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Day 1 of PMINAC

Sliger and HuetherAnd so concludes my first day at the PMI North American Congress.  It was an awesome day.  It started with the morning presenter, Vivek Kundra, Chief Information Officer of the United States.  I originally didn’t plan to see this him speak.  I’m very glad I did.  I was really surprised when he talked about being more agile and stated

We’re not just looking at Agile methodology, we’re also moving to Agile management…. & EVM is not a silver bullet.  In addition, he said process will no longer trump business outcomes.

Immediately following the presentation, I met up with Michele Sliger, author of The Software Project Manager’s Bridge to Agility and someone I’ve admired for a while.  Shhhhh don’t say anything.  She might think I’m a groupie or something.

Off we went to have some lunch.  Let’s skip the details of lunch.  It was OK but I was more interested in hanging out with Michele.

Just before we went to the first presentation, we stopped off at the tag and ribbon table.  It had buttons from all of the Community of Practices.  But the one Michele and I were looking for was missing!  Where was the Agile Community of Practice!?  The same happened for the Agile CoP ribbons.  Come to find out, they ran out.  I guess that’s a good thing.

Sunday was going to be limited to just 2 presentations.  I chose Growing Up Agile: the Next Generation of Project Managers, presented by Lisamarie Babik, PMP.  My second presentation was 5 Years of Teaching Agile PM or PMI: Lessons Learned and Recurring Resistance by Mike Griffiths.

I enjoyed both sessions a lot and if you were on Twitter, you probably saw Michele, or Jesse Fewell, or myself doing real-time tweets.

The day concluded with the key note address by President Bill Clinton.

All in all, the day was full of surprises.  So, some may ask, are you Agile?

About Derek Huether

I'm Vice President of ALM Platforms at LeadingAgile. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon). Novice angel investor.

2 Responses to “Day 1 of PMINAC”

  1. Anonymous
    October 11, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Glad you enjoyed your first day at Congress. I’m holding down the fort at PMI GOC and providing support to my colleagues from there. I’ve enjoyed seeing all the tweets about it.

    Am I Agile? Not yet, but getting there, I think. I really liked your entries about the Personal Kanban and am heavily considering getting a whiteboard for my desk at work. Even though my career ambition is not to be a full-time project manager, learning about the skills and techniques during my time at PMI has certainly helped with my effectiveness and efficiency and made me realize that I manage projects all the time. You’re one of the people that I have to thank for that.

    Ok, enough rambling. Enjoy Congress today!

    • Anonymous
      October 12, 2010 at 2:37 am

      Andy, thanks for your post. I would have gotten back to you earlier but the Congress has totally messed up my blog schedule. I’m happy to help in any way I can. When it comes to Kanban or Agile, just try it. Try it on one small (non-critical) project. See how it works for you. Look for one tiny thing from Kanban or Agile and see if you can leverage it and find a benefit. If it does, it’s a success. Go for little successes and build on it, if you see the continued need.

      Just got back from Congress Day 2. Time to write a blog post!

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