, served in the USMC, helped coach the 2008 12U Girl's AAU National Champions, and has a degree in Organizational Psychology and Development.

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