Abstract/Description

Can a federal agency’s PMO support Agile teams that are focused on delivering working software frequently? What about all the needed documentation, reviews, and sign-offs from a myriad of groups including systems engineering, privacy, PRA and cyber security? In this session we’ll look at a federal agency’s PMO processes and the concept of minimum viable bureaucracy. We’ll explore the roles and relationship between the PMO, PM, Product Owner, ScrumMaster, and team. We’ll see how projects get initiated and the decision criteria needed to start or defer a project. We’ll walk through a lightweight gate review process and the activities and deliverables of each phase. We’ll also see how gate reviews can co-exists with a continuous delivery pipeline. We’ll share lessons learned and take a look at the challenges ahead. Come to this session to see how a lean PMO is operating in a Federal Agency.

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About the Speaker(s)

Fadi Stephan is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Agile coach, and consultant with Washington DC-based Excella Consulting. Fadi leads Excella's Software Development Practice. He has more than fifteen years of professional experience as a product manager, project manager, software developer, ScrumMaster and consultant at both Federal Agencies and businesses ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Since 2006, his focus has been on building high performing organizations and teams that focus on delivering value early and maximizing ROI. Fadi is founder of the DC Software Craftsmanship User Group, and is co-organizer of the DC Scrum User Group as well as the TechTalkDC User Group.