BMI’s Agile Journey
In this keynote, Broadcast Music Incorporated, a 75-year old company, provides rich reflection on our revolutionary transformation of our entire information systems group, and the reinvention of products and services in order to remain relevant to our constituents in the music industry. We further describe how an agile philosophy and the Scrum framework were crucial catalysts during the enterprise transformation, and helped advance our organizational reconstruction in technical and non-technical areas. From the CEO to various non-technical support functions, Scrum concepts are familiar ways of working together. In this panel session, presented in a retrospective format, we explore collectively the following questions:
How did agile and Scrum help BMI?
What did BMI do to transform?
What have we accomplished?
What would we do the same?
What would we do differently?
How did BMI apply Scrum to domains other than technology?
Biography - Jim King
James A. King is Senior Vice President, Business Operations & Technology at Broadcast Music, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all areas of technology innovation, operations and product development to deliver cutting-edge business processes that provide the highest possible value to BMI’s songwriters, composers, music publishers and licensees. In addition, he has developed strategic partnerships and key relationships with many firms in the music and media industries to benefit BMI’s core business.
Mr. King joined BMI in 2010, having previously worked as Senior Vice President, Audience Platforms, and Global Chief Information Officer at United Business Media, PR Newswire. Linking business leadership, operations excellence, and technology innovation is a key part of Mr. King’s background.
Mr. King has held CIO, CTO, and COO positions with leading global information services, media and publishing companies, including McGraw-Hill, Brightpoint, and Reed Elsvier PLC. He also has held leadership roles with top IT companies, including Microsoft and AT&T Bell Labs. In addition to his other significant contributions to streamlining BMI’s operational platform, Mr. King has helped to earn BMI’s placement in InformationWeek’s list of the top 500 technology innovators for two consecutive years.
Biography - Anthony Montgomery
Mr. King holds several advanced degrees, including a Masters in Computer Science. His university experience includes Purdue University (LARS), Ball State University, and technology and business leadership training at MIT, among other institutions. In 2012 Mr. King completed a year-long executive leadership program at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Management School.
Anthony Montgomery is Senior Director, Project Management Office at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). In this role, Mr. Montgomery is responsible for the delivery of technical programs and projects, and assists with process improvement related to Agile and Project Management. His accomplishments at BMI include adapting various agile methodologies to non-technology departments to enhance productivity and efficiency.
Mr. Montgomery joined BMI in April, 2011, as a consultant. Prior to this appointment, he served for more than 15-years in senior management positions within the banking industry, including the roles of CFO/CIO, COO and VP-IT in for-profit and non-profit financial institutions. He also completed 20-years of military service and retired at the rank of major in 2012. His awards and decorations include numerous commendations for meritorious, exemplary and humanitarian service, among others. He is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and a veteran of Operation Noble Eagle and Hurricane Katrina.
As a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) from the Scrum Alliance and PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), Mr. Montgomery is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership from Creighton University. He is an Alumnus of University of Chicago, Graham School with Advanced Project Management studies, and has also completed business leadership studies at Aresty Institute of Executive Education, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Mr. Montgomery holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Biography - Jeff Davis
Jeff Davis is Assistant Vice President, Business Operations at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). In this role, Mr. Davis is responsible for leading BMI’s Works Registration, Music Performance Identification, Audio/Visual Identifications, Foreign Research and Identification and Imaging departments to achieve objectives of all projects, programs and strategic plans. The contribution he makes within and outside of BMI influences the standards and processes for royalty distributions across the globe.
Mr. Davis joined BMI as a Systems Analyst and subsequently earned the titles of Project Leader, Project Manager, Project Director and Sr. Director, Enterprise Applications before becoming Assistant Vice President in 2012. Prior employment included Progressive Insurance, Technautics Corporation, MCA Inc., and Argo-Tech.
As a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) from the Scrum Alliance, Mr. Davis has spoken on the application of agile methodologies to domains other than IT (Paris, 2013). He has also participated in conferences including Know What to Do Today: From Mobile to Middleware, and Agile Development Scaled to Multi-Tier Consumer Application Development at BMI (Orlando June 2012.) He is Board of Trustees President of Sumner Academy in Gallatin TN, and holds a BBA in Computer Science/Management Science from Kent State University.