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DC Agile User Group: Business Value of Agile Methods by David Rico

Business Value of Agile Methods: Using ROI and Real Options - presented by Dr. David Rico

Ever wondered about the real, measurable benefits of using Agile Methods? How does one determine the RIO of using Agile?

Dr. Rico will provide an overview of popular agile methods, and a brief survey of the benefits of agile methods as reported by major industry studies, including rarely seen, late-breaking economic data and results from the top consulting firms. He will provide a survey of costs and benefits, a suite of metrics for quantifying business value, a discussion of parametric models, a methodology for estimating ROI.

presented by

Dr. David Rico

Dr. Rico helps oversee a portfolio of large multi-billion dollar IT projects. He has been a technical leader in support of NASA, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Army for over 30 years. He specializes in IT investment analysis, portfolio valuation, and organization change. He has been an international keynote speaker, presented at leading industry conferences, written seven textbooks, published numerous articles, is a reviewer for multiple journals, and is a frequent PMI, INCOSE, ALN, and SPIN speaker. He is a Certified PMP, CSEP, ACP, CSM, and SAFe Agilist, and teaches at five Washington, DC-area universities. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science, M.S. in Software Engineering, and D.M. in Information Systems.


VENUE: Microsoft - Friendship Heights Location

Microsoft has graciously offered to host the meeting in their Friendship Heights office location.

The venue is at:

5404 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 700, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.

NOTE: The meeting room is on the 7th Floor.


See Metro/Parking details below:

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Public Transportation

The Microsoft venue is very convenient to public transportation, right next to the Friendship Heights Metro stop on the Red Line.


There is a parking garage adjacent to the Microsoft facilities. Park in the Bloomingdale/Whole Foods lot. There's a small parking fee.

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  • Bill B.

    I wish I had seen this in time to attend. Are slides available online somewhere?

    June 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great interaction between the group's member in drawing the line between the pros and cons using Agile in private and government sector. Great real-life examples from Dr. Rico on the economic impact of using Agile vs other methodologies.
    Glad to be part of it.

    June 12, 2014

  • Krys

    It was also great to hear that agile methodologies have wider recognition and acceptance in government these days. It's a better way to spend our money :)

    1 · June 12, 2014

  • Darren H.

    Some good data points and statistics to help turn executives into believers

    June 12, 2014

  • Pawin C.

    Dr. Rico is very energetic and passionate about Agility. He has tons of knowledge and real life experience to share. I'm glad I went to this meetup.

    June 12, 2014

  • Brian S.

    Dr. Rico gave a great talk filled with quantifiable data that should help convince others to try to be more agile. His enthusiasm was very motivating.

    June 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry that I was not able to make it tonight. See you next month!

    June 11, 2014

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