Agile Methodologies in the Enterprise

Thursday February 4th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Dr. Salah Sharieh, Senior Technical Innovator, will be presenting “Agile Methodologies in the Enterprise”.

Speaker: Salah Sharieh
Senior Technical Innovator
Doctor of Philosophy, McMaster University

Day & Time: Thursday, February 4, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Room LG04, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre
Ryerson University, Toronto, M5B 1Z4

Contact: Dr. Maryam Davoudpour

Abstract: The only constant is change and technology is changing very fast. To build an enterprise software is inherently complex and lengthy with a need for flexibility to adjust to the changing needs of customers and market conditions. Agile methodologies are often presented as the solution for these problems.

Adopting a new concept often proves harder than it seems at first but having the right people with the right tools to support the change can make it easier. Introducing Agile into large organization has advantages and disadvantages such as accelerating delivery and shortening the feedback cycle. On the other hand, these types of methodologies have higher dependency on people skills rather than processes which makes it harder to achieve the desired value.

After further analysis, it appears that only some parts of agile methodologies work well. In this topic, we will talk about the challenges that CIOs face with adapting agile methods and what can be done to increase the likely hood of useful adoption and implementation in large organizations. In addition, we will talk about vendors’ role in agile projects and how they might contribute to the failure or the success of a project. Finally, we will compare and contrast Agile with iterative approaches.

Biography: Dr. Salah Sharieh is a Senior Technical Innovator with extensive experience in business and technology. He has developed his business savvy through working with Fortune 500 companies. Salah also holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from McMaster University. He has more than twenty peer reviewed publications and has contributed to several books. He also is a technical reviewer for several journals and conferences and is a member of the CIO association of Canada. Recently Salah led the National Occupation Standards for Cyber Security.
In the last 20 years, Salah Sharieh founded several companies, some of which were later acquired by larger organizations. He has delivered high profile solutions and provided vision and leadership to several industries including financial, telecommunication, manufacturing, and the public sector. Under Salah’s leadership, start-up companies evolved from concept to companies providing products and solutions for businesses across Canada, the United States, and Europe.