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Thursday, September 6 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Adapting agile for MERL

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Developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation strategies, particularly on massive multi-year projects, is a long journey. Teams develop various tech tools for data collection, analysis, and visualization, often managed with traditional project management tools like Gantt charts and PMPs. Agile techniques offer an alternate framework for managing development projects. In this session, we’ll unpack how the principles and practices of agile software development can be adapted and used by monitoring and evaluation professionals working within project implementation teams. These principles, from the Agile Manifesto (agilemanifesto.org) include valuing: - Individuals and interactions over processes and tools - Working software over comprehensive documentation - Customer (user) collaboration over contract negotiations - Responding to changeover following a plan Some of these principles may seem, on the surface, to be at odds with traditional M&E, but they are flexible and adaptive. They align to emerging approaches like using theories of change, iterative design and implementation, and complex systems theory. We’ll use a case example of developing a monitoring and evaluation dashboard with an agile framework to provide a tangible example of how these principles can be successfully applied. Facilitators will include a trio of diverse experiences: Trent Hone (Agile Coach), Amanda Makulec (data visualization designer & former M&E specialist), and Gina Assaf (Digital Design Team Lead). Participants will leave with a basic understanding of agile principles and select practices, equipping them to seek opportunities to use agile in their own workflows or collaborate effectively with software development partners who use this approach to managing development projects. often use traditional project management tools and approaches to develop workplans and manage progress, which can be linear and limiting.

Speakers
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Gina Assaf

Digital Design Team Lead, Souktel
Combining technology, design and international development, Gina Assaf leads digital design for Souktel Digital Solutions, a company that designs and develops solutions for the humanitarian aid sector. She has worked with the UN and USAID, and their implementers, designing solutions... Read More →
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Trent Hone

Managing Consultant, Excella
Trent Hone is a Managing Consultant with Excella Consulting and an award-winning naval historian. He works with software and IT organizations to improve their art of practice, increase effectiveness, and accelerate learning. He has helped dozens of government and commercial teams... Read More →
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Amanda Makulec

Data Visualization Lead, Excella
Amanda Makulec is the Data Visualization Lead at Excella and has spent nearly a decade working in analytics, information systems, and data visualization. She finds creative ways to help people use data to answer questions and make decisions. At Excella, she leads cross-functional... Read More →



Thursday September 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Angle 1825 Connecticut Avenue NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20009

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