Whitewater Projects, Inc. to Develop Agile Project Management Office Curriculum for Project Management Institute (PMI)

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Whitewater Projects, Inc., a leading lean/agile training and coaching provider, has been tapped by Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Subject Matter Expert in the development of a series eSeminar classes about the benefits and perils of implementing agile practices in a Project Management Office (PMO). Whitewater is one of only five firms in the nation selected for this prestigious assignment.

Joseph Flahiff, CEO, Whitewater Projects, Inc.

“Many supposed agile failures are due to the misunderstanding that agile is a product management approach, not a project management approach,” said Joseph Flahiff, in a recent interview, "but, there are fundamental differences between those two."

The rapid pace of innovation and communication has forced businesses of all sizes to remain nimble and fleet footed -- to react to shifts in the marketplace and cause even bigger changes in return. Agile approaches utilize employees better than traditional project management. By welcoming early customer feedback, teams can swiftly and positively impact development. The end result, stronger products and increased ROI.

Agile is based on Lean, which was pioneered by Toyota Motor Corporation. It allows companies to fast track innovation by dividing large and complex deliverables into smaller, rapidly implemented projects. This business practice empowers workers, fuels idea generation and allows for greater project flexibility and adaptive response.

Implementing agile practices presents many challenges as corporations rewire traditional ways of thinking. “Many supposed agile failures are due to the misunderstanding that agile is a product management approach, not a project management approach,” said Joseph Flahiff, founder of Whitewater Projects and a prominent speaker, trainer and agile coach. “There are fundamental differences between those two. This course will help companies to better manage that struggle. ”

Later this year, the curriculum will be provided by PMI (http://www.pmi.org/) to its diverse international membership base comprised of thousands of innovation-focused businesses from tech startups to blue chip corporations. Mr. Flahiff will speak about lean/agile culture at the April meeting of the Puget Sound PMI Chapter; for more information, visit: http://www.pugetsoundpmi.org/

About Whitewater Projects:
Whitewater Projects, Inc. is a full service project management consultancy based in Bothell, Washington. Whitewater clients include an international roster of corporations and project management executives. Founder Joseph Flahiff is a popular speaker about PMI and Lean/Agile-style project management, team building and innovation practices. Coursework can be applied to the mandatory Professional Development Units needed for the PMI Agile Certification Program (PMI-ACP™). For more information, visit http://whitewaterprojects.com.

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