Eugene Bounds

President, Bounds Associates

Why Government Leaders Must Embrace Agile

Agile is a pathway to innovation in many Government agencies. It is a response to challenges in Information Technology where traditional software development processes often did not yield expected results. This resulted in many projects exceeding budgets and timelines, and ignoring needed requirement changes.

At its core, Agile is about priorities, placing individuals and interactions above processes and tools; working products above comprehensive documentation; customer collaboration above contract negotiation; and responding to change above following a plan. Leaders can embrace this approach to improve processing times, and coordination among development teams and users. This presentation provides practical steps on how leaders can better understand and support the innovation practices introduced by Agile.

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Mr. Bounds is a highly respected and globally recognized Management Consultant with more than three decades of Information Technology and Program Execution experience. He established Bounds Associates, LLC in 2012 to provide strategy, execution, and agility training and consulting services. He is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and held leadership positions at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Robbins-Gioia, LLC.

Mr. Bounds served on the Board of Directors for the Project Management Institute (PMI)® from 2007 to 2012, and was Chair of the Board in 2010. He is a recipient of the Federal Computer Week “Federal 100” Award, which recognizes executives having the greatest impact on the US government information systems community. Mr. Bounds was also elected to serve on the Board of Directors for Scrum Alliance in 2013 and currently serves as Chair. Mr. Bounds holds a M.S. degree in Information Systems from the University of Southern California and a B.B.A. in Information Systems from Texas Tech University. He is a PMI® Fellow, a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®, and a certified ScrumMaster®.