August 2018 Dinner Meeting: Agile-Fall: The Best of Both Worlds!

August 09, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Brookhaven Country Club
3333 Golfing Green Dr
Farmers Branch, TX 75234
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Speaker Biography
Mechelle Davidson is a Program Manager in Vistra Energy’s delivery office. She has worked for Vistra Energy and its retail arm, TXU Energy, for 10 years in both a project and people management capacity. With responsibility for implementing complex projects and programs, Mechelle’s current role has led her to the agile methodology, where she has developed a distinctive technique for blending traditional waterfall tasks with the scrum framework. A certified project management professional (PMP), scrum master (CSM), and six sigma black belt (CSSBB), Mechelle is passionate about project management and finds opportunities to use these skills both in and out of the workplace. Mechelle’s professional background includes project management, process improvement, learning & development, and consulting.                                                       

Rachel Higgs is a Senior Project Manager in Vistra Energy’s delivery office. She began her career with Vistra Energy as part of TXU Energy’s prestigious analyst program. Rachel has been instrumental in several large programs, implementing critical regulatory enhancements integral to the industry. As a scrum master for technology services, Rachel has led agile teams responsible for product creation, website and mobile technology. Rachel is a certified project management professional (PMP), scrum master (CSM), and she is ITIL certified. Rachel has an extensive background in project management, regulatory processes, and communications.

Keynote Synopsis
Why does it take so long to launch a new product? That’s the question that started us down the Agile-Fall path. Vistra Energy had been migrating to an agile environment for two years when our leadership tasked us with creating a team with the goal to improve our speed-to-market for new products. The journey to form this agile team took an unexpected turn that has proven advantageous to our products team as well as other operational teams. As we created our charter, we realized the agile methodology alone couldn’t get us to our goal. Tackling this challenge required us to be innovative and develop a new type of implementation that our company had never attempted. Agile was the perfect framework to create our products; however, launching those products required a more traditional waterfall approach. Thus Agile-Fall at Vistra was born. This idea was met with much skepticism at first. Those who were waterfall purists thought that the team would not succeed with our transition to agile. Those who were early adopters of agile at Vistra Energy felt that incorporating waterfall components into our new product creation process would be an anchor around our necks. It was clear within the first year, though, that we had hit upon something wonderful. The blending of these two worlds has allowed us to not only launch our products over 30% faster, it has also increased trust between our technology and business teams. It truly is the best of both worlds!

Schedule

5:30-6:45 Registration 
5:30-6:30 
     - Blue Dot/Green Dot (Job Seekers/Job Offerers networking) 
     - Open Area:  Standup Networking, Library, Book Review program, Sponsors and other tables 
6:00-6:30 Poolside Room:  Free PM Think Tank facilitated discussion or New Member Orientation
6:30-7:00 Table Networking and Dinner
7:00-7:30 Welcome and Announcements
7:30-8:30 Presentation* 

* As a courtesy to our speakers and guests, admission to the meeting is prohibited after 7 pm sharp. Refunds will not be provided.

Menu 

  • Caesar Salad
  • Chicken Picatta Pasta with Garlic Butter
  • Roasted Rosemary Vegetables
  • Turtle Pecan Cheesecake
  • Iced Tea, Coffee

Vegetarian Option:  Mediterranean Penne Pasta with Wild Mushrooms, Toasted Pine Nuts, Crispy Onion
(Note:  Menu items subject to change due to availability)

Vegetarian Meals
If you would like a vegetarian meal, please place your order by Thursday the week before the dinner meeting.  Vegetarian meals may not be an available option the day of the event or if you register at the door.

Cancellations and Refund Policy:  
Full refunds will be granted if request is submitted before the defined early bird deadline identified for the event. Partial refunds of 50% of the course registration fee will be refunded if the cancellation request is received after the early bird deadline but prior to the day of delivery for the event. Please refer to the Refund and Cancellation Policy for additional information.

PDU
PMI Dallas Chapter Dinner meetings are 1.5-PDU events per PMI CCR guidelines. For instructions on how to claim your PDUs for this event, please go to Reporting PDUs for 1-2 PDU meetings or events.

Photo Release
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Tickets

$45.00 PMI Dallas Chapter Member
$35.00 Earlybird rate before August 6

$45.00 Non-Members and Guests
$35.00 Earlybird rate before August 6

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