Abstract: Need practical, concrete advice on how to blend Project Management Institute (PMI) best practices with the Agile development method? Want to hear specifics about successfully incorporating process changes on your team? If so, this is the session for you. Kim Hobson, a PMP, SAFe Agilist, and member of the team that won the 2010 PMI Distinguished Project Award, will discuss how their project overcame the obstacles of adapting a government-mandated process to fit the Agile development method. It’s been five years since winning the award. Where does the team stand now and what other challenges have they faced? How have they used what they learned as a stepping stone to tackling new guidance from the U. S. government? How do you improve a highly functioning team that’s experiencing exponential growth? Specific steps that the team took will be outlined and practical tips shared. If you’re looking for real answers for how to tailor and adapt processes to meet project needs, plan to attend this participative session.
Biography: An award-winning PMP with nearly 30 years of project management and business operations experience, Kim Hobson has used her strategic insight and clear communication style to help numerous diverse organizations define their business processes, build relationships, and actuate performance. Kim is a currently a Project Manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where she leads a software development project for the intelligence community and provides operational business analysis for a number of NNSA initiatives homed at ORNL. Kim received her B.S. in Business Administration from The University of Tennessee, earned an MBA from Trident University, and is a certified SAFe Agilist.