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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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June Meeting: Keeping the Dream Alive - Keys to Agile Sustainability

Note: This interactive workshop will use the full 90 minutes, so please arrive by 6pm.  We will cut the networking time to accomodate the extra time.

Much has been written and discussed about the transition phase of Agile adoptions – forming new teams, learning to work in iterations, scaling to the enterprise level. During the transition there is a focus on learning, engaging experts, and asking “are we doing Agile right?”

But how do we influence what happens after the transition phase is over and Agile becomes the new normal? How do we keep historical patterns of organizational behavior that may be the antithesis of Agile from creeping back in? There are a number of steps we can take during the transition and beyond to improve the odds of remaining Agile over the long term. This workshop explores those considerations.

Don’t let “we are agile” become “we were agile.” You will leave this session with specific actions you can take to help ensure that your dream of Agility does not become a nightmare of backsliding.

Dan Neumann is an independent Agile coach, who holds a CSM and CSP. He is experienced in leading transitions from waterfall to Agile in both small companies and large corporations. His professional experience includes software development and project management experience in a large CPA and consulting firm. Dan has presented on Agile topics at several regional conferences and user communities, and volunteer on the Agile Leadership Network’s national Board of Directors.

 Susan DiFabio is an Agile coach seeking to learn, collaborate, and enable software teams to build great software. She has been part of software development teams for many years, holding many different roles from developer to designer to project manager. She was born with the Agile mindset. After years of feeling like a round peg in a square hole trying to fulfill the role of traditional project manager, Susan was thrilled to discover like-minded people in the Agile community.

When: June 14, 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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