Driving Speed with Agile Principles


May 15, 2019
12:00 PM CDT - 1:00 PM CDT
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"Driving Speed with Agile Principles"

Speed is by far the most sought-after benefit today in Agile project management, according to VerizonOne’s State of Agile in 2018. The only constant is change, and the only way to combat change is to release and realize benefits quickly while objectives and their specifications fit business needs. According to PMI’s Pulse of the Profession, 71% of organizations are adopting Agile for just this reason and many are focused on Benefits Realization. One primary driver is the cost of delaying a project, which is often so great that companies should be willing to pay up to three times (3x) the market labor rate for two times (2x) the speed. In a market where “software is eating up the world” and we can sequence a human genome for less than $1,000, companies are shying away from investments that take longer than 12 to 18 months to deliver. The Solution? Agile management. Beyond the benefits of limiting scope and releasing incrementally and iteratively, there is a hidden advantage in reducing scope: the pareto principle. Most of your scope is superfluous in a project, eighty percent of the scope can be cut and will only reduce the value by twenty percent. The remaining twenty percent of valuable scope has a four-to-one (4:1) greater ROI than the original project, and a sixteen-to-one (16:1) advantage over the scope NOT done. We can take this relationship even farther in some cases and reduce scope to just four percent of the original project and still realize over half (64%) of the value by applying the iterative pareto principle. Projects can deliver twenty-five times (25x) faster with a ROI that’s sixteen times (16x) greater by relentless targeting scope. This isn’t just theory. Apple, Google, and even most small businesses experience this reality with their portfolios dominated by one product, one service, or one customer at the rate of 64% to 70%. It’s the reality of the “tyranny of the few” that drives us to focus on the true value we offer and how to unleash that value by finding our “one thing.”

This presentation will include excerpts from the EdX course series “Agile Project Management” and rely on its primary references of “The One Thing…” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, “Critical Chain” by Eliyahu Goldratt, and “F.I.R.E. …” by Dan Ward.

About the Speaker

John 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 inshore 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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