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CQAA November 2017 Speaker Program: Knowledge ≠ Understanding: An Agile Journey

  • 30 Nov 2017
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Allstate 2775 Sanders Road Northbrook, IL 60062 Enter through F Building | Conference room is in C Building (nine story building)


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Knowledge ≠ Understanding: An Agile Journey

Frank Rios, Agile Transformation Coach & Trainer

About the Topic

Most people have heard of Agile, especially if they work in a software environment, but simply knowing agile, does not mean understanding agile. This Agile primer is by no means intended to give you a comprehensive understanding of what Agile is or is not. The purpose of this session is to help remove any preconceived notations of Agile you may have. Agile is by no means limited to software development, therefore it is applicable to pretty much all areas of work.

Not only will you learn where Agile comes from, you will learn how to apply the Agile mindset to be more productive in your everyday work while using less energy, stress, and effort. You will also realize how difficult it is to change the company culture and what you can do to help with its Agile transformation. Finally, you will realize Agile is not only a new or different way of working, it’s a new or different way of thinking.

Key Learning Objectives
  • The origins of Agile
  • The cost of multitasking
  • Overcoming resistance to change
  • Difference between doing agile and being agile
  • The importance of company culture in an Agile transformation
About the Speaker

Frank Rios ​​is an experienced Agile coach and trainer, scrum master, leader, and project manager in both the Public and Private sectors with a solid background in IT application architecture and development. He holds multiple Agile and Scrum certifications, including: Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Agile Leader (CAL1), and SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4). He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Six Sigma Green Belt. In addition to his certifications, he also has two Master's degrees; an MBA in Project Management and Masters in Computer Science.​

Frank has twenty years of experience in all phases of the Software Development Live Cycle (SDLC). His combination of business and technical expertise helps companies by increasing communication between business and technical teams, reducing ambiguous requirements, and decreasing time-to-market. He has spent the last several years helping companies and business groups with their Agile transformation. He is currently an Agile Coach and Trainer with HERE Technologies.


2775 Sanders Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Enter through F Building | Conference room is in C Building (nine story building)
Directions: Use the main entrance off Sanders at Winkelman between the North and South Plazas. Check in at the F Building lobby. Visitor parking is in front of the F Building by the tollway. Bring your photo ID. See map.


1:00-2:00 Sign-in & Networking
2:00-2:15 Announcements
2:15-4:00 Presentation (15 minute break at 2:45)


PLEASE REGISTER BY November 29, 2017 at If you have any questions, please contact CQAA Program Director at

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