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IPMA PD Event - So You Want to be Agile in a Government Setting

Event Date and Time: 
Mar 9 2016 - 8:30am - 12:00pm


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Registration is required. There will be NO walk-in registrations at this event. Registration is Closed.

The cost to attend this seminar is $50.00 per person. Payment must be completed prior to the event. There will be no refunds. Substitutions are permitted.


Tom Perry, CA Technologies
Michael DeAngelo, WATECH
Brian Reynolds, Grant Thornton, LLP
Graeme Finley, Grant Thornton, LLP

Intended Audience:

Project executives, business managers, project managers, team members and contract specialists with an interest in agile and incremental project management. This session will focus on business and management-level topics and is not intended as a technical class on agile software development.

Abstract of Seminar Contents:

This Seminar will focus on the following topics:

  • What is agile as applied to government projects?
  • Employing agile in the public sector, with a focus on the procurement and contract management environment of the State of Washington.
  • Techniques to oversee vendor delivery in an agile environment.
  • How to transition from waterfall to agile, both from the perspective of a single project, and from the perspective of an entire organization.
  • Shifting the project planning paradigm
  • Influencing the agency culture to change

What Attendees Will Learn:

Specifically you will learn:

  • The circumstances where agile is a suitable approach, and will understand the critical success factors for an agile initiative.
  • How to apply agile principles to the planning and management of projects in the State of Washington context.


Topic Time

1. Welcome and Introductions - IPMA


2. Part 1: So You Want to be Agile – Debunking Myths, Where to Get Started and What to Do

  • Tom Perry, CA Technologies

3. Questions and Answers




4. Part 2: Agile Project Management in the Public Sector

  • Michael DeAngelo, WATECH
  • Brian Reynolds, Grant Thornton, LLP
  • Graeme Finley, Grant Thornton, LLP

5. Questions and Answers


6. Closing Comments


Speaker Bio:


Tom Perry has been working in software development for over 20 years. He has been fortunate enough to work on teams at startup companies as well as within large corporations in the Fortune 100 and the State and Federal Government. His background includes testing, development, project/program management, coaching/mentoring and training. As part of his involvement in the greater agile community, he led the Seattle chapter of the APLN, and was co-chair for Agile Open Northwest 2014.

He is very actively engaged in the agile community, speaking at local and international conferences and sharing his passion for building insanely great teams. Check out his blog for more information about his writing, presentations and current projects http://agiletools.wordpress.com or follow him on twitter @tlperry


Michael DeAngelo


Brian Reynolds, PMP, PgMP, CSSBB, ITILv3, CSM, SPC, ACP is a Principal in Grant Thornton’s Public Sector Practice.

Mr. Reynolds has more than 20 years of experience providing program and project management, IT strategy and planning, system integration, Lean Six Sigma process improvement, and Agile implementation and coaching services. Mr. Reynolds helps clients establish performance objectives, set quantitative outcome goals, steer IT investments toward desired outcomes, focus program and project activities on achieving goals, and measure results.

Mr. Reynolds has significant experience leading Agile IT solution delivery teams, and effectively managing and controlling programs and projects.  His clients have included federal and state government agencies, and organizations within the utility, finance, health insurance, and air transportation industries. Mr. Reynolds co-leads Grant Thornton’s public sector IT practice and is responsible for Grant Thornton’s Agile Digital Delivery Service solution offering. In this capacity, Mr. Reynolds uses Scrum, the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Lean Six Sigma (LSS), and product development flow techniques to help client organizations improve and transform Agile management and delivery processes.

Prior to his work at Grant Thornton, Mr. Reynolds was an Associate Partner at PwC/IBM.


Graeme M. Finley is a Managing Director within Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector practice. Mr.Finley has over twenty years’ experience providing consulting services to public- and private-sector organizations in the US and in Europe. He has experience in IT strategy, investment management, business case analysis, acquisition support, enterprise architecture, custom and packaged software development, and integration.

Mr. Finley’s clients have included federal government agencies in the US and Canada, state government agencies in California, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, and Ohio, and utilities and financial services organizations in the US and UK.