10 Mars, 17h30

Agile Montreal and PMI-Montreal present: Disciplined Agile in practice: sharing knowledge and experiences

Twenty years ago, the signing of the Agile manifesto marked a turning point in the world of software development. Over the years, many professional sectors have appropriated agility and multiple working frameworks have thus been conceptualized and implemented to respond to organizational issues: SAFe, Kanban, Scrum ...

Disciplined Agile (DA) is a toolbox developed by Scott Ambler and Mark Lines at IBM between 2006 and 2012, before being integrated into the PMI in August 2019.

During this panel-workshop we will explore what is DA, some of its principles such as “choice is good”, “context matters” or “be pragmatic” and ask the question: Could this toolbox help in our Agile journey?



- Speaker: Karen Lewis, PMP, DASSM, DAC

Vice President of IT, Franklin Templeton Investments

Karen Lewis has been successfully delivering financial services projects for over 20 years at Franklin Templeton Investments in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL. Starting as a business analyst, she rose to project manager, program manager, director, and most recently Vice President of Information Technology. In her current role, Ms. Lewis provides leadership for the technology project management and transformation offices enabling technology change through program and project management and technology/digital transformation to the firm. Founded in New York in 1947, Franklin Templeton currently has 12,000 employees in 34 countries, with $1.4 trillion (USD) investment assets under management. Karen was certified as a Disciplined Agile Coach and Scrum Master years before DA became part of PMI, and she is also a very experienced PMP.



- Speaker: Daniel Gagnon

Independent advisor

Daniel Gagnon is an organizational agility advisor, coach, and trainer with close to three decades of diversified project management and IT experience. For the past ten years, he has specialized in spreading the values and principles of the agile movement, mostly within extremely large organizations. He is one of two PMI Disciplined Agile Fellows and 9 Instructor Trainers in the world; was an active and vocal member of the DA advisory council for years; has contributed snippets of thought to 3 books on DA, and trained hundreds of CDA, CDAPs, CDAIs, and more recently DALSMs on all levels of the DA toolkit (DAD, DA Enterprise, DA DevOps) across North America and Europe. Over the years, he has thus provided training to more than 2,000 individuals in DA, Scrum, SAFe, the PMI Montreal Chapter’s ACP test preparation course, a 40-hour agile project management class at Montreal’s McGill University, and finally the Agile Leadership Journey for leaders and executives. His agile coaching and training engagements over the past 10 years have been with clients from the Financial sector as well as Public utilities and government entities (Federal, Provincial and Municipal). He has coached at all levels, from executives to teams, as well as diverse roles (POs, Scrum Masters, Project Managers, Business Analysts, Business Intelligence specialists, etc.) Daniel describes himself as a passionate host leader and ethical disruptor. When not disrupting, he likes to cycle, collect early 20th century first editions of novels by British and American writers, and paint watercolours of urban landscapes he has photographed in his travels.



- Speaker: Bill Brantley 

Dr. Bill Brantley works in the U.S. Navy Inspector General Office as a Senior Training Specialist. He has been a program manager for the Emerging Leader Program and Supervisor Certificate Program at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where he also managed the Executive Coaching and the Career Coaching Programs. Dr. Brantley was awarded the 2019 Emerging Training Leader by Training Magazine and is IPMA-HR SCP, Certified Professional in Learning and Performance, and a Certified Professional in Training Management. He is a certified Project Management Professional, certified agile project manager, and is certified in Disciplined Agile. Dr. Brantley is an adjunct faculty member for the University of Louisville (20 years) and the University of Maryland (7 years). He is the author of the Persuasive Project Manager (2019) and Four Scenarios for the Future of the Federal Government (2019).



- Host: Eric Laramée

Coach, trainer, speaker and founder of Agile Partnership

Eric began writing software on the amazing VIC-20 at the tender age of 13. Almost three decades later, he’s still having a blast! Throughout his career he has acquired numerous valuable skills as a programmer, analyst and project manager and also holds a bachelor’s degree in psycho sociology.

Eric’s wide-ranging experiences come together to form an effective tool box for coaching teams on how to deliver high quality software that answers exactly to the client’s needs. As a trainer, ScrumMaster and Agile coach, Eric has had the good fortune to work with motivated individuals and teams from various industries such as gaming, insurance and avionics. Allowing people to take pride in their work is Eric’s ultimate goal on the road towards continuous improvement.