Role of a Project Manager in an Agile Environment

Event Details

Apr 05, 2016
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
1355 NW Everett St
Portland, OR 97209

TAO Member: $10Non Member: $25


Venue Sponsor

Project Management Community Sponsor

The traditional role of a Project Manager is evolving. In the world of technology Project Managers who have relied on a highly structured model that imposes timelines in a long term project plan, working Agile may seem quite incompatible; even possibly traumatic.

Join the TAO Project Management Community in a discussion on the Role of the Project Manager in an Agile Environment on Tuesday, April 5th at 5:30 pm at CENTRL Office.

Some questions we’ll be pondering:
What the heck does a Project Manager do in an Agile environment?
What are the difference between Product Owner vs. Project Manager?
How do you manage client facing expectations?
How do the framework, processes, interactions with stakeholders change?
How do you estimate in Agile?


Jay Haldors
Sr. Development Project Manager, Viewpoint Construction Software

Jay Haldors is a Development Program Manager at Viewpoint Construction Software. He is focused on the development of Viewpoints core products and works directly with the product development teams in an agile development environment. He has 18 years of high tech experience in Project Management and holds multiple certifications, including PMP, ACP, CSM and ITIL. He is married and has two boys, a crazy cat, and a old house that always needs work. For fun he loves to travel and photography, and enjoys triathlons when he can a way to work them into his schedule.

Jean Richardson
Principal, Azure Gate Consulting

Over the course of nearly 25 years, Jean has become experienced in coaching, agile and traditional project management, requirements and business analysis, and training. Her experience and career path have spanned both traditional and agile methods, frameworks, and cultural perspectives. The agile leadership model she espouses, Pervasive Leadership, is designed to help leaders set a collaborative context while still meeting their own stewardship responsibilities to the organization. In addition to coaching and managing projects, Jean has been a Multnomah County Court mediator for the last 13 years and served as a Better Business Bureau arbitrator. She currently serves on the Agile PDX coordinating committee, is co-founder of the Leadership Salon, serves in the role of PMI Chapter Engagement Representative for the Agile Community of Practice in Portland, and is a member of the Portland Chapter mentoring committee. 

Chris Tobias
Lead Services Integrator, GE Healthcare 

Chris Tobias builds great teams to solve tough problems.  With more than 20 years’ experience in Healthcare software, business leadership, organizational change and customer service, he works hard to create a clear vision of excellence and inspire people to bring their best work to the table.  As Lead Services Integrator for GE Healthcare his teams have tackled numerous complex software releases, new product launches and  business transformation efforts.  He is deeply experienced with project management methodologies, Lean methods and Agile business transformation. As a speaker and author Mr. Tobias loves to engage audiences in thought provoking conversations about technology, health and personal transformation.  He has taught Project Management and has both PMP and Six Sigma certifications. He also co-chairs the Technology Association of Oregon’s Digital Health Community which hosts Oregon’s largest health innovation events and forums. Outside of the office Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and two very active children, cycling and tinkering with inventions in the garage.


Melissa LaFrance
Project Manager

Melissa may be the only person you meet who can credit North Korean missile lobbing for the accidental discovery of her ultimate career path.  She not only discovered that what she was passionate about all along was a feasible career path,  but years later continues to spend much of her free time engaged in hobbies such as captaining a dragon boat, planning networking events and huge parties and undertaking major DIY projects; which use the same Project Management skills. Melissa's career has ranged from wireless industry construction project management to managing web and mobile software development projects with project teams across three continents; after a short stint as a professional bartending class taster. About four years ago Melissa first discovered the Agile Manifesto and learned that iterative progress and empowerment of your subject matter experts wasn't everyone's de-facto project process.  Maybe it should be.