PMI New Jersey Chapter
PMINJ 2019 Sep Meeting

17 Sep 2019 - Edison - Pines Manor


PDP Information

Program Number: C020-20190917
Transitioning from Waterfall to SAFe-An Insider’s View to Leading a Multi Million SAFe Program
Category: A
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
PDUs: - 1.5
Leadership - 0.5
Strategic - 0.5
Technical - 0.5


According to a VersionOne study, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is the number one and fastest growing framework for scaling Agile initiatives. SAFe enables organizations to realize the benefits of Agile listed below for initiatives of tens, hundreds and even thousands of team members.

Benefits of Agile & SAFe leading to a greater competitive advantage include:

  • Reducing the time to market for products and services
  • Embracing changes to maximize the value of products and services
  • Increasing organizational transparency and alignment
  • Increasing productivity and quality
In this presentation Randy Shumpert, a PMP with 20 years of Waterfall experience who became an SAFe early adopter and certified SAFe Program Consultant, will cover topics including:

  • Differences & commonalities - Waterfall vs. Agile vs. SAFe
  • The strategic planning process in SAFe and how it maps to Waterfall
  • How SAFe initiatives are funded vs. Waterfall
  • Leading a SAFe Program from Vision to Delivery – An Insider’s View of a $120 Billion Pension Fund Program
  • Lessons learned from the trenches
  • Tips for leveraging your PMP for transitioning to an Agile/SAFe environment and role-based learning


Monthly Speaker

Randy Shumpert (MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP, SPC, CSP, CSM, RTE) is an accomplished Agile and Waterfall Project Management Executive and SAFe Program Consultant with a solid history of leadership and proven results. Randy was introduced to Agile after many years as an IT Executive. Leveraging Agile methods Randy co-founded DRMetrix, and designed and developed the premier marketing business intelligence and patented direct response recognition technology that detects each time a spot or infomercial airs.

After a few years of Agile experience in an advertising firm Randy was recruited into ADP where he was an early adopter of SAFe and Coach to more than 80 professionals. He also worked in ADP's Lean Agile Center of Excellence (LACE). Randy then joined a consulting firm where he introduced and led a SAFe transformation including training his consulting firm and the clients. While at the consulting firm, for the past five years Randy has been the lead SAFe Instructor at BTII Institute helping professionals advance and transition their careers by teaching more than seven different certification-based SAFe courses. Randy is currently a SAFe Program Consultant and instructor at BTII Institute.

Other Meetings:

Agile LCI

Topic: Deciphering the 13th Annual State of Agile Report

Running 13 years, the Annual State of Agile Report shares the experiences of software professionals in a variety of industries and roles around the world. Your Executives may find this widely referenced, easy to read summary helpful!

Here are a few things we will discuss:
  • Who's leading in Scaling?
  • Does culture matter?
  • What supports or challenges adoptions?
  • Top 5 Agile techniques?
  • DevOps insights?
  • ...and more!

Career Networking LCI

Topic: Career Transition and Development

Start Time: 5:30 P.M.

Career transition, career development and job search require time, practice and refinement in order to be at one’s best. This presentation will provide some thought on the skills and strategies you need to consider building to achieving the next steps in your career. Next steps might include a position similar to your current one, or they could involve a change or realignment with activities that are most meaningful to you. This all depends upon many factors. Important factors in your transition might include your own personal goals, values and wishes, the needs of your family, your age and stage in life, your finances, the job market and economy, and the needs of employers, to name just a few. In this presentation, we will focus a great deal on some of the tools, processes and methods that go into career decision making as well as strategies for communicating your unique value to potential employers and networking contacts.

This presentation will help you to build your knowledge of the job search and career development process, provide some tips for organizing your ideas, and provide a foundation for successful career development.

Tony Calabrese is a certified Life and Career Coach. A lifelong New Jersey resident, he has thrived through a series of life changing events. Coaching, consulting, facilitating support groups, and writing blogs and newsletters provide the opportunity for him to share what he has learned with others.

Remember to bring your business cards!


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