Reality Check for Program Managers

Behind the Scenes Track

1:40 PM - 2:40 PM

Running an agile program is hard.

This session will take a pragmatic look at how agile program management might evolve over time. Unfortunately, participation in an agile project does not really prepare you for leading an agile program. I’ve been running an agile program for four years…the first delivery had 400+ participants on the various teams. Now with 3 additional deployments successfully completed, this discussion will walk you through what has worked well, and the changes that were made to remove roadblocks that were encountered along the way.

This session will tackle the day to day challenges that you will most certainly be facing as you step into the program management role:

  • What kinds of decisions will you make?
  • How do you influence team members when you don't have direct authority?
  • When do you change directions?
  • What does success look like?

It will also arm you with techniques that you can draw from to overcome these challenges. Much of the discussion will be interactive so that you are learning from your fellow participants and their experiences, as well as learning from our journey.

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Presented By

Susan Fojtasek

Susan specializes in program/project management, process development, and business analysis at Improving Enterprises, where she serves as a Vice President of Consulting. Susan brings a unique perspective to her clients as both a Certified Scrum Master and a Project Management Professional. As the agile movement continues to grow, Susan takes a pragmatic approach to the application and usage of the various agile techniques. She is active in the local agile community in the Dallas chapter of the Agile Leadership Network (ALN).