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PDE 2021 Keynote - Has the PMO become the death star for an agile transformation - Live

Keynote for the PMI Baltimore Chapter 2021 Professional Development Event

PMI Baltimore Chapter – Virtual Site Meeting - Live

Title: Has the PMO become the death star for an agile transformation

Date and Time: Thursday, October 14th, 10:00 AM EDT

Cost: $5 for members; $10 for non-members.

You must be logged in as a member to receive the member discount; no credits will be provided if you are not logged in. There will be no refunds or credits issued for this meeting.

PDUs: This educational event qualifies for 1.00 Strategic PDU. Attendees will have 1 PDU registered on their behalf.

Presenter: Michael Nir

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In the turning point of the software digital age where organizations face a Cambrian Extinction - the scientific application of flow, agile, lean, design thinking, lean start up, lean UX, and DevOps together with high performing teams is crucial to business survival; However, the empire strikes back and traditional, Taylorism backed frozen middle led by the PMO (project/program management office) is countering with a vengeance.

While scrum masters, agile coaches and lean agile evangelists are struggling in the trenches and in board rooms; The laggards adopt military style vernacular to make combat. They have MS project Gantt chart JIRA to throw off the assault and they don’t hesitate using it.

The rebels make futile attempts to stab with the Spotify way, LESS and DADs to weaken the assault but to little avail. The responses they hear see taste and smell are always the same: “agile can’t work for this organization, you must flex it to our specific needs.”

Can the rebel opposition find the weak spot of the death star?

Is there another way?

Let’s Explore together the essentials of successful lean agile and DevOps change initiatives – we’ll find surprising truths about what makes and breaks agile changes in organizations.


Michael Nir, President Sapir Consulting US, is an enterprise Lean Agile DevOps expert; known for his passion, creativity and innovation.

His Masters in Engineering, certification in Project Management and training in Gestalt balance his technical know-how with emotional intelligence. He inspires people and teams to change, experientially and emotionally, while climbing the hill AND reaching the summit.

The author of twelve books on influence, consumer experience, and Lean Agile management, Michael delivers practical skills gained from eighteen years of experience leading change at global organizations in diverse industries such as: Intel, Philips Healthcare, United Healthcare, DnB, Volvo, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Unilever and many others. He is masterful at connecting the dots between human behavior, business systems and work environment to drive highly productive teams and lead individuals to communicate effectively.


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Event Properties

Event Date 10-14-2021 11:00 am
Event End Date 10-14-2021 12:00 pm
Registration Start Date 09-26-2021
Cut Off Date 10-13-2021 11:30 pm
Individual Price $5 Member Price; $10 Non-Member Price
No. of Strategic PDUs 1
Location (Click link for address) Virtual Meetings
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