Adapting to the Warfighter

June 20, 2017
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
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Lozier Professional Center in West Omaha
2810 North 118th Street
Omaha , NE 68146

Mike Ballou and Darin Plum work within the defense industry managing and implementing projects. Their presentation will outline how the Department of Defense is implementing Agile into project management practices. 


About Mike:

  • Software and Systems Engineering background
    • BS Computer Engineering, MS Systems Engineering
  • 15 years of industry experience
    • 5 years software engineer
    • 10 years as systems engineer in Air Force Program Management Office
  • Advocate for Agile practices within waterfall-oriented DoD Acquisition System
    • PMO responsible for balancing needs of Users, Functional Managers, Contracting, Development Contractors, all while demonstrating DoD Policy Compliance
  • Co-founded Agile for Defense in April 2013
    • Safe place for community to share ideas and learn Agile practices (350+ members)
  • Presented Agile for Defense on occasions
    • Agile Principles
    • Contracting Agile Projects
    • Pomodoro Technique


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About Darin:

  • Software Engineering background (BS & MS in Computer Science)
  • Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) & Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)
  • 19 years of industry experience
    • 13 years in traditional waterfall (CMMI Level 5)
    • 6 years working with Agile practices
  • Led Agile transition for multiple organization
    • Large multi-term dev/science organization representing military,GS, and multiple contracting companies transitioning fro waterfall to Agile (Scrum/Kanban)
    • Corporate leadership role coaching and shaping the Agile processes
    • Program Management of a project built with Agile practice from beginning
  • Co-founded Agile for Agile-for-Defense in 2013
    • Safe place for community to share ideas and learn Agile practices (350+ members)
  • Presented at Nebraska.code() and Prairie.Code()





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