Building the Agile Program Management Function: Lessons from the DSDM World

The DSDM (Dynamic Systems Development Method) Consortium is one of the original signers of the agile manifesto.  DSDM has quite successfully been employed in the U.K. and Europe.  It is now seeing increased interest from US organizations.  Compatible with other methodologies such as SCRUM, it provides a comprehensive approach that blends agile methods with program and project management.  It emphasizes strong collaboration between business and technical stakeholders, and enforces "whole of the program" approach that allows for definition of roles, deliverables and milestones that reflect the unique nature of a program. DSDM uses a lifecycle designed to take projects from statement of need to final solution, balancing interests of all stakeholders to deliver solutions that meet cost, schedule and quality objectives.

The Agile PMO is the instantiation of these methods in an organization as a center of expertise and excellence. It can execute agile programs as well as develop and grow this capability within the organization, equipping others to follow agile principles within the confines and context of corporate or agency governance.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

This presentation will cover:


Understanding the DSDM Agile Project Framework - Philosophy and Principles

Overview of DSDM Version 4.2

Need and role of an Agile PMO

Examples of DSDM success

Learning Outcome

Attendees will understand how DSDM Agile Project Framework bridges the gap between necessary and rigorous governance, and the Agile development frameworks of DSDM, Scrum and XP.  They will gain insight to how DSDM has been effectively used, and the conditions necessary for success, as well as where to go for additional resources and training on DSDM Agile Project Framework and Agile PM.


Target Audience

Program managers, acquisition professionals, Government, engineering leaders, IT managers, technical leaders, corporate management

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      Richard Cheng - Agile at the Office of Personnel Management: The USAJOBS Product Owner's Perspective

      60 Mins

      The USAJOBS program was a highly visible, time sensitive program, with potentially high government dollar value. To effectively execute the project, the USAJOBS program decided on an Agile approach and in this approach, government program managers were identified to be Agile Product Owners. This session features the experiences, thoughts, and challenges facing the Agile Product Owners on USAJOBS. Key thoughts from this session include:


      1. The differences between Project Management and Product Management 

      2. Shifting from big up front planning to responsible up front planning combined with just in time planning 

      3. Managing Product Owner bandwidth expectations 

      4. The impact of Agile from a Product Owners view


      The session is hosted by the former USAJOBS Product Owner along with an Agile Coach.  The session will explore Product Ownership and Agility on Federal Programs.


      Alesia Booth grew up in Federal human resources - her first job was with the National Institutes of Health payroll office at 16 years old. Since then, she's managed websites, document libraries, corporate recruitment programs, staffing systems and hiring reform process change management activities. Which is she ended up at USAJOBS. Since then, Alesia moved to Department of the Treasury to be the program manager of the HR Line of Business CareerConnector product for classification and staffing. At Treasury, she continues concentrate on solving multiple agency recruitment challenges to bring the best and brightest talent into the Federal workforce. Additionally, she worked with Treasury Enterprise Business Solutions as a champion of Agile development and recruitment data standardization Government-wide. Alesia is now back at OPM leading OPM's USAStaffing efforts.


      Richard Cheng, Principal Consultant at Excella Consulting, provides consulting services to commercial and federal clients in the Washington, DC area. Richard coaches, mentors, and trains clients on understanding and implementing Agile and Scrum. He also leads Excella’s Agile Center of Excellence.  A graduate of Virginia Tech, Richard has authored several publications on project management, presented at Agile and PMI sponsored industry events, is a member of Mensa, and holds certifications including Certified Scrum Training (CST), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) and Project Management Professional (PMP).  Richard is a founder and on the executive committee of the Agile Defense Adoption Proponents Team (ADAPT).