Disciplined Agile Conference: One-of-its-kind Learning Experience
PMI South Asia

Agile enthusiasts in South Asia got an opportunity to learn about Disciplined AgileTM (DA) at the first DA Conference on 5 and 6 December 2020. The conference was co-hosted by PMI Kerala Chapter and PMI Pearl City Hyderabad Chapter, with the support of the other chapters in the region and the PMI South Asia team.

The conference themed “Disciplined Agile: Unlock Business Agility” brought practitioners onto one platform to learn how to overcome the challenges of managing projects in today’s work environment and drive business agility using the DA toolkit.

This conference was offered free and was open to any practitioner who follows predictive, adaptive, agile, lean, and hybrid approaches to deliver project outcomes. It attracted over 3,500 registrations from 58 countries. Transformation leaders from across the globe, who represented different industry verticals, shared their experiences in enterprise agility, digital transformation, and DA. The conference featured keynotes, real-world case studies, a panel discussion, and an engaging question and answer session.

The conference opened with a welcome address by Krishnakumar T I, president, PMI Kerala Chapter, followed by opening remarks from Srini Srinivasan, managing director, PMI South Asia. Sunil Prashara, president and CEO of PMI, took the delegates through the DA roadmap and how organizations can benefit from the DA toolkit. He said, “Leaders today need a better way to handle uncertainty. They need to take a more blended approach to have better success. This is exactly what DA helps them to accomplish. It is a toolkit to address the actual problem at hand.”

The keynote speakers on day one were Stephen Townsend, Networks Engagement Facilitator, PMI; Krishnan Unni, associate partner, delivery leader, IBM; Rupesh Kumar Pati, associate professor, Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode; Nishore C L, director, engineering services, Cognizant Technology Solutions; Kamala R, assistant professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram; Al Shalloway, director for Thought Leadership of Agile at Scale, creator of DA FLEX, PMI.

PMI Kerala Chapter announced its new initiative, CanDAla – the torch bearers of DA, which will encourage volunteers certified in DA to spread awareness about DA in organizations.

On the second day, B Madhav Reddy, president, PMI Pearl City Hyderabad Chapter welcomed the delegates, followed by opening remarks by Girish Kadam, PMI regional mentor, South Asia region.

The keynote addresses on day two were by Galen Townson, PMI Board member, Audit Committee chair, and DA instructor; Mark Lines, vice president, Disciplined AgileTM, PMI; Scott W. Ambler, vice president and chief scientist, Disciplined AgileTM, PMI; and Brantlee J. Underhill, managing director, North America, PMI.

Venkat Reddy, vice president, PMI Pearl City Chapter, provided an overview of the agile certification journey and the new changes to DA certifications. The PMI Pearl City Hyderabad Chapter launched the DA Ambassador Program, with Madhav Reddy releasing the logo.

In a panel discussion on Challenges in Enterprise Agility, experts expounded on how to prepare one’s organization and teams for business agility. It was moderated by C. Venkata Reddy, vice president, PMI Pearl City Hyderabad Chapter. The panellists were Venkatachaliah Babu, head - Project Management Center of Excellence, Infosys; Daniel Gagnon, organizational agility advisor, Disciplined Agile fellow, instructor trainer and coach; Brijesh Shah, vice president, training & development, PMI Gujarat Chapter; and Nivarti Jayaram, vice president, head of transformation, Societe Generale Global Solution Centre.

A keenly awaited session was “Ask the Expert” in which Mr. Ambler and Mr. Lines answered a host of questions from the delegates.

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