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Financing Agile Delivery with Forecasts
Sound familiar? Your team’s been trained to deliver new features in a short time frame. You’re estimating your work using abstractions like “story points." The predictability and quality of delivery have clearly improved. However, you still get asked every December to estimate year-long initiatives for annual budgeting. Something doesn’t make sense and you find yourself having a hard time explaining it to senior leadership. Finance departments and PMOs are trying to invest wisely and mitigate risk. They need to understand what projects to fund and which to avoid and looking at big scary numbers. However, they’re still using the same methods they did before by mitigating risk with big plans and committed dates. How agile can an organization be when the finance department is still thinking in large-batch fixed cost, scope, and time projects? In this session, we’ll talk about how to mitigate financial risk and improve return on investment by working in smaller batches. Join us and learn how you can start forecasting! Learning Outcomes: How to determine which projects to manage with a predictive vs adaptive approach. A few new tools to make better business decisions about what projects to fund. How to use the tools to predict weather and the stock market to forecast project end dates 6:00 - 6:30 Light refreshments provided by Rally Health and networking 6:30 - 7:30 Presentation 7:30 - 8:00 Networking FOOD and SPACE SPONSOR: RALLY HEALTH Rally Health, Inc., is a consumer-centric digital health company that makes it easy for individuals to take charge of their health and wellness, working with health plans, providers, and employers to reimagine consumer health engagement. The company’s flagship offering is RallySM, a digital health platform that offers a configurable suite of solutions that help consumers manage all aspects of their health and care needs: Rally EngageSM focuses on personalized health and wellness support; Rally ChoiceSM is a benefits marketplace; and Rally ConnectSM offers care provider search and cost transparency. More than 20 million consumers currently have access to the Rally platform through payers such as UnitedHealthcare, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, and thousands of employer groups. With offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis and Denver, the team behind Rally Health has been working together since 2010 to transform the consumer health and wellness industry. For more information, please visit ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: ROBERT PIEPER Robb Pieper has taught and coached thousands of people on agile frameworks and methodologies. He’s worked at all levels from the team to the C-Suite as a champion of modern management, nimble thinking, and the benefits of business agility. Robb’s developed a strong ability to communicate difficult-to-grasp ideas in his long career in software development and client facing roles. He’s a charismatic public speaker inspiring business leaders and knowledge workers with new ideas to improve. He specializes in executive and management training/coaching, but also passionate about building solid relationships and teams, keeping first things first, and mistake-proofing.

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