Program Number: C020-15092009
Agile Project Management: Rethinking PMBOK, CMM, ISO 9000 and Other Standards
Category Type: 3
Application/Specific Interest Groups: 30
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
PDUs: - 1.5
Leadership - 0.0
Strategic - 0.0
Technical - 1.5
In the information technology arena, agile and
iterative software development techniques are “in.” The
underlying premise of these techniques is that when carrying
out high risk, dynamic projects – significant traits of many
IT projects – it is important to incorporate learning into
the development effort. This means that as a project is
carried out, it makes sense to take stock of what has been
done so far in order to guide future development efforts. In
the agile and iterative world, the traditional Waterfall
development model – which is rigid and fails to accommodate
risk – is “out.”
In his presentation, Dr. J. Davidson Frame presents a brief overview of the basic features of a number of agile and iterative development techniques, including Scrum, time-boxed scheduling, and RUP. He discusses why so many companies and government agencies are moving away from Waterfall development methodologies and are trying to employ agile and iterative principles into their software development processes.
He also examines the implications of these approaches for a number of international standards that affect how projects are carried out, specifically: PMBOK Guide, Capability Maturity Model, and ISO 9000. He addresses provocative questions, such as: What value does the WBS have in an age of agile development? When dealing with dynamic project efforts, why would we strive for repeatable processes as required by Level 2 of CMM? When trying to achieve project quality, why would we emphasize statistical process control over inspection, when quality on unique knowledge-based projects must be rooted in effective inspection?
Dr. J. Davidson Frame
David is Academic Dean of the University of Management and Technology (UMT). From 1979 until 1998, he was Professor of Management Science at George Washington University, where he served as Chairman of the Management Science Department and established GWU’s project management program. He is a PMI Fellow and recipient of PMI’s Distinguished Contribution Award and Person of the Year Award. He served on the PMI Board of Directors for a total of eleven years. He is author of ten books, including the business best-seller, Managing Projects in Organizations.
Dr. Frame has been a major player in project management education and training since the late 1970s. He has written eight books and more than 30 scholarly articles on the subject. His Managing Projects in Organizations (2003) is a business best seller. His most recent book, Managing Risk in Organizations, was published in 2003.
Dr. Frame served as a Professor of Management Science at The George Washington University (1979-1998), where he was Chairman of the Management Science Department (1988-89), and Director of the International Center for Project Management Excellence (1995-98). He also established a Master of Science in Project Management degree program at The George Washington University.
In 1999, Dr. Frame was elected to the 13-person Board of Directors of the Project Management Institute (PMI), where he helped to lead the 150,000-member organization until 2003. From 1990-1996, Dr. Frame served as PMI's Director of Certification. He was the organization's Director of Educational Services from 1997 to 1998. He won PMI's Distinguished Service Award (1994) and Person of the Year Award (1995). In 2004, he was made a Fellow of PMI.
Dr. Frame has trained more than 35,000 managers worldwide over the past two decades. He has taught technology management, project management, and general management courses at organizations such as Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Fannie Mae, AT&T, Motorola, Sprint, Lucent, Boeing, IBM, and Marriott.
He holds the following degrees: a Ph.D. and an M.A. from American University, where he focused on development economics and quantitative methods; and a B.A. from the College of Wooster, with a focus on history and mathematics. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
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