Jack Wooten

    Jack Wooten

    April 19, 2017
    Keynote - Agile PM

    TITLE: When Things Get Real - Agile Lessons Learned From Combat Operations

    Agile delivery has many similarities to military operations at both the team level and large-scale coordination. As a U.S. Army artillery officer deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), I had the unique experience of learning what is critical to effective team, unit, and organizational effectiveness during the chaos of war. I believe we have a lot to learn from the parallels to agile teams and scaled agile delivery.

    How can the military be an example of agility? The civilian perspective of the military is command and control, standard operating procedures, and hierarchical management: everything anti-agile! The truth is… Yes, it is a command and control environment, based on standard operating procedures, with a hierarchical design; Everything designed to be agile in the midst of the chaos of combat... even at scale.

    In this workshop, I will take the attendees along a journey of discovery about execution realities in combat and what lessons can be learned. We will discuss what they can immediately do to begin to implement critical characteristics and techniques to assist their teams. They will learn what needs to be exist to allow effective decision making in the midst of chaos. Regardless of role, title, or environment they have a choice to be a leader.


    Jack Wooten is an Ambassador for Good, Game-Changer, and Lynchpin… He is passionate about being a great leader through selfless service and courageous action.

    Jack is a practical results-driven professional with 18 years of experience in software delivery, project management, and leadership. Jack has extensive experience in IT custom development, large-group workshop facilitation, and product and project management. He also has expertise in process design, business transformation, business analysis, and organizational change management.

    After graduating from the University of Arkansas, Jack began his career as a software developer building custom solutions in the commercial mortgage industry. After the events of September 11, 2001, Jack joined the Army and became an artillery officer deployed to the Iraq and Afghanistan combat areas. After leaving the military as a Captain, Jack has dedicated himself to effective delivery management. Originally, as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and then as a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), and SAFe Program Consultant (SPC/SPC4).

    Jack has worked with Fortune 100 companies delivering large-scale projects and solutions. Additionally, Jack has worked in the Medical and Financial industries as an Enterprise Agile Coach consulting on critical steps to scaled agility.

    Jack lives in northwest Cincinnati with his wife Sonya and is father to two incredible boys. Jack is an avid golfer, ardent military supporter, and enjoys socializing with friends and family. 

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