Richard Cheng

About the Presenter

Richard Cheng

Richard Cheng

Richard Cheng, Principal Consultant at Excella Consulting, provides consulting services to commercial and federal clients in the Washington, DC area. Richard coaches, mentors, and trains clients in understanding and implementing Agile and Scrum. He also leads Excella’s Training practice.

A graduate of Virginia Tech, Richard has authored several publications on project management, presented at Agile and PMI sponsored industry events, is a member of Mensa, and holds certifications including Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) and Project Management Professional (PMP). Richard is a founder and on the executive committee of the Agile Defense Adoption Proponents Team (ADAPT).

Title: Agile Patterns and Anti-Patterns: Are we being Agile?

As common practice, more and more teams and organizations are adopting Agile methods. These teams go to training courses, learn the processes, techniques, and practices behind Agile methods like Scrum, Kanban, and SAFe. However, Agile is more then just a set of rituals and practices. Agile is based on core beliefs and principles. When teams implement their practices and create their processes, are they really being “Agile”?

This interactive session will examine a set of frequently occurring scenarios. Using the principles of the Agile manifesto, the session will map decisions that are made within the scenarios back to the Agile principles and if decisions represents an Agile pattern (which is good) or if they conflict with the Agile principles and represent an Agile anti-pattern (bad).

Coming out of this sessions, attendees will be able to relate decisions their teams have made on their projects and be better equipped to identify whether or not their decisions are based on Agile principles or if their decisions are contrary to core Agile concepts and principles. With this information, attendees will be better equipped to follow Agile principles in their decision making process.

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