January 2014

Selling Agile

CHAOS Tuesday #33 is on Selling AgileWe have talked a lot about agile in many of the CHAOS Tuesday programs.  We have had several guests and subjects on agile such as retrospectives, quality, value, and collaboration.  Now what if you decide you need to move to agile. You need to sell agile to your management to get approval and to your peers in accepting the new paradigm. Additionally, how to get Agile started and grow agile in your organization. Our guest is John Slaby, an Engineering Fellow at Raytheon. John provides insight on how he sells agile to his management and his peers at Raytheon. In this program we explore:


  • How to get management to fund an agile practice
  • 3 most important organizational obstacles to overcome
  • How to expand from the initial team and pilot
  • How to increase agile adoptions
  • Difference between an agile practice and transformation

Part of CHAOS Tuesday: looks at resources that can be used to sell Agile in your organization.

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John Slaby

John Slaby is an Engineering Fellow at Raytheon with over 25 years experience in software and systems engineering. At Raytheon, he has been a Software Architect on numerous programs and was the Principal Investigator for research projects on model-driven software development and domain-specific modeling languages. He is currently the engineering lead on an applied research project bringing innovations in tools, processes and practices to the software engineering organization.



Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson is the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 40 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on project performance and early recognizing technology trends. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through case-based analytical technology.


Jim Crear

Jim is the chief information officer and architect for The Standish Group International. He is an experienced executive with over 40 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. He has had a diverse career leading IT organizations in academia, biomedical, manufacturing, and software companies.


Rick Brutti

Rick Brutti has more than 30 years as an entrepreneur and business consultant, assisting companies in raising capital and financial management.


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