November 2014 Dinner Meeting  

Accelerated Leadership: Agile and OODA

 This presentation explains the basic principles of the Observe, Orient, Decide, Act (OODA) concept, draws parallels with Agile development techniques, and suggests implications for portfolio and project management. The OODA cycle, since its development by US Air Force Colonel John Boyd in the context of military analysis and strategy development, has been applied in a variety of business and competitive arenas. Likewise, Agile and Scrum application development techniques have proliferated within IT organizations, providing a valued alternative to more formal waterfall based methods.

 OODA concepts capture important assessment and decision-making principles that provide competitive advantage. Agile techniques likewise can create competitive advantage: developing production ready systems more quickly, bring products to market ahead of competitors, and allow practitioners to regularly assess and respond to rapidly changing circumstances.

 Both OODA and Agile accept uncertainty and unknown final requirements as a starting point, and assume the need for independent action, adaptation, and continual assessment as integral components of decision (and development) processes. Both conceptions transition through multiple iterations, and define progressive transformation of the system or situation under development. Both conceptual frameworks are designed for higher rates of change and repetitive decision cycles. In OODA, this reflects the reality of a fluid, dynamic, and chaotic competitive environment. An Agile development approach suggests inherent value in getting to production ready software as quickly as possible, allowing more immediate feedback as system users and owners assess the reality of working software.

 The similarities of OODA and Agile techniques such as scrum commend Agile as better suited for rapid and continuous change, providing a practical framework for continuous improvement.

 Presenter:  Jeff Nuding, PMP

Jeff Nuding is a Senior Principal Consultant with NTT Data and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2001. Jeff has managed Portfolio, Infrastructure, Network, Systems Integration, and Application Development Projects for major corporations and New York State Agencies.


In November 2005, Jeff began work with NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). Jeff’s first project for DCJS was to manage migration of critical public safety and criminal justice systems and databases to a new production platform. Concurrently, he managed Technical Services’ Database Unit, consisting of 12 Database Administrators.


In 2007 and 2008, Jeff managed the implementation of a critical disaster response system, STEPS, which formed the basis of his 2008 presentation at PMI North America Congress. Since then, Jeff’s project management responsibilities have included managing a strategic personnel and functional reorganization, managing test deployments of critical infrastructure components in preparation for a major systems deployment, and myriad and wide-ranging infrastructure and information technology projects.


Jeff managed the Statewide Automated Fingerprint Identification System (SAFIS) Archive Project, implementing a digital fingerprint archive, the subject of a 2009 PMI North America Congress presentation. Jeff managed implementation of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) tools and development of an Enterprise Fingerprint Process (EFP). He has recently been assigned to manage an Assessment of NYS participation in the US FBI National Fingerprint File (NFF), and multiple re-engineering efforts related to fingerprint submission messaging. Most recently, Jeff has served within NYS Pubic Safety Cluster as Program and Project Manager for multiple Sex Offender Registry enhancement and improvement projects and as Project Manager for multiple Domestic Incident Reporting (DIR) enhancement and improvement projects.


Jeff has presented at PMI North America Congresses in 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2012, and a number of PMI Upstate NY Chapter meetings. Jeff is 55, married, with three children, with a son in the United States Military Academy (West Point) Class of 2018 

Dinner includes caesar salad, rolls, entrée, coffee, & dessert (Key Lime Pie)

and Choice of 


Topped with a parmesan lemon butter sauce, capers, served over rice pilaf with diced seasonal vegetables


Fresh fillet of Atlantic sole, oven baked and finished with champagne beurre blanc, garnished with poached seedless grapes, and served with caviar rice


imported penne pasta tossed with seasonal garden vegetables, kalamata olives, artichokes, and roasted red peppers in an herbed garlic olive oil

 Please join us on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at The Desmond Hotel off of Albany Shaker Road, in Colonie (see directions).

Attitude adjustment will begin at 5:30pm with dinner at 6:00pm, followed by the program starting promptly at 7:00pm and adjourning by 8:00pm.

Pricing change for 2013-2014.  To ensure an accurate number of dinners, we have created an early bird discount for those paying in advance. $30.00 for Early Bird, PMI members;  $40.00 for Early Bird, nonmembers; and $20 for Early Bird students. To receive the early bird discount, please pay in advance. Those who do not register by noon on the Monday for the dinner and choose to pay at the door will not get the early bird discount and will be charged the $10 late fee - $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers, and $40 for students.

The early bird deadline for online registration is 12:00 noon on Monday before the dinner (cancellations after 12:00 noon on Monday will be charged the full meeting registration fee). Please note that registrations after the early bird deadline of 12:00 noon on Monday will be charged the full price as indicated above. Walk-ins on the day of the event are on a first come, first served basis with limited availability and will be charged the full price plus a $10 late fee.

For details please contact: 

Carol Fitzgerald - VP, Programs , Tim Sorrentino - 2nd VP, Programs


Kimberly Thomas - Program Director for Chapter Meetings

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