13th and 14th of June in Krakow many specialists and practitioners gathered to discuss the synergy between two domains in IT projects – project management and business analysis. Two days conference PAM Summit was outstanding success with great support from ABB ISDC. Project Managers and Business Analysts spent two days in amazing venue Stara Zajezdnia, talking about synergy between these two roles in IT projects. Eighteen speakers were presenting their opinions about the synergy, future of BA, agile project environment and human interaction management. Additionally six practitioners conducted workshop sessions for participants. We had speakers from all over the world, that is United States, United Kingdom, Portugal, Holland, Sweden, Denmark. Switzerland and even Australia. Over 300 specialists participated in all sessions. Many of them joined us on Afterparty conducted after the first day of the conference.
Arie van Bennekum, one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto has been actively involved in DSDM and the DSDM Consortium since 1997. Arie has over 15 years of experience in ICT (the technology that links information and communication together) and related businesses. Since 1994 he has been working on RAD and DSDM projects in various roles. He is accredited as a DSDM Practioner, Trainer, Examiner and Consultant; additionally he is an accredited Certified Professional Facilitator. Arie is also involved in the Agile Alliance (www.agilealliance.org), grounded in February 2001, as one of the seventeen authors.
James Archer has worked in many different application areas using the Volere approach. He has always managed to come up with innovative solutions to the business problems, ones that have proved to be cheaper to implement and provide greater customer satisfaction in the long-term. He has always taken the approach of discovering the essence of the business problem before leaping into technical solutions, and customers provide glowing references to James’s skills. James also speaks on various aspects of Business Analysis to organisations across the UK including running popular workshops at the Government IT Profession Conference. He is a co-founder of the Business Change Special Interest Group of the BCS.
Recognized by the Project Management Institute as “Best of the Best” in 2010, Prasad is a project management lecturer, coach and practitioner with 30 years of experience. He has spoken in more than 40 countries. His clients include 25 Fortune 100 companies. He is a co- or contributing author on seven books. Prasad is co-founder and president of Kodukula & Associates, Inc., a project management training and coaching company, and Neochloris, Inc., an algae biofuel company, both located in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Allan Kelly is London based and works for Software Strategy where he provides training and consulting in Agile practices. He specialises in working with software product companies, aligning company strategy with products and processes. In addition to numerous journal articles and conference presentations he is the author of “Business Patterns for Software Developers” (2012) and Changing Software Development: Learning to become Agile (2008). He is also the originator of Retrospective Dialogue Sheets (www.dialoguesheets.com). More about Allan at http://softwarestrategy.co.uk/allankelly and on Twitter as @allankellynet.
Jutta Eckstein is an independent coach, consultant and trainer from Braunschweig, Germany. Her know-how in agile processes is based on over fifteen yearsâ€™ experience in project and product development. She has helped many teams and organizations all over the world to make the transition to an agile approach. She has a unique experience in applying agile processes within medium-sized to large distributed mission-critical projects. This is also the topic of her books ‘Agile Software Development in the Large’ and ‘Agile Software Development with Distributed Teams’. She is a member of the AgileAlliance and a member of the program committee of many different European and American conferences in the area of agile development, object-orientation and patterns. In 2011, Jutta has been elected into the Top 100 most important persons of the German IT.
Consultant based in Stockholm, Sweden. He has a Masters degree in Computer Science from the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, in Stockholm. Thomas has been working as a developer for more than 20 years. He has taught programming at The Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, one the leading technical universities in Sweden. Thomas has developed an obsession for technical excellence. This translates to Software Craftsmanship, Clean Code, Testing and Automation.
Andrew Kendall believes in learning through play. At age 15, he’d impressed the people at the Lego toy company so much they hired him. Since this very first job, Andrew has held a variety of analysis and change roles is a now a Consultant and Trainer to both government and private sector organisations. Andrew specialises in using imaginative and creative ways to elicit project outcomes. He is currently Manager of â€˜Customer Centralâ€™, a collaborative problem solving space in the Transport portfolio for the New South Wales Government in Sydney Australia. Andrew holds an MBA from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Major in Strategic Information Technology and a Diploma in Marketing Management. He is the Director of ThinkAnalyse Consulting in both the UK and Australia. When not working at ThinkAnalyse, Andrew consults to childrenâ€™s hospitals, designing play programmes for volunteers after successfully leading a programme at Londonâ€™s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
In his role of Principal Technology Officer and Global Agile Thoughtleader at Capgemini, Sander is continuously involved in the innovation of software development processes, requirements, architectures, patterns, frameworks and technologies, both at Capgemini and its many international clients. Sander has coached organizations, projects, teams and individuals. He is a member several advisory and editorial boards, and he is the chief architect of Capgemini’s agile Accelerated Delivery Platform (ADP). Sander has published over 200 articles and columns in international magazines. His first agile book “Smart. Collaborating successfully in software development” was published in 2003. His second book “Pragmatic modeling with UML 2.0” was published in 2004. His most recent book “This Is Agile” is recommended as being “the best book on agile in the Dutch language” and was published in November 2012. A German translation “Das kleines Agile-Buch” followed in December 2012. Sander is a frequently asked and highly appreciated speaker at international conferences and seminars. He has delivered keynotes, talks and workshops on a wide variety of topics including agile, Scrum, Kanban, requirements, smart use cases, modeling, UML, software estimation, architecture, design patterns, and testing.
Passionate about adaptive, empirical approach to software development. I enjoy the challenge of forming resilient, creative and productive software teams, capable of fast delivery and comfortable with change. Whenever I can, I encourage organizations to move towards lightweight, lean, hence more efficient approach to software development (aka “fat-free” software development), often overcoming cultural and organizational reluctance.
Ian Mitchell has been a practicing Business Analyst for nearly 15 years, and has been teaching BAs for more than 10. He has managed and mentored large teams of BAs in multi-national organisations, and is the author of the “eaDocX” document generator for the popular Sparx Enterprise Architect tool. He is also a frequent speaker and IIBA and industry conferences.
Jackie is an experienced Project Manager, in Waterfall, Agile and hybrid development environments. Jackie loves to work with all kinds of stakeholders to deliver excellence: quality projects, on time and to cost. Jackie has 25 years of experience as a manager, trainer and consultant in various high technology industries including Aerospace, Health, IT, Telecoms and Web.
Well-organized leader and expert in project management field with experience in IT & E-commerce industries. Always keeps Team in the centre. Value and results focused with flexible and agile approach. Individual with proven achievements in project & business management, process improvement and team leadership. Experienced in managing geographically distributed, multi-disciplinary projects and customer teams. Capable of leading and motivating individuals to build cohesive teams. Project management mentor. Certified by PMI, APMG and Scrum.org. Experienced in project excellence awards assessments. Volunteer. PMI Poland Chapter Board Member. PMI Agile CoP Chapter Engagement Representative. IT Governance and AgilePMO Manager at Allegro Group.
Joseph da Silva is currently Head of Service Design at British Gas and over the last 12 years has held senior roles within Business Analysis for organisations including Virgin Media, IBM and Skandia. He is also currently the President of the UK Chapter of the IIBA and authored “What is a Business Analyst…and why do I need one?”. As a founder member of pragnalysis.com, a website offering entirely free Business Analysis resources, templates and tools, he is passionate about the free exchange of ideas and knowledge across the BA community. Currently writing his second book, entitled Business Analysis in Practice, in his spare time he is a keen musician, photographer and runner.
Tadeusz Golonka is an experienced manager, consultant, and an academic lecturer with 20 years of active involvement in Information Technology. His professional record includes co-founding CDN SA, the leading polish software manufacturer for small and medium-size businesses. As the Chief Technology Officer and the Vice President (11 years) he was the co-creator and co-architect of popular and bestselling business software package solutions.
Jose is a Project Management Professional since 2005, the seventh European to be certified as PMIâ€™s OPM3 CC and the first European to be certified as an OPM3 CC trainer. Global Vice-President for the group Ambithus. Professor for several Universities, being in charge of the development of several courses and master classes, essentially on Project Management and Finance. He has published several papers, on Project Management and on Balanced Scorecard amongst others. Founder of the IIBA Portugal Chapter and PMI Portugal Chapter.
Michele Maritato is an Electronic Engineer, with an MBA degree and the PMP, CBAP and PMI-RMP certifications. He is currently attending the PMI Leadership Master Class. He has over 20 years experience in Project Management and Business Analysis in many industries. Since 2012 he is Director of the IIBA. Since 2006 he is Vice President Organization of PMI-NIC and responsible for the P3MO (Project / Program / Portfolio Management Office) Observatory. In 2010 was nominated President ad-interim of the PMI-NIC. Since 2008 he is Vice President Education and Training of IIBA Italy Chapter. He is partner of PMProgetti.
Zbigniew “Zib” Korendo is currently the Head of Engineering at Power Systems unit in ABB Poland. Over the last 16 years has held various project management roles at ABB Corporate Research, with experience in both technology and IT projects with multinational teams. Established a training program where teaches on leadership vs management skills in managing effective project teams. Also a founder of Aware Winedrinking Foundation, a passionate wine geek and adept educator himself.
After 20+ years of experience in the IT sector with hand’s on experience in most roles, Matthew now helps organisations do Agile better by addressing not just the Agile teams but the whole organisation. What motivates him is simple: “When done well, Agile organisations allow their people to go home satisfied, fulfilled having contributed. It changes people lives, for the better”. He is a member of the DSDM Consortium, Scrum Alliance, PMI, IIBA and is a core team member of both the Swiss ICT Lean, Agile & Scrum and is a steward of the global Stoos Network movement. He is also the founder of the Swiss Agile Project Management / DSDM Community.
Michael has been a business analyst and project manager since the 1970’s, with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Visa USA, and Sabre Holdings; these organizations have in common world-class, high-speed transaction processing over broad networks, within strictly regulated environments. He particularly enjoys projects that deliver point-of-use client applications through which customers interact with the system, because of the challenge of balancing productivity and usability on the front-end â€¦ and of balancing technology and people overall. With a broad background comprising various corporate technical roles in complex scenarios and complicated situations, and with a career spanning punchcards to iPads, Michael leans more toward practice than theory, at least during office hours.
Andrzej Przewiezlikowski an MBA and engineer with master’s degree in IT – is working at Comarch since 1998 starting as a programmer and system designer. In 2003 he moved to USA when he worked as a Solution Manager â€“ building BSS/OSS solutions for customers in both North and Latin America. With the market knowledge gathered at that period he has returned to Poland to work as Product Manager in Telecommunication sector in areas of real time service control systems, business process management and Self service solutions. In 2005 he became manager of Strategic Research Center which major role is to create vision of new market areas and products, and coordination of the participation of Comarch in research projects. From 2006 he also held the position of Chief Technology Officer of Comarch S.A. In the end 2007 he decided to move on closer to the business side of IT and joined Loyalty & Airlines Systems group in Comarch taking a position of Application Consulting Director and transforming the organization to offer wider product portfolio. Currently as Business Unit Manager manages international team responsible for consulting, implementation and R&D in are of CRM & Marketing solutions for retail, airlines, banking and telecommunication.
My goal at the university was to prepare myself for the role of manager who understands both business and IT environment and can successfully connect these two worlds. I do believe this is one of the most important aspects of supporting innovative organisations today.â€œ Wojciech Dymowski is constantly following this path by working closely with customers and end-users â€“ both internal and external â€“ and representing their point of view in IT projects. Wojciech Dymowski has always been fascinated with new technologies and new methods supporting successfully delivery of projects. He is practitioner holding certificates in project and programme management; currently working as leader of team consisting of consultants and project managers and manages Poznan Branch of Project Management Institute Poland Chapter. He is author and co-author of papers in the business process modelling area, telecommunication market and optimization. He shares his passion at seminars, conferences, universities and as project management trainer.
Agile-Lean trainer with background in project management. Performed interactive workshops in three continents exploring how multicultural teams affect effectiveness. Strongly believes Scrum is the right approach not only to build trust and co-operation, but also to make money in IT industry. Willing to grow Agile teams and foster Lean organizations. Recently interested in topics of culture change and mindset shift that has to happen while moving from “waterfall” to Agile, as well as in adjusting corporate processes and policy to fit the lightweight approach.