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ACD Chapter Meeting: How to make Agile Work in the Real World

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 -
17:45 to 19:30

Struggling to make Agile work? You're not alone. Find out how to address the pitfalls and be successful.

Has your organization moved to an Agile software development life cycle (SDLC), and are you struggling to make it work? Would it surprise you to know that your organization is not alone in this struggle?

If so many organizations are struggling with Agile, why has it become the industry standard? Our industry needed to find something better than Waterfall, and at its core Agile is a good idea. But, in my humble opinion, Agile has three fatal flaws. Having identified these flaws my company has created an Agile-esq SDLC that overcomes them, allowing us to get the best out of Agile. Compared to pure Agile, our SDLC decreases churn, so lowering cost and time to completion, and vastly improves the quality of the finished product.

I will share with you what I see as Agile’s three fatal flaws, and how we at Athena get around them. As is often the case, us business analysts are a big part of the solution!


5:45 Networking

6:00 Announcements

6:15 Feature Presentation

7:15 Question & Answer Session

Presenter: Annie Rayhill

Annie Rayhill is founder and CEO of the software consulting company Athena Consultants. Athena helps companies scale by optimizing their business processes and software tools. They also consult with other IT departments on how to implement an Agile software development life cycle.

Annie has had six distinct careers, some in the IT realm and some in education. Her IT experience includes being a systems analyst for Fidelity Investments, as well as defining and implementing the product development process used by DEKA Research and Development to develop Segway. In the world of education, Annie taught math at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and was the principal of a private Montessori elementary school.

Annie has a Master’s degree in Education, and the British equivalent of a Master’s degree in Pure Mathematics. She has her PMI-PBA certification and is a Certified Scrum Master.


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