PMI New Jersey Chapter
PMINJ 2022 April Agile Discussion Group

Wednesday, 27 Apr - 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Topic: How To Talk To Executives about Agility

Executives often want the benefits of Agile approaches such as Scrum without understanding what they would need to do to gain those benefits.  What would a proper informed consent discussion look like?  What are the organizational policies and structures that are likely to get in the way?  When should we walk away? 

The speaker, one of the only Certified LeSS Trainers in the United States, has had these conversations with dozens of companies over the past two decades.  Time permitting, we’ll also discuss what is the role of management in an Agile adoption.

Note: These topics were asked during our Lean Coffee in March. We are fortunate to have Michael share his knowledge and experience with us. Michael is also our instructor for our upcoming CSM / CLB class in May. Being one of the only certified LeSS Trainers in the US is a great opportunity to learn from someone who is highly regarded and recognized within the agile community.

Earn 1.0 PDU
Session Codes C020-20220427

   0.0 - Leadership
   0.0 - Strategic
   1.0 - Technical

Also, this program may be eligible for 1 SEU for Scrum Alliance certification holders.


Michael James


Michael James (MJ), was selected as a Scrum Trainer in 2006 by one of Scrum's original proponents, Ken Schwaber.  MJ has helped countless organizations in many countries, created the world's most popular online learning resource for Scrum, the most successful illustrated distillation of Scrum's definition, and the Scrum Master Checklist referenced in books by half a dozen other Agile authors.

MJ is a software process mentor, team coach, and Scrum trainer with skills in Product Ownership (business), Scrum Mastery (facilitation), and the development team engineering practices (TDD, refactoring, continuous integration, pair programming) that allow Scrum to work. MJ has been involved with LeSS (Large Scale Scrum) longer than anyone else on the US West Coast. He is a recovering "software architect" with programming experience back to the late 1970s, and including control systems for aircraft and spacecraft. If you have been an airline passenger, you have probably already benefited from MJ's software.

Volunteers have found MJ's work useful enough to translate into Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, German, Polish, French, Russian, Dutch, Portuguese, Korean, Vietnamese, Czech, Hebrew, Latvian, Serbian, and Turkish.


Nitin Khanna and Bob Phillips

Nitin  Bob


Bob Phillips, MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP, ICE-AC (ICP-ACC/ATF), CSP (CSM/CSPO), CLP, Scrum@Scale, SA

Both Nitin and Bob are Agile-certified coaches and core Agile LCI enthusiasts.  They each have been speakers at our chapter’s monthly meetings.
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