January Dinner Meeting


6:00 - 7:00 pm:           Check-in and Networking
6:30 - 8:00 pm:           Dinner and Dessert Buffet
7:00 - 7:30 pm:           Chapter Meeting and Announcements
7:30 - 8:30 pm:           Main Presentation

Main Presentation

The Intersection of Traditional Project Management and Agile

Mark Tolbert

Topic Summary         

We live in a very interesting time. Compared to just a couple of decades ago, there is much more volatility today in our marketplaces, the level of competition is much greater, and it's much more difficult for companies to survive. On the other hand, there are tremendous opportunities for companies if they can come up the right set of products and services at the right time.

As project managers, we are helping our companies survive in this difficult landscape. We are "agents of change" and "drivers of change." We are key to helping our companies survive in this volatile, difficult world. The most important project management methodology today that will help us deal with this change and this volatility is Agile. I believe all project managers need to come up-to-speed with at least the core principles involved, and understand how and why this is so important. PMI has also taken note, and for every Knowledge Area in Version Six of the PMBOK® Guide they have a section entitled, "Considerations for Agile/Adaptive Environments." Also, when they released and published Version Six, they also released the "Agile Practice Guide," and they partnered with the Agile Alliance in the writing of this book. They've informed project managers preparing to take the PMP Exam that concepts and topics from both books will be on the test today.

However, no one process or project management methodology fits all situations: Agile is not a panacea for all projects. We will discuss what types of projects are best suited for a more traditional project management approach. It also true that most projects are probably large enough, and complex enough, that a "hybrid approach" should be used. With some parts of the project, we can use more traditional or waterfall approaches, and other parts that require a lot of creativity and discovery are well suited for Agile.
Risk management is also always a key part of successful project management. The presentation will also explore how Agile methodologies provide different approaches for protecting the project from uncertainty than do the traditional methods. Specifically, we will examine three of the key risks that plague projects, and how Agile gives the project manager some important tools for helping mitigate or avoid these risks.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will learn and hear about:

  • Why we need Agile on many of our projects today.
  • How Agile helps us solve some of the key risks that occur on almost all projects.
  • Why being open-minded to different methodologies is very important, and why on many projects, a hybrid approach should be used.
  • Agile is not an easy solution to all our problems. There are downsides to using Agile! We will discuss some of these.
  • Upper management must understand that they need to embrace Agile too, and it is not just a productivity tool for the project teams. The Agile culture must be adopted more broadly, and they too, will have to play a key role for this to work.

About the Speaker

Mark Tolbert

mark jan 20Mark has over 30 years of experience in I.T., including 27 years at Hewlett-Packard. He successfully managed support programs and projects within HP Services from 1994 through 2007. The programs and projects included a large E-Selling program, a multi-vendor support program for a large telecommunications company, data center relocation projects, and MDM (Mobile Device Management) programs.

Since leaving HP in June of 2007, Mark has been teaching PMP Prep classes. Mark has taught for several leading education companies including Velociteach and Edwel programs. His company, Best Practices Team, provided two PMP Prep classes for the DC PMI Chapter (PMIWDC) in both 2017 and 2018, and has also provided PMI-ACP (Agile Certification classes) for the DC Chapter. Mark’s company, Best Practices Team, LLC is currently the preferred provider of PMP Prep classes for the U.S. Census Bureau, and has provided more than 15 PMP Prep classes for the Bureau over the past five years. Best Practices Team has also provided PMP Prep classes for numerous corporations over the last seven years. Over the past ten years, Mark has assisted more than a thousand students pass the PMP!

Mark earned his PMP in 1995, and earned the PMI-ACP certification in 2015. Mark and has been very active in the Washington, DC PMI chapter for the past 20 years. He has served on a number of board positions for the chapter. Mark served as Trustee of the Chapter from 2009 through 2013. 

Mark is very passionate about project management, and believes adopting the best project management practices and skills is crucial to the success of enterprises today.

Mark is a long-time resident of Northern Virginia, and currently lives in Annandale with his wife Linda.

Professional Development Units

1.5 PDUs

CCR PDU Category

1.0 - Strategic and Business Management
0.5 – Technical Project Management

Registration Information

Early Bird Online $40

  • Pre-register and pay online during the early bird registration period to receive a $10 discount on registration
  • With early registration, students pay $20; non-students pay $40
  • Early bird registration ends at January 5th.

Regular Online $50

  • Online registration (regular, non-early bird) closes at 7:30 pm on the second Tuesday of the month (the evening before the Dinner Meeting).

Student Online $30

  • Students must enter the code STUDENT in the coupon field when registering in order to pay $30 (or $20 if registering during “early bird” period!), and must show their student ID at the registration desk the day of the meeting

Walk-in, Day-of Registration $50

  • Walk-in registrations accepted with cash or check only


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  4. Early registrants are automatically entered into a drawing for a free dinner meeting coupon


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