Agile Project Management: Re-thinking PMBOK, CMM, ISO 9000 and Other Standards

Presentation by J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP

Jointly sponsored by the Project Management Institute Upstate NY Chapter (External Link) and The NYS Forum's Project Management Community of Practice Committee.

In the information technology arena, agile and iterative software development techniques are "in." The underlying premise of these techniques is that when carrying out high risk, dynamic projects - significant traits of many IT projects - it is important to incorporate learning into the development effort. This means that as a project is carried out, it makes sense to take stock of what has been done so far in order to guide future development efforts. In the agile and iterative world, the traditional Waterfall development model - which is rigid and fails to accommodate risk - is "out."

In his presentation, Dr. J. Davidson Frame presents a brief overview of the basic features of a number of agile and iterative development techniques, including Scrum, time-boxed scheduling, and RUP. He discusses why so many companies and government agencies are moving away from Waterfall development methodologies and are trying to employ agile and iterative principles into their software development processes.

He also examines the implications of these approaches for a number of international standards that affect how projects are carried out, specifically: PMBOK Guide, Capability Maturity Model, and ISO 9000. He addresses provocative questions, such as: What value does the WBS have in an age of agile development? When dealing with dynamic project efforts, why would we strive for repeatable processes as required by Level 2 of CMM? When trying to achieve project quality, why would we emphasize statistical process control over inspection, when quality on unique knowledge-based projects must be rooted in effective inspection?

Speaker: J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, Academic Dean

J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, is Academic Dean at the University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Arlington, Virginia, USA. He has been active in project management since the 1970s and has written ten books on the subject, including the business best seller, Managing Projects in Organizations (2003). Prior to joining UMT, David was a Professor of Management Science at The George Washington University (1979-1998), where he was Chairman of the Management Science Department (1988-89), and Director of the International Center for Project Management Excellence (1995-98). In the 1970s, he was vice president at Computer Horizons, Inc., where he directed more than 30 software development projects. David has been actively involved with the Project Management Institute (PMI®) since the late 1980s. He served as PMI's Director of Certification during 1990-96 and Director of Educational Services during 1997-98. David served on the PMI Board of Directors during those periods and again during 2000-2003. In 1993, he won PMI's Distinguished Contribution Award, and in 1995 PMI's Person of the Year Award. He was named a PMI Fellow in 2004. He has trained more than 35,000 managers in the past twenty five years. He has delivered management programs at many organizations, including Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse First Boston, Hewlett-Packard, Sprint, Marriott, the IRS, DoD, the White House, the Social Security Administration and the Department of Energy. Davidson Frame has a Ph.D. and an M.A. from American University and a B.A. from the College of Wooster in the USA. David can be reached at [email protected].


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Time & Place:

Wednesday, January 16, 2008
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Check-in and Issuing of PDU certificates
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Presentation
5:00 pm - Networking
5:30 pm - Dinner
The Italian American Community Center, 257 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, New York 12205


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Online Registration Deadline: 4:00 pm on Friday, January 11, 2008
Cancellations after 4:00 pm on Monday, January 14, 2008 will be charged the full meeting registration fee of $35


$35 which includes the presentation and dinner (salad, rolls, entrée, coffee, & dessert)
Note: Take-out meals are not available.

Dinner choices:

Chicken Francaise
London Broil/ with Mushroom Bordelaise
Eggplant Rollatini
Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake


Attendees may claim 2 PDUs for this meeting.