by Angelo Firenze
Since 1939, when the term “project management office” was coined, PMOs have led the project management effort at companies large and small, driving the process and standards used to deliver business results. With the drive toward the use of Agile in recent years, many PMO executives wonder, “How do we fit in?” Some may even wonder, “Will we be viewed as less important to the organization?” or “Will we somehow be marginalized?”
The answer is, “Absolutely not!” Given the high reliance on a lightweight but disciplined project management framework such as Scrum, it’s critically important that there is a group of individuals in the organization who support not only the initial adoption of Scrum, but the continued adherence to its guideposts. Many companies fail to get results from Scrum not because the initial rollout, but because teams stop doing the handful of critical things that are needed to realize its benefits.
The contemporary PMO fills this role perfectly and plays a critically important role in leading Agile transformations. By filling the ScrumMaster role on project teams, the PMO can ensure both the adoption and continued usage of Scrum principles across the organization. Since the ScrumMaster is the “owner of the process,” the PMO can ensure that the discipline required to realize the potential of Scrum is sustained, and the Scrum process is adapted to the unique needs of the organization.
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Ever since studying Industrial Engineering in the early 1990s, Angelo Firenze has been a student of the principles which underlie Agile Software Development. Back then it was “Lean Manufacturing” that was the hot topic of the day. Lean Manufacturing ideas eventually evolved into what we now know as Agile and Scrum Software Development.
Today Angelo is the VP of Business Development for Ascendle, a contract software engineering firm headquartered in North Hampton, NH founded in 2012. Ascendle specializes in commercial-grade cloud and mobile app development, and has a vibrant Agile and Scrum coaching and training practice.
Prior to joining Ascendle, Angelo was putting lean principles to work in a more traditional manufacturing setting. Angelo founded and grew The Firenze Gelato Company. Conceived in 2001, this business eventually grew to become the largest regional producer of gelato in New England. The company assets were acquired in 2012 by Bindi USA, the North American subsidiary of Bindi S.p.A, a European multi-national.
|Event Date||04-12-2018 6:00 pm|
|Event End Date||04-12-2018 9:00 pm|
|Registration Start Date||03-01-2018|
|Cut off date||04-09-2018 10:00 pm|
|Individual Price||$25 Non-Members / $20 Members|
|Location||Bristol Community College|