At TeraThink, we strongly believe in giving back to our local community. The Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is one local organization with global reach that our company supports. The Lombardi Cancer Center’s mission is to “prevent, treat, and cure cancers by linking scientific discovery, expert and compassionate patient care, quality education, and partnership with the community.”
Of course, as with any non-profit organization, fundraising is a top priority for the Lombardi Cancer Center. Each year, The Lombardi Gala raises a large amount of money to fund research, clinical trials, and develop new treatments for those who are battling cancer. I have served on the Gala’s Corporate Executive Committee for the past five years. Through this experience, I know first-hand how much work goes into ensuring that the Gala’s fundraising goals are hit. I am proud to say that not only did we reach our fundraising goals this year but we greatly exceeded them!
I used to be part of the “non-believers” when it comes to agile software development. I’ve since converted to an agile evangelist of sorts, and appreciate the significant benefits the agile approach has to offer. While my own conversion was not so easy, I’ll explain the transformation, what I consider to be the key program management benefits associated with the agile approach, and a few challenges that I think still remain.