Agile Project Management and Project Assurance

Tuesday 12 June 2012

6.00pm - 8.30pm (refreshments available 30 minutes before)

BCS London, Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Sue Clarke and Carol Long

This event will have two speakers with complementary/contrasting viewpoints followed by a panel discussion.

Agile development: a project manager's perspective - Sue Clarke

Sue started out managing IT development projects using the traditional waterfall approach but wants to share her experiences of using an Agile way of working and what she had to adapt to make it work. The presentation will introduce agile XP as a lifecyle and development method, its must-haves and advantages and lessons learnt from its application.

Project management has to be faster, iterative and more flexible without sacrificing visibility or basic controls. This needs strong team building in the development teams and the softer skills, particularly communications.

Project success and failure: what's governance got to do with it? - Carol Long

Carol has a software background has been using Agile approaches for software and other types of project with success for a decade or more. She has also seen agile projects go badly wrong. As a consultant and interim manager, Carol has provided assurance and worked with senior managers in large multi-nationals (like Philips and Infor) in the UK public sector and in smaller enterprises to put challenged projects back on the right track. This lead her to a study of what makes projects fail or deliver successfully which has covered quality management, engineering, business management and many aspects of programme and project portfolio management.

She is convinced that governance and working discipline are more important than many realise. She is also an advocate for software craftsmanship so how do the two ideas (governance associated with control and the professional freedoms of craftsmanship) sit comfortably? Come and find out!

About the Speakers:

Sue Clarke is currently working as an IS Business Partner for Astra Zeneca, with responsibility for Group Finance. She has worked in IS line management, project and programme management all her career. Starting in Girobank, then Alliance and Leicester, moving to consultancy and rail freight then back to Financial Services via Experian and egg, Sue landed up as IS Director at Nottingham Trent University then moved back to the North West for family reasons. She has successfully delivered Agile developments in her last three organisations and is currently researching (part time for a doctorate at the University of Manchester), the alignment of relationship management and project management to achieve IS project success. Sue has Prince2, MSP and Chartered Manager qualifications.

While Carol is at heart a practitioner, she has contributed to the project management body of knowledge with publications for APM and the PMI BoK. Carol is a Fellow of BCS, a Chartered Engineer, was a founder member of BCS Women and is a Trustee of the Women's Engineering Society. Carol holds MSP Advanced Practioner, PRINCE2 Practitioner and postgraduate qualifications in management.

Event report

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