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David M. Wennergren, Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense

Dave WennergrenDave Wennergren has over 30 years of leadership experience in information technology and change management across the Department of Defense and federal government.  Currently he serves as the Department of Defense Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer, where he is the principal deputy to the DoD Deputy Chief Management Officer and champions the Department’s efforts to better synchronize, integrate and optimize DoD business operations to improve effectiveness and increase efficiency.  He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management, Integration and Technology/Deputy Chief Information Officer, where he led the information technology and information management efforts for the Department of Defense.  In addition to these duties, Mr. Wennergren served for five years as Vice Chair of the U.S. Government’s Federal CIO Council, and has also served as Chair of the Committee for National Security Systems and Chair of the Department of Defense Identity Protection and Management Senior Coordinating Group.

International Keynote

Combat Identification Server: How Agile Helped the MoD With Critical Capability Identification (CIDS)

Brian Wernham, Agile Project Management Consultant, UK, and Author, Agile Project Management for Government

Steve Messenger, Chairman of the DSDM Consortium

Brian Wernham has more than 30 years’ experience in adaptive change program leadership.  He is an independent consultant and works in both the public sector and the private sector.  He has extensive international experience in the USA, UK, Canada, Hong Kong, Germany and offshore development in Bangalore.

About the Book

Agile Project Management for Government
The indispensable guide to agile leadership for the public sector

The US Department of Defense canceled a Human Resources project after 12 years of wasted effort:  $1bn was written off, costing every US taxpayer $100. The UK government terminated an emergency fire services project, and £469m was written off in a single year. Just one failure amongst many…

Large government technical development projects self-destruct on a regular basis despite intense political scrutiny and detailed audit.

This book explains how agile leadership reduces the risks of failure in Government.  It is essential reading for leaders in central, federal and local government and for senior managers in companies with government clients.

Highlights include:

  • Reasons why many large change projects have failed and how to ensure yours doesn’t
  • The 9 Agile Leadership Behaviors for success!
  • The low-down on US and UK government rules, regulations and strategies
  • How to lead successful projects using Scrum and DSDM

The first 75 attendees to arrive at the workshop will receive a copy of Brian's book courtesy of the DSDM Consortium and the book's publisher.

Steve Messenger is Chairman of the DSDM Consortium and a leader in agile development.  Steve is Software Engineering Manager for Napp Pharmaceuticals and has been involved in Agile since its inception, DSDM being one of the signatories of the Agile Manifesto, and was also pioneering iterative approaches to software development from the mid 1990s.  As well as managing many Agile projects, Steve has implemented DSDM into the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry. Steve is a Certified DSDM Practitioner, Trainer and Examiner and has co-authored papers on DSDM and PRINCE2,  applying DSDM in an offshore environment and using DSDM with PMBOK. 

About the DSDM Consortium

The DSDM Consortium is a not for profit organisation.

Mission statement

The mission of the DSDM Consortium is to develop and promote best practice and learning for successful Agile projects.

DSDM is all about scalable Agile delivery of projects and programmes with the right amount of governance and control that enables innovation.

Visit the web site.

DAU Speaker

Scaling Agility - Agile Systems Engineering

Dr. Matthew R. Kennedy, Professor of Software Engineering, Defense Acquisition University (DAU)

Matt KennedyMatthew R. Kennedy is a Professor of Software Engineering at Defense Acquisition University (DAU). Previously he was the Associate Director of Engineering at the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT). 

He served in the U.S. Air Force as a network intelligence analyst and has more than 13 years of experience in Information Technology. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science and Software Engineering.


Closing Keynote Speaker

The Management Revolution that is Happening Today: How the era of Radical Management has already begun

Steve DenningSteve Denning, Management Consultant, author of The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: Re-inventing the Workplace for the 21st Century

Steve is the author of the award-winning books, The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: Re-inventing the Workplace for the 21st Century  (Jossey-Bass, 2010), The Secret Language of Leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2007) and  The Leader's Guide to Storytelling (Jossey-Bass, 2005).

From 1996 to 2000, Steve was the Program Director, Knowledge Management at the World Bank where he spearheaded the organizational knowledge sharing program.

In November 2000, Steve Denning was selected as one of the world’s ten Most Admired Knowledge Leaders (Teleos)

He now works with organizations in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia on leadership, innovation, business narrative and most recently, radical management.

His most recent book, The Leader's Guide to Radical Management, can be found on Amazon.

About the Book

A radical new management model for twenty-first century leaders
The principles described by award-winning author Stephen Denning simultaneously inspire high productivity, continuous innovation, deep job satisfaction and client delight. Denning puts forward a fundamentally different approach to management, with seven inter-locking principles of continuous innovation: focusing the entire organization on delighting clients; working in self-organizing teams; operating in client-driven iterations; delivering value to clients with each iteration; fostering radical transparency; nurturing continuous self-improvement and communicating interactively. In sum, the principles comprise a new mental model of management.

Learn more about Steve's writings and work by visiting his web site.

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