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Seminar: "Age of Agile: A hybrid Approach for Reaching New Heights"

Tuesday, August 21 located at Normandale Community College, Alan’s dynamic program focuses on agile thinking, tools and strategies as well as comparing and contrasting these elements to a more traditional waterfall approach.  


 It is an engaging visual and educational journey that is supported by many of the vivid photos and short videos captured along the expedition. Alan’s program reinforces the importance of numerous project areas such as strategic planning, effective communication, risk management, teamwork and development of trust within professional relationships as well as the mentality and passion involved in conquering one’s own ‘Everest’.

The real story is much more than the climb; it is about a purpose-driven team that set an ambitious goal, committed to the planning and preparation, persevered with passion and achieved success. The powerful strategies and skills that contributed to this achievement, especially during the intense and at many times critical situations, can be applied to all projects.

Alan highlights various technical and strategic components throughout his program. Some of these elements include:

  • Reframing activities to focus on goals and results rather than tasks and methodologies
  • Adaptive planning based on current knowledge and goals
  • Empowering team members to make critical decisions
  • Defining roles and responsibilities
  • Responding quickly and efficiently to issues that arise
  • Strategies for flexibility and working through change
  • Overcoming communication and interpersonal challenges
  • A sample precedence diagram for attempting Everest
  • A risk breakdown structure for project Everest
  • Analyzing risks for impact and likelihood and developing response strategies
  • A work breakdown structure and importance of time management
  • Overcoming adversity and internal challenges
  • Making critical decisions and taking appropriate action
  • Adopting an iterative approach
  • Continuous identification and evaluation of risks