Whitewater Projects, Inc, Invited to Present at Project Management Institute’s Puget Sound Chapter on “The Benefits and Dangers Of Agile”

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Lean & agile transformation expert Joseph Flahiff, has been invited to share his experience and knowledge on the benefits and the perils of implementing agile. Joseph’s presentation will be part of a panel discussion with the Puget Sound Project Management Institute meeting on April 9th and will focus on, “The #1 Critical Success Factor for agile and lean, Culture - April 9th at 5:30PM – 9 PM Renaissance Seattle Hotel, 515 Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98104

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“I can teach you the practices of lean/agile in a week.” said Joseph Flahiff, founder of Whitewater Projects at a presentation in Poland February of 2013, “But, you won't see the significant improvement, lean/agile promises, until you change your culture"

More and more culture is being seen as the #1 success factor in lean and agile organizational improvement efforts. This is evidenced in the theme for the Scrum Alliance Paris: 2013 conference, "The culture of an organization is one of the key dimensions in understanding how to transform organizations into 'Agile organizations.' " (http://scrumalliance.org/events/611-paris-). The VersionOne (http://Versionone.com) State of Agile Development Survey 2012 found: for projects that failed, the #1 cause is, "Company philosophy or culture at odds with core agile values.", and that the #1 barrier to further adoption is, "Ability to Change Organizational Culture."

On April 9th Joseph Flahiff, (founder and CEO of Whitewater Projects, Inc.) will participate in a panel discussion on the benefits and dangers of agile. Implementing agile practices presents many challenges as corporations rewire traditional ways of thinking. “I can teach you the practices of lean/agile in a week. ” said Joseph Flahiff, founder of Whitewater Projects and a prominent speaker, trainer and agile coach at a presentation in Poznan, Poland last month, “But, you won't see the significant improvement, lean/agile promises unless you change your culture.”

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 in a unique culture of self-organizing teams, empowered work groups, and high interaction between new product development teams and management. This business practice empowers workers, fuels idea generation and allows for greater project flexibility and adaptive response.

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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