Robert Annis

     Robert Annis

    April 19, 2017
    Track 5 

    TITLE
    : User Stories; Under-Appreciated, Unloved and Bloody Critical 

    The most important skill in the business world is communication, it is the ability to understand and to describe what your customer wants and results in the continuation of your business; it is that important and should be treated as such.  The quality of this communication is key and will impact the success of the enterprise, join me to find out how communication and user stories deliver the value of the business.  How we write these requirements is one of the most critical parts of the organization – therefore it must be done in a thorough and enjoyable way; it’s gonna be fun.

    BIO: As the Training Services Director of Eliassen Group’s Agile Consultancy, Robert Annis manages the training effort of the organization. This includes directing Agile coaches and trainers, creating training materials, managing training events and, of course, delivering training. Critically, he also defines the overall vision for the group.

    In his training role, he teaches many different classes for delivery teams such as ICAgile Agile Coaching classes, Agile Boot Camps, Introductions to Agile and Coaching Workshops, all the way to training and coaching C-level Executive teams. Robert also delivers role and skill focused courses such as Agile for Business Analysis, Agile Testing, Agile for Project Managers and Writing Requirements in Agile.

    Robert also presents to industry groups such as the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is a Scrum Alliance Registered Education Provider (REP).

    Additionally, Robert is the lead Agile SME and instructor for Villanova University, focused on authoring and delivering high-quality courses to students as they grow their educational experience. He teaches courses such as Contract Management using Agile and Business Intelligence Agility.

    Robert has trained and coached many clients and has ongoing relationships with several of them. Among those are:

    • Harvard University
    • Symantec
    • Bank of America
    • BNY Mellon
    • Bisk Education
    • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • Hanover Insurance
    • AIG
    • United Airlines
    • Brown Shoe Company, now Caleres
    • Stericycle
    • Synchrony Financial (formerly GE Capital)

    With over a decade of traditional Project Management experience prior to transitioning to Agile he brings a unique understanding of many organizations current situations and their difficulty in transitioning to Agile.

    Being British by birth, Robert also has considerable international experience (Europe, Australasia and North America) and often travels to train and coach.

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