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March Chapter Meeting | Pre-dinner Keynote: Agile Project Management, Not The “Silver Bullet” It’s Been Made Out To Be | Dinner Keynote: Applying Lean to Software Development Projects

March 29, 2018
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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Hotel 116 - Coast Bellevue
625 116th Ave NE,
Bellevue, WA 98004

Please join us for Puget Sound PMI's year-end (Q1 - 2018) Chapter Dinner Meeting and keynotes by Michael Curry, Marcus Jenkins (TokuSaku Consulting) and Luniel de Beer (Net Objectives). 


Dinner keynote

Michael Curry 

Michael Curry is an account and technology leader who has 20+ years of Military, Telecom, Lean Manufacturing and start-up environments experience. His career has centered around leading teams, launching programs and services and improving organizational processes.  He has been a consultant for 10 years in Project/ Program Management and as a ScrumMaster.  He has an active PMP certification, ITIL v3 Foundations, and SAFe Agilist 4 (SA) credentials.


Marcus Jenkins 

Marcus Jenkins is an accomplished Continuous Improvement Professional with over 25 years of hands-on experience leading and mentoring Lean Six Sigma projects s for organizations like the GE Capital, Microsoft, CH Robinsons, and Carlson Companies.  Marcus also has consulting experience in the public sector with local public utilities the Seattle Metro area and the State of Washington’s Veterans Administration.  During his career, he has achieved certifications as a Lean Sensei, Master Black Belt, Lean Six Sigma Instructor, and a Certified Quality Manager.  Marcus is also an award-winning Lean Six Sigma Instructor that has produced strong Lean and Six Sigma, Green Belts, Black Belts, and Master Black Belt professionals around the world.  


Applying Lean to Software Development Projects.

Lean is a philosophy that can be applied to any business venture, at any level. Lean is used to reduce waste, accelerate delivery and quality, improve morale, and reduce cost. Combined with other tools, such as Six Sigma, you have beginnings of a robust toolset for any organization.

When viewed through the eyes of the end user or customer, Lean promotes a shift in the organizational thought processes…how to increase quality (build it in!), how can I get it faster (reduce steps and waste), and how do I get it cheaper?

Lean concepts are easy to understand and resonate with Software Development team members when framed as the avenue to use to maximize any Speed to Market software opportunity.

Ultimately, Lean is a path to relentless improvement, individually and organizational. By building a better self a better product is created.


Pre-dinner keynote

Luniel de Beer

As a former Product Manager, Luniel is passionate about helping clients achieve Business Agility and institute Agile Product Management.  Applying his expertise, he helps organizations develop their own ability to

  • respond to changes in a timely manner, while consistently meeting customer and stakeholder expectations, and doing so at a sustainable pace;
  • identify and realize thin slices of business value; and,
  • preserve and curate the knowledge that drives the creation and maintenance of its business capabilities, and the software and technology that enables it.


Agile Project Management, Not The “Silver Bullet” It’s Been Made Out To Be.

There’s been a growing trend in the industry to regard Agile project management frameworks as all you need in order to achieve business agility or agile product management.  However, our experience has shown that this has been an oversimplification, and has resulted in too many responsibilities being thrust onto the Portfolio/Program/Project manager of today.  People serving in these roles are being overwhelmed with what they’re being asked to do, not due to a lack of skills, but due to faulty expectations.  By looking at decision-making and information flow and employing principles used in business architecture and software design, we realize that there are critical business concerns at stake that have to be attended to in order for any business to become wholly Lean and Agile.  In this talk, we will introduce these principles, we’ll show what these concerns are, we’ll show how the concerns of Portfolio/Program/Project management can be addressed in a realistic and sustainable manner, and how this critical concern contributes to achieving true business and product management agility.



$40.00 Member
$50.00 after 05:00 pm March 29
$35.00 Earlybird rate before March 22

$45.00 Non-Member
$55.00 after 05:00 pm March 29
$40.00 Earlybird rate before March 22