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Reality Check for Agile Program Managers

For our June meeting Brian Adkins and Susan Fojtasek are presenting their Agile 2013 session, 'Reality Check for Agile Program Managers'

Running an agile program is hard.

We will take a pragmatic look at how agile program management might evolve over time. Unfortunately, participation in an agile project does not really prepare you for leading an agile program. We’ve been running an agile program for three years…our first delivery had 400+ participants on the various teams. Now with 3 additional deployments successfully completed, we will walk you through what has worked well, and the changes that were made to remove roadblocks that we encountered along the way.

This session will tackle the day to day challenges that you will most certainly be facing as you step into the program management role

  • What kinds of decisions will you make?
  • How do you influence team members when you don't have direct authority?
  • When do you change directions?
  • What does success look like?

It will also arm you with techniques that you can draw from to overcome these challenges. Much of the discussion will be interactive so that you are learning from your fellow participants and their experiences, as well as learning from our journey.


Brian Adkins is an Agile coach at Halo Group with more than 20 years of experience in software development and IT. In addition to working as a developer, designer, project manager, and analyst, he explored the bumpy road of entrepreneurship, managed software development teams (another road with its share of bumps!), and served as a product owner. Brian has a passion for helping managers and executives understand the benefits of Agile and coaching them on how to participate in the success of their organizations.

Susan Fojtasek specializes in program/project management, process development, and business analysis at Improving Enterprises, where she serves as a Vice President of Consulting. Susan brings a unique perspective to her clients as both a Certified Scrum Master and a Project Management Professional. As the Agile movement continues to grow, Susan takes a pragmatic approach to the application and usage of the various Agile techniques

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  • David C.

    Liked the case studies and break out groups to complement them.

    June 26, 2013

  • Chuck K.

    Enjoyed the activities, made us think and were germane to the topic.

    June 26, 2013

  • Ben C.

    Great presentation!

    June 25, 2013

  • Rick R.

    Thanks to Susan and Brian for sharing! :-)

    June 25, 2013

  • Tim H.

    It gave me good history and insight that is directly applicable to what I am now doing.

    1 · June 25, 2013

  • Tim N.

    Can you sneak me in at this late hour?

    June 25, 2013

  • Eric P. N.

    Excited to see leaders in our community like Brian and Susan step forward! Stoked for this presentation!

    June 16, 2013

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