Skunk Works and Agile - then, now and the future

When: 22nd Nov 2016, 18:00 - 22nd Nov 2016, 21:00
Where: BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2 7HA
Town/City: London
Organiser: BCS Project Management (PROMS-G) Specialist Group
Price: Free
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Chris Davies, Dr Bal Athwal, Dot Tudor and John Taylor


What is “Skunk Works”?

Skunk Works originates from World War II when a special R&D centre was set up by Kelly Johnson at Lockheed.

The name Skunk Works originates from the original R&D centre, which was located next to a plastic factory and so a skunk became their logo.

Since the inception of the Skunk Works, this term has been generalised to apply to similar high-priority R&D projects at other organisations, which feature a small team removed from the normal working environment and given freedom from management constraints.

Here is an outline:

  • History & Background of ‘rapid’ development 
  • The Skunk Works approach
  • DSDM/Skunk Works comparaison
  • Case Study - the Wesleyan SBS Programme
  • Enabling Progress
  • Tracking & Reporting Progress
  • Where are things heading? 
  • Need for accelerated delivery and enhanced return on investment
  • Need for flexibility of requirements in a complex environment"

About the speakers: 

John Taylor is a Program Management professional with more than 20 years’ experience delivering transformational change programmes across organisations of all sizes in both the public and private sectors. He is a graduate of the Defence Systems Management College. Previously, he had a technical career in the United States Air Force.

Chris Davies has many years of experience of successful program management in transport, financial services, banking, insurance, government, commercial FTSE-250 corporate sectors - some of these programs being award winning. Chris is one of the Founders of Condor.

Dot Tudor is a Certified Scrum Trainer, winner of 'Best Agile Coach / Mentor' at the UK Agile Awards, a finalist in the 'Most Valuable Agile Player UK' five years running and winner of the Award for Outstanding Contribution to a DSDM Team.

Dot is a recognised conference speaker nationally and internationally and a published Author. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Certified IT Professional and has been involved with business change projects for over thirty years.

Dot is a certified agile professional, with extensive experience in all flavours of agile, business analysis, project/programme management and service management, working across all industry sectors with customers from SMEs and computer games companies to large banks, insurance companies and government organisations.

Dot was one of the co-authors of the DSDM Agile Project Framework and AgilePM. She is the Author of AgileBA, accredited by APMG International and Chief Examiner for this.

Dot has worked with the Agile Project Leadership Network and Agile Alliance to develop the world’s first Agile Leadership qualifications, run by the Agile Consortium Europe.

Dot has worked with the British Computer Society (BCS) to develop their International Business Analysis Diploma and Solution Development Diploma and is an accredited examination provider for these.

Dot is a founder and Technical Director of TCC Limited, a company which specialises in Agile and business analysis and in improving the way organisations manage projects and achieve successful business change.

Dot's specialties include: Scrum training; Agile training, coaching, mentoring; Facilitation; Agile leadership; Agile Business Analysis; Agile Project Management; DSDM; SAFe.