Date: 6 Feb 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
(Registration starts at 6:30pm and closes at 8:00pm)
Venue: 7 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
PDU: 2 (Leadership Stream: 1, Strategic & Business Stream: 1)
Speaker: Mr. Sebastian L. Sohn
Language: English
Fee: PMI HK Member: HKD 180
Non PMI HK Member: HKD 280
Status: Cancelled

Seminar on “Delivering Agile and Hybrid Projects in Complex and Highly Regulated Organizations”

Over the past two decades, the use of agile approaches and frameworks has expanded from early adopting industries and niches to a broader movement in project management and organizations. This trend has also reached highly regulated industries, such as financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceutical industry, infrastructure etc.

While a flexible scope, a minimum of documentation and “learning” by “failing” are key elements of many agile frameworks and their successful application, the results of accidental incompliance or incomplete increments could be fatal in such industries.

In this sharing, our PMI HK member Sebastian L. Sohn (M.A., PMP, PMI-ACP, PSM-I) is going to share approaches, examples and lessons learned of agile projects in regulated industries. He has been working in the Financial Services industry for more than 15 years, 8 of which as a management consultant.

About the Topic:

Agile projects have increasingly gained traction over the past 10 years across almost all industries – for good reasons: fast delivery of results, great adaptability to changes and the ongoing processing of feedback facilitate an efficient and client-focused creation of deliverables. As a result, Scrum, for instance, has become a widespread standard in many types of software development. Large corporates aim to turn themselves into agile organizations.

However, companies in highly regulated industries are facing several challenges and impediments when they intend to adopt agile principles and approaches. A high level of complexity, sensitive interdependencies and regulatory expectations are some of the challenges of those companies.

This sharing aims to provide insights and examples of how the obvious advantages of agile frameworks can materialize taking all regulatory requirements and interdependencies into account. The sharing comprises of the following sections:

  • Characteristics of Projects in Regulated and Complex Environments
  • The Case for Agile Projects
  • Types and Advantages of Agile and Hybrid Projects
  • Challenges in Regulated Environments and How to Overcome Them
  • Case Study

About the Speaker:

Sebastian L. Sohn is a member of PMI’s Hong Kong chapter and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), one of 300 Agile Certified Practitioners in Hong Kong (PMI-ACP) as well as Professional Scrum Master I (PSM-I). He holds a Master’s degree in Management. As a Senior Manager with PwC, Sebastian advises clients, mainly from the financial services industry, in strategic, regulatory and IT-related areas.

During his more than 15 years in the financial services industry – 8 of which in management consulting – he has worked with more than 30 clients in Europe, Mainland China and Hong Kong, which includes 11 global Top-100 banks. He has worked in different types of traditional, agile and hybrid projects, supporting his clients with technical and methodological advice as well as managing PMOs of cross-functional and international projects with up to 20 team members, multi-million-Euro projects as well as projects under direct C-Suite supervision.


Remarks: Please fill in the required information and submit. A confirmation letter will be sent on 3rd Feb 2020 (Mon) to all successful applicants. As seats are limited, the seats will be allocated on a “First come, First Served” basis. If you have any inquiries, please contact us at 2784 1880. **We do not accept CASH payment on-site.

Reminder: As a courtesy, audiences are recommended to stay till the end of the seminar. PMI Hong Kong Chapter may consider not issuing PDUs to members if their attendance is less than 75% of the session.