Dave Prior


Dave Prior, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSPO, CSP, CST, has been leading technology projects and teaching individuals and teams how to manage their work for over 20 years. He has managed projects, programs, PMOs and portfolios, and has been focused on Agile since 1999. Dave's approach focuses heavily on finding a better way to help those who are making the journey from a traditional approach (waterfall) over to Agile.

Each week, Dave’s podcasts appear on LeadingAgile and ProjectManagement.com. The podcasts focus on best practices for transitioning from waterfall to Agile, as well as guidance and advice from other Agile practitioners. 

Dave is a Certified Scrum Trainer and works for LeadingAgile. He leads CSM and CSPO classes throughout the United States. He lives in NYC and has a severe El Rancho Salsa dependency.


Capturing & Tracking Risk: the Secret to Keeping Management from “Helping” Your Team

When it comes to managing projects, there is one universal truth we all face, regardless of whether you are taking a traditional “waterfall” approach or using some flavor of Agile:

When you least expect it, things are gonna go sideways.

No matter how good you and your team are, you can’t stop things from going wrong. You can, however, be ready when they do. Being ready for the first nine things that fall off the tracks will leave you free to deal with the tenth.

This session will include a review of techniques that can be used to prepare for and manage project risk on any project. We’ll cover techniques that can be used on traditional (waterfall) projects and techniques that can be employed on Agile projects. We’ll also look at how having a risk management technique in place can help reduce stress and improve communications with the client.

During THIS talk, YOU’LL learn:

  • The difference between risks and issues
  • Traditional project management approach to capturing, evaluating and planning for risk on projects using a Risk Register
  • Risk management techniques that can be employed on Agile projects
  • How a transparent approach to risk management can improve the client relationship