Involving the Business in Agile Projects

Joint event with Kent Branch

Tuesday 3 April 2012, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Room SW101 School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ



During this workshop Arie and Julia will enable the group to explore one of the key factors for success for agile projects: the involvement of the most appropriate business representatives. Group members will discover the key issues involved and tips and pointers towards success in this area. Consistent with agile and the workshop theme expect to be involved in the session and learn lessons from each other as well as the facilitators. We look forward to a lively and fun evening.

Speaker Profiles:

Julia Godwin

Julia GodwinFollowing her early career as a Cobol programmer, working through analysis into project management, Julia combined that experience with a passion for interpersonal dynamics and moved into consultancy, training and facilitation. She has helped across the world with a variety of both large and small organisations, predominantly in the finance, retail, travel and IT sectors in the areas of project management, business analysis, risk management, facilitation and the introduction of agile practices.

After involvement with RAD (Rapid Application Development) during the early 90s, she has been involved with DSDM since its evolution in 1994. Julia was instrumental in establishing its core accreditations and played a key role in establishing the original Training and Accreditation group. She was a board director (1997 - 2001) and is a current director of DSDM. She is a certified DSDM Practitioner, Trainer & Examiner. Julia is also a Certified Scrummaster, facilitator, PRINCE2 Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner and Myers-Briggs assessor. She was also instrumental in establishing the Facilitator Accreditation Services where she was one of the first examiners. Facilitation, one of the core techniques of DSDM, remains a strong focus for Julia, along with general agile, project management and risk management.

Julia retains a passion to see the agile best practice within DSDM used internationally, and supports those practising DSDM wherever they are. The use of agile at enterprise level is also a key element of her vision.

Arie van Bennekum

Arie van BennekumArie started his career in January 1987 as a programmer. In 1994 he entered the world of project management based on the RAD-methodology. Within this method he specialized in project management and facilitation.

In 1997 he switched from RAD to DSDM as the basis for his approach. Since then he has been the change and project manager on numerous projects, facilitator in hundreds of sessions and coach for project managers and teams. Arie was on the board of DSDM-Benelux for 3 years and a DSDM-assessor since 1997. Because of his level of knowledge and expertise he represented DSDM at the original signing of the Agile Manifesto and the formation of the Agile Alliance in 2001 in Snowbird, Utah.

Arie has also been a CPF (Certified Professional Facilitator) assessor since 1998 within the International Association for Facilitators (IAF), assessing all over the world (Canada, USA, Scandinavia, Slovenia, UK, Germany, etc.). Arie’s facilitation specialism is working with teams on their performance: handling issues of efficiency, effectiveness and also racism, cultural differences and managing today’s workload. 

Arie continues to present at many conferences on both DSDM/Atern and facilitation. In addition to consulting in ICT with PMtD, Arie has taught and coached Prince-2, DSDM, Facilitation, team performance and communication skills at Rotterdam University for Professional Education since 1993.

Event sponsored by DSDM Consortium