PMI New Jersey Chapter
PMINJ 2017 May Meeting

16 May 2017 - Morristown - Hyatt


PDP Information

Program Number: C020-20170516
Understanding Agile with Scrum for the Rest of Us
Category: A
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
PDUs: - 1.5
Leadership - 0.5
Strategic - 0.0
Technical - 1.0


It is easy to get lost in the Scrum jargon, as advocates espouse the wonders of burn down charts, ceremonies, standups and sprints. But, what is Scrum, really? How is it different from other Software Development LIfecycles (SDLCs)? And why your organization should really consider adopting some (or all) of the Scrum processes and practices for whatever projects you are undertaking - be they software, or even construction. This interactive discussion explores some of the key underpinnings of Agile development with Scrum and how Scrum practices support the objectives of efficiency, resilience to change and building team cohesiveness and morale.



Lee Vallone has been successfully leading software, project and business teams for the past 25 years in the telecommunications industry. Over the course of his career, Lee has led teams ranging from small business telephone and messaging systems to long haul optical networking equipment, with teams ranging from a few software developers to scores of developers spanning multiple disciplines and continents. Lee is currently spearheading the transition of Nokia's optical development team to Agile methodologies.

Lee is an adjunct professor at Monmouth University where he created and taught a graduate level course on software quality, measurement and process. Lee is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP, as well as a CSM),Certified Software Quality Engineer and Project Management Professional. He has a B.S. in Computer Science and Applied Math from SUNY at Stony Brook, an M.E. in Computer Science from Cornell and an M.B.A. from the Krannert Business School at Purdue.

Other Meetings:

Business Analysis LCI

Topic: Agile Business Analysis:  Developing Product Backlog into Business Capabilities

Agile offers a tremendous opportunity for an Organization to realize value in less time and with greater quality. Success is highly dependent on the project team and the organization adoption of Agile's core values and principles. This presentation will focus on Scrum as the implementation framework centered on the important and often undervalued role of Business Analyst. The presentation will provide an overview of Agile, Scrum, and how the BA fits into the process and facilitates benefit realization through the successful achievement of the program's roadmap goals, project and sprint deliverables.

John Werner is an active PMP since 2003 and is a recognized Agile Practitioner holding both PMI-ACP (Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner) and CSM (Certified Scrum Master) credentials. Over the past decade, he has worked on numerous projects using waterfall, Agile, and hybrid approaches. John is Senior Consultant for the Information Architecture Group ( and holds a Master of Science degree in Organization Dynamics, with a concentration in Project, Program, and Portfolio Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Career Networking LCI

Topic: NETWORKING to GET A JOB - John Sampson

Are you networking at every opportunity, but introductions don’t seem to click? How well are you promoting yourself? How generously do you offer assistance to others? Learn skills that improve your ‘linkage’, as the renowned networking guru John Sampson imparts guidance in the art of successfully navigating contacts and keying on the connections most likely to provide mutual benefit in career advancement and landing that ideal position.

John’s advice for your job campaign will include interviewing techniques, behavioral interview questions, samples of successful elevator pitches, resumes, cover letters, a list of the best and worst companies to work for, and more. His passionate mission to champion NJ job seekers will bolster your confidence and accelerate your success in landing quickly and well.


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