Industry Insight Dinner Meeting - PMI 4:0: Amplifying Our Impact: A Conversation with Dave Garrett and Disciplined Agile: A Conversation With Scott Ambler


6:00–6:15 Networking
6:15–7:15 Industry Insights
7:15–7:30 Intermission
7:30–8:30 Dinner meeting

Industry Insights: PMI 4:0: Amplifying Our Impact With Dave Garrett

The world is undergoing change like never before – and organizations need change-makers with the project skills to make sure transformation is successfully delivered. That’s why PMI is expanding its reach, broadening its impact, and offering a refreshed portfolio of products and offerings to empower more people than ever before to make ideas a reality.


Disciplined Agile: A Conversation With Scott Ambler

The Disciplined Agile (DA) tool kit provides straightforward guidance to help organizations streamline their processes in a context-sensitive manner, providing a solid foundation for business agility. It does this by showing how the various activities such as Finance, Portfolio Management, Solution Delivery (software development), IT Operations, Enterprise Architecture, Vendor Management and many others work together. DA also describes what these activities should address, provides a range of options for doing so, and describes the trade-offs associated with each option. DA’s fundamental advice is to start where you are, do the best that you can given the situation that you face, and always strive to get better.

We have Scott Ambler, who along with Mark Lines co-created the Project Management Institute’s DA tool kit.  We’re going to have a conversation with Scott about the DA tool kit and you will have an opportunity to ask him questions about it.

About the Speakers

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Scott Ambler

Vice President and Chief Scientist for Disciplined Agile

Scott is the Vice President, Chief Scientist of Disciplined Agile at Project Management Institute. Scott leads the evolution of the Disciplined Agile (DA) tool kit and is an international keynote speaker. Scott is the (co)-creator of the Disciplined Agile (DA) tool kit as well as the Agile Modeling (AM) and Agile Data (AD) methodologies. He is the (co-)author of several books, including Choose Your WoW!, An Executive’s Guide to the Disciplined Agile Framework, Refactoring Databases, Agile Modeling, Agile Database Techniques, and The Object Primer 3rd Edition. Scott blogs regularly at and he can be contacted via


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Dave Garrett

Chief Strategy and Growth Office

As Chief Strategy and Growth Officer, Dave will craft and drive the execution of the PMI strategy to create a clear growth path. He works across the organization to define, test, and deliver "new products that matter," to deliver dramatic increases in value to our customers. He is charged with assisting PMI to build teams that are aligned and integrated seamlessly across the organization. Dave will continue to be responsible for mergers, acquisitions, and strategic sourcing partners for PMI to address the emerging new work ecosystem. Dave had joined PMI in January 2014 through the acquisition. Since then, he has held several roles to his credit, starting with a dual role as Director of Digital Presence and CEO of Under his leadership, social media traffic increased tenfold and traffic by 28% in just 15 months. He also played a crucial role in establishing a strategic partnership with the Agile Alliance to jointly build our first "Agile Practice Guide" in 2017. He was the co-founder, President and CEO of (formerly, an online community for project professionals established in 2000 and acquired by PMI in 2014. During his time with Gantthead, he acquired the ProjectsAtWork magazine in 2003 and formed partnerships with some of the world’s best known project management software providers. Before that, Dave served as the Director of Advanced Technology Group with Headstrong, Inc. He led the knowledge management function, which included the development and management of the corporate intranet site, ongoing systems development, and administration. Dave created Project Pain Reliever, a just-in-time handbook for managing projects, and published articles related to web development, project management and online publishing. He also served in multiple volunteer positions for PMI prior to becoming employed by the organization. Dave is a graduate of The American University (Washington, D.C., United States) with a Master's of Science in Management Information Systems.

About The PM Industry Insights

Industry Insights is PMI Washington DC's series addresses the practical aspects of trending topics in Project Management & Agile.

These sessions are to provide you with insights on what is going on in the local industry so you can learn from it. This discussion-based session will include presentations on tools, techniques, industry panels, interviews with industry experts, workshops, etc. The target presenters will be individuals from PMO’s, university professors, consultants, and industry experts.

Both Industry Insights and the monthly dinner meeting are worth 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU) each to PMI certified holders.

About The Monthly Dinner Meetings

The PMI Washington DC Chapter's Monthly Dinner events are held in the Washington DC area, on the third Tuesday of each month (subject to change). Chapter members and non-members seeking to advance their careers by beginning their journey with a PMI certification are welcome to join. These events host the best speakers and networking experiences held in the Washington, DC area for your professional development.

The Chapter's Monthly Dinner events offer informative industrial trends for people in the field of Project Management & Discipline Agile within a variety of industry and government agencies. Each event will present specific learning areas that focus on the PMI talent triangle of technical, leadership, strategic, and business management skills or Agile. Each Monthly Chapter Event offers 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU).


Event Details

Date & Time

16 March 2021

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EST-05:00)




1 Technical, 1 Leadership