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May Meeting: Real-World Agile Transformation - A One Year Case Study

A consistent challenge companies face are finding real-world ways to implement Agile practices in a large, possibly waterfall, environment.  People with day-to-day business problems are often confronted with theories and textbook approaches that may not seem practical in their complex enterprise structure.

In this session, you will be given real examples and immediately applicable techniques you can apply to either start your Agile journey or enhance your current progress.  For several years, Paycor had “pockets of Agility”.  But in early 2014, Paycor kicked off a focus, determined Agile Transformation.  We will review the steps taken over the last year to dramatically increase the company’s agility and reflect on areas of difficulty most organizations face.

Areas of discussions will include:
1.    Identifying Practical Techniques to Get Started
2.    Developing Agility at the Team Level
3.    Expanding Agility to the Enterprise

Shawn Brock
is a Director of Product Development at Paycor where he leads Paycor’s cloud-based Platform Services scrum teams.  With a background as a software developer, project manager, and entrepreneur, he is also a contributing member of Paycor’s “Enterprise Transformation Council”. 

Amy Owens and David Granger are Program Managers at Paycor who oversee all company infrastructure and product development projects.  They have been, and continue to be,  primary contributors to the ground-up Agile Transformation of Paycor. 

Zachary Werden is a software developer at Paycor who helped lead the launch of Paycor’s cloud-based Time Solution.  He is a founding member of the Wisdom Cube, and a pioneer of Paycor’s Agile transformation with grassroots efforts such as “The Agile Trail”.

PMP's: This event counts for 1 PDU
Networking: 5:30 - 6:00 pm
Program: 6:30 - 7:30 pm

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March Meeting: Bottoms Up with Your Top Down - Vantiv Agile Approach

In this presentation, Andy will discuss the roll out of Agile development within Vantiv and the challenges associated with it.  You will hear about the support model and strategy, as well as a real life view of the pains and victories for the transformation.

Andrew Gallimore is the Methods & Practices Director for Vantiv.  Andrew has spent many years in the area of business analysis and project delivery.  Andrew’s exposure to a formal Agile approach (SCRUM) took place in 2010 while working for Cardinal Solutions Group.  Prior to 2010, Andrew practiced the principles of Agile from the inception of his development experience while starting up small development teams for small projects at 5/3 Bank.  Andrew has also played many roles from development, analysis, testing, project management, trainer, and much-much more.

Today, Andrew is helping to lead the charge in a companywide Agile Transformation at Vantiv.  This transformation includes a full scale view of the impacts of Agile both from new development to run the business type of work.

When: March 14, 2013  (Second Thursday).
Networking: 5:30-6pm.
Program: 6-7:30pm.
Where: Max Training. 4900 Parkway Drive Suite 160 , Mason (Cincinnati), OH 45040

PMP's: This event counts for 1 (one) PDU

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Come early to enjoy the networking before the meeting! You have an opportunity to meet someone new every month. 

Andy presented to the Agile Cincinnati Group about Vantiv's recent decision to adopt Agile. Andy shared Vantiv's approach: support from the "C-Level" and the "wins" they had experienced already by March. Thanks Andy for showing us what the title of your presentation meant!! 


August Meeting: Lean Framework, Agile Principles – Using Lean Management and Problem Solving to Sustain and Scale Agile Teams

One of the largest insurance companies in the United States, Nationwide Insurance is the home of a next generation application development center fusing a lean software development framework with agile principles and techniques. In this interactive session Tom Paider explores with participants how Nationwide has taken a small grassroots agile movement and extended it to enterprise scale using lean principles and tools such as A3 thinking, standard work, kaizen, and a focus on lean management.  With Nationwide’s lean-agile practices teams can confidently promise to deliver on time every time, within budget, and with zero defects. Join with other participants to hear why companies far and wide are making gemba trips to observe Nationwide’s success.

Tom Paider is the Associate Vice President, Build Capability Leader for Nationwide Insurance. His group works across the company to implement continuous improvement thinking and improve application development processes. Tom was instrumental in creating Nationwide’s Application Development Center, a next generation development center fusing a lean framework with agile principles and techniques. He has also consulted with dozens of companies across the United States on their lean transformations.

Tom is a board member for The Fisher College of Business Center for Operational Excellence at The Ohio State University. Tom is also the chair of the IT Leadership Network, a partnership between industry and academic leaders focused on helping member companies collaborate and sustain their lean IT journeys. He has a Masters degree in Business Operational Excellence from The Ohio State University and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.

When: August 9, 2012  (Second Thursday).
Networking: 5:30-6pm.
Program: 6-7:30pm.
Where: Max Training. 4900 Parkway Drive Suite 160 , Mason (Cincinnati), OH 45040

PMP's: This event counts for 1 (one) PDU


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