Realizing agility with discipline: Addressing the needs of agile adoption in a government environment

Realizing agility with discipline: Addressing the needs of agile adoption in a government environment

 

Available On Demand
Duration 60min
Speakers
Richard Knaster
IBM Rational Chief Agile Methodologist
IBM
Richard Knaster
Richard Knaster is the Chief Methodologist for Agile & Lean for IBM Software Group. He helps customers all over the world implement Agile methods, practices and tools. Richard is a member of IBM's QSE Agile Leadership team. He has over 20 years experience in software development from practitioner to executive. Richard is also a contributor to the PMI Portfolio and Program Management standards and is an Agile Planning and Portfolio Management expert. Richard also has expertise in Business Process Engineering, Measured Improvement and is a PMI PMP, a mix that proves valuable when helping organizations' transition from traditional to modern development practices.
Michael O'Rourke
IBM Rational Software Vice President of Strategy and Delivery
IBM
Michael O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke is Vice President, Rational Strategy and Software Delivery, based in Littleton, Massachusetts, USA. In his current role, he is responsible for Product Management, Strategy, Product Marketing, Enablement, and messaging for all of Rational's products. Previously, Mike was Vice President of Rational Development, providing executive leadership over Rational's distributed software development business, including the Telelogic products, Architecture Management, Change and Release Management, Project and Portfolio Management and Quality Management. Mike was also the Director of Rational Team Products where he was responsible for product development, product management and quality engineering. Mike came to Rational through the acquisition of BuildForge, where he was the VP of Development, IT, Product and Support. Mike has previous experience within IBM, as VP of Development at Tivoli when it was acquired in 1996. Mike is a veteran of the software industry with over 25 years of development, customer support, and executive management experience for companies ranging from small start-ups to billion dollar industry leaders. He has a proven track record of successfully building some of the top technology companies in the software industry. Prior to BuildForge, he was Vice President of Engineering for Performance Retail, a provider of web-based merchandising and store operations software for the retail industry. Before joining PRI, Mike was VP of Customer Operations at BroadJump. He has also held key positions at Tivoli, Agillion, SupportSoft, Apollo Computer/HP, and Compugraphic Corporation/Agfa. Mike received his bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Vermont and his MBA from Boston College.

Many agencies are adopting, or want to adopt Agile practices to drive faster delivery, higher quality, and improved collaboration. Government agencies spend billions per year on IT investment and often projects run over budget, over time, out of scope and do not deliver the required outcomes. An iterative approach to software delivery allows for a more collaborative and constant evolution of requirements, informing team direction and driving refinements more frequently and earlier in the development process, ensuring relevant and timely delivery of critical software. Despite the benefits, agencies have adoption challenges that are unique to the government environment.

This webcast features IBM Rational Software's Vice President of Strategy and Delivery, Michael O'Rourke, as he share insights about IBM's own agile transformation to streamline software development and delivery, while addressing the need for disciplined governance and overcoming difficult and unique challenges. IBM Rational's Chief Agile Methodologist, Richard Knaster, will discuss the most relevant agile practices for government projects and will leave you with strategies your organization can leverage to start adopting agile methods today. In this webcast you will:

  • Hear insights on the challenges experienced 1st hand in a large scale agile transformation
  • Understand the benefits of moving to an iterative approach to software delivery
  • Learn agile tips for overcoming even the most difficult challenges in the Government environment
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