Bringing Focus and Alignment to Agile Teams via the Agile VMO

june, 2020

10jun6:00 pm7:30 pmFeaturedBringing Focus and Alignment to Agile Teams via the Agile VMO6:00 pm - 7:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my timeOnline event Event Organized By: DC Lean + Agile Time has ran out! Better luck next time!

Event Details

Pop into Zoom to connect with other Agilists and dig into value management in our next DC Lean+Agile Meetup.

Everyone is welcome at this casual meetup. Listen in or add to the discussion, and share/seek opportunities with the extensive DC Lean+Agile network.

6:00-6:10: Connect to Zoom
6:10-6:30: Introduction & Networking Break-Out
6:30-7:30: Presentation & Interactive Discussion

*The Zoom link and password will be emailed the day of the event.


One of the basic tenets of agility is the idea of the dedicated team, working collectively and collaboratively on clearly delineated problems, opportunities, value alignment, and execution.

Theoretically, this approach balances long-term strategic planning with focused efforts by the team within small timeboxes where they are largely protected from change. However, in the real world, many teams find themselves yanked from one thing to another on a regular basis, buffeted by sudden in-flight requests and weakly planned interventions by stakeholders, with little visibility into or control over the incoming pipeline. This is a recipe for poor quality, bad morale, and inelegant products. How can we address dynamic demand like this in a more structured and rational fashion without overwhelming the team?

In this interactive discussion, Arlen Bankston, Co-Founder of LitheSpeed and Bob Payne, SVP of Transformation and Coaching, will share how this fundamental problem can be resolved with minimal overhead through an Agile VMO® (Value Management Office). Learn how teams can work with middle management and leadership to cleanly align their tactical work with dynamic organizational strategy, thus reducing stress, improving flow, and enhancing product quality.

Drawing on real-life case studies, we’ll explore some simple, tactical steps to bringing some order to your portfolio and sanity to your teams:
Connecting Strategic Goals to Tactical Execution with OKRs
Bringing focus and visibility to the pipeline with Value Planning & Prioritization Meetings
Managing in-flight changes and dependencies in a structured manner through Value Update and Dependency Management Meetings.

Agile VMO® is a trademark of LitheSpeed, LLC.

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Arlen Bankston
One of LitheSpeed’s founders, Arlen Bankston, is an industry-leading agile and lean expert, author, speaker, management consultant, and trainer. With 15+ years in the industry, Arlen has led Agile and Lean deployment and managed process improvement projects at hundreds of clients in highly diverse industries, such as Marriott, Capital One, Neustar, CCP Games, T. Rowe Price, Freddie Mac, and the Armed Forces Benefits Association.

Bob Payne
Bob Payne was an early adopter of Extreme Programming, Scrum and SAFe; he has worked exclusively as a Lean+Agile Transformation leader since 1999. Bob hosts the Agile Toolkit podcast and has produced over 170 episodes, recording various industry leaders and Agile practitioners. He founded the AgileDC conference, which is a “For-Benefit” event put on by volunteers from the Agile community. His consulting and training style is built on years of Lean+Agile experience, an MSEE in Computer Architectures for Artificial Intelligence, and having grown up working in his family’s restaurant, you can expect a blend of technical excellence and customer service.


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