eXtreme Project Management & Agile Methods ∞ September 21, 2007

September 21, 2007


eXtreme Project Management ™ applied:  How to Lead & Succeed in the Face of Volatility

Doug DeCarlo

No sooner do you say the word “plan,” when something else has changed. Instead of managing priorities, you often find yourself prioritizing crises.

Traditional project management practices simply don’t cut in on today’s volatile, high-change, high-speed, high-stress ventures. To succeed on these extreme projects, today’s new breed project manager needs to adopt a quantum mindset, know how to apply a flexible project model, and at the same time, be able to unleash motivation and innovation.

Based on his work with over 250 project teams from around the world, Doug DeCarlo– with the help of his African drum — will share proven principles, practices and tools that have been captured in his highly acclaimed book, eXtreme Project Management: Using Leadership, Principles and Tools to Deliver Value in the Face of Volatility.

The Agile Adoption Framework

Dr. Ahmed Sidky

Many organizations aspire to adopt agile processes to take advantage of the numerous benefits that they offer to an organization. As the demand for agile adoption grows, we keep asking what does it mean to be agile? When is an organization considered agile? Which practices should the organization adopt? Are there any guidelines to help with agile adoption efforts?

The Agile Adoption Framework is a structured, yet flexible process framework that helps guide and assist agile coaches and organizations in their agile adoption efforts. The framework consists of two components: (1) an agile measurement index, to identify the agile potential of projects and organizations, and (2) a 4-Stage process to determine which set of agile practices the organization can adopt for each project. This talk also includes an exciting hands-on simulation of an agile adoption engagement.


Doug DeCarlo is an internationally recognized paradigm shifter and a thought leader for how to succeed in today’s business environments that feature high speed, high change and high uncertainty. His work has earned him recognition as a keynote speaker, trainer, facilitator, coach and columnist.  Doug is the author of the highly acclaimed book, eXtreme Project Management: Using LeadershipPrinciples and Tools to Deliver Value in the Face of Volatility and a contributing author to the landmark book, the World Class Project Manager.  Doug can be contacted through www.dougdecarlo.com

Dr. Ahmed Sidky is a senior agile consultant with Tangible Software. He graduated as Valedictorian with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Modern Science and Arts (MSA) University in Cairo, Egypt. While working as an Internet Solution Developer for one of the leading IT corporations in the Middle East, he received an award for the Best Creative Solution for that year. He earned a Masters degree in Software Engineering from Virginia Tech with a research focus on Requirements Engineering.  Dr. Sidky’s research interests then moved towards Agile Software Development Methodologies and Process Improvement and he completed his doctorate in that field. His latest research is a process framework for the adoption of agile practices known as the Agile Adoption Framework.


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Doug DeCarlo – eXtreme Project Management Applied
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Doug DeCarlo continued
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Dr. Ahmed Sidky – Agile Adoption Framework
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Capital One Case Study
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Q&A