Dave Prior is an Agile Consultant for LeadingAgile. He provides training and consulting for individuals, teams and organizations who are transitioning to Agile. Dave has over 20 years of experience managing IT and Technology projects, programs and portfolios and has been working with Agile methodologies since 1999. Because of his experience working with traditional project management and the challenges he faced in transitioning to Agile, Dave's work is focused on establishing a better bridge between Agile and the traditional project management worlds. In 2008, during his time as Chair of PMI’s IT & Telecom SIG, Dave began working with the Scrum Alliance to establish programming designed to enable traditional project managers become more aware of and educated about Scrum and Agile. He also participated in the founding of the Malaysian Scrum Chapter in 2010.
Dave is an active volunteer for the Scrum Alliance and he also writes and creates podcasts for Projects at Work and Project Management.com.
In addition to his work leading technology programs and projects, Dave also has extensive experience training Information Technology leaders and coaching organizations in managing projects using both an Agile and a traditional approach. His work as an educator and speaker has provided him with the opportunity to lecture and teach classes in the U.S., Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Central America.
Dave is a CST, a PMP and an ACP. He received his MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. He lives and works in Oklahoma.
Articles I've written
Scrum Meets Waterfall
Dave Prior and Mike Cohn sat down at Scrum Gathering Spring 2008 to talk about managing an agile project in a waterfall environment. They also discussed the challenges facing traditional project managers as they shift toward agile. This transcript of their interview may help answer some of your own questions.
Letting Go of the Concrete Life Raft
On my first day of work on a job where my very official job title was listed as "Project Manager", a stressed out, old, bearded guy took me and the other newly minted PM into a room to teach us how to do our job. The first thing he said was, "When...