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Full name

Kevin Aguanno

emailkevin [at] AgilePM [dot] com
Phone number416-540-8570
City (Country)Toronto
Time 1h
Type of ConferenceConference > 100 attendees

The Alignment of Agile Management Methods with Corporate Governance Models


Since the early 1990s, Kevin Aguanno has been managing complex systems integration and software development projects using iterative and incremental approaches. For 15 of those years, he worked for IBM's Global Services division helping Fortune-500 companies adopt agile management practices. He was IBM's Agile Centre of Competence lead before leaving to start a private agile consulting practice. As a well-known keynote speaker, trainer, and coach in agile management meth­ods, Aguanno has taught thousands of people how to better manage high-change projects by using techniques from Scrum, Extreme Programming, Feature-Driven Development, and other agile methods. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and private corporate events where he delights audiences with practical advice peppered with fascinating stories from his own experiences in the trenches practicing agile project management. He has taught for several years at the University of Toronto where he won the coveted SCS Excellence in Teaching Award, and is a regular guest lecturer in software engineering and project management classes at several other universities. Kevin Aguanno holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master’s in Project Management from the School of Business and Public Management at George Washington University. He is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and his competency is certified by IBM as a Certified Executive Project Manager and by the International Project Management Association (IPMA) as a Senior Project Man­ager (IPMA Level B). Aguanno is an active member of the Project Management Institute (U.S.A.) including the Information Systems SIG, the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (U.S.A.), the Association for Project Management (U.K.), and the Project Management Association of Canada where he is a founding director and the current Vice President. He is accredited by the International Project Management Association (founded in Switzerland) as a project management competency assessor, and he performs IPMA assessments for the ASAPM in the U.S.A. and the PMAC in Canada. Kevin Aguanno is the author of over twenty books, audiobooks, and DVDs in addition to a number of articles published in magazines and journals worldwide.


With the widespread adoption of agile methods for project management and product development within large organizations, more and more groups are trying to experiment with these agile methods on real projects. Most learning materials on agile methods assume that a person is using these techniques in a rather small organization -- few agile resources talk about governance and the necessary constraints that apply to any project (agile or otherwise) executing within a complex (possibly even regulated) environment. This presentation will explain how agile management methods align with standard corporate governance models. In particular, where agile methods interact with business "stage gates" that control the funding of new projects through management approvals of business cases. The presentation will explain how early agile project activities (often grouped together and called "iteration zero") fulfill fiduciary requirements for business governance and how they compare with traditional project management approaches. Also explored will be how pilots or proofs of concept play an important role in the governance of new product development projects, including both agile and traditional approaches.


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