BCBS Open House Tour II

  • Sep 18, 2012 · 5:30 PM


The very exciting BCBS Open House tour is coming back again and YOU and your leadership team should attend! This time Steve Grandfield, COO of BCBS will be welcoming everyone and then we will have another panel discussion including Susan Courtney (CIO) and several others before we head out to our group tour.

Tour Agenda:

  • Tour of the Health Care Reform (large Program planning effort- VERY Creative!)
  • Tour of the Six Sigma Power 4 Room
  • Tour of Kanban and Scrum Stable Team Collaboration Spaces

Hope you can join us for this exciting tour! Seats are going fast and there are only a few more left so please RSVP today if you plan to attend. Please change your RSVP and open up more spots if you will not be attending.



- Sally

Omaha Agile Development Board


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  • Jeremy T.

    It was fan-freaking-tastic. Multiple different areas were covered and many different aspects of modern systems design/management with great explanations of actual implementation. I also won a lunch bag. Double whammy of awesome.

    September 25, 2012

  • Melissa P.

    This tour was great and very informative. It was nice to hear about the journey BCBS has taken with Agile and see how they are putting Scrum, Kanban and Lean into action.

    September 19, 2012

  • Leslie Beardmore R.

    BCBS Leadership team is down to earth and down with Agile! I enjoyed the culture and was excited by their level of transparency! Well done BCBS and thank you for opening your doors to us!

    September 19, 2012

  • Sean F.

    Excellent! Shifted from "what is this all about" to a disciple. BCBS is a great example Agile and Six Sigma embraced.

    September 19, 2012

  • Teresa

    Absolutely incredible. It was incredible to see all the different flavors of Agile working so well under "one roof". Kudo's to BCBSNE and Client Resources Inc. for helping to make this possible. Blue Cross Blue Shield is truly a pioneer. The key I came away with is that Senior Leadership must be behind Agile for success to come.

    September 19, 2012

  • Dorina M.

    Excellent learning and networking opportunity

    September 19, 2012

  • Dennis W.

    Very informative and exciting.

    September 19, 2012

  • Beth S.

    The tour was very nice. We had a few glitches getting large groups onto the elevators, and occasionally ran into other groups, but overall, well managed given the outstanding response! For future tours, perhaps you could set a limit on group size and assign the group number or letter as folks sign in....have them write it on their name tag.

    Thank you for accommodating all of the interested parties...I know it wasn't easy. You always manage to pull these off successfully!

    I look forward to seeing the pictures!

    September 19, 2012

  • Julie M

    It was fabulous! It was energizing to see the various examples and the successes that have been realized.

    September 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative, fantastic overall experience

    September 19, 2012

  • Lianne M.

    I really enjoyed this tour. I am currently taking a class on Managing Software Development using the agile methodology and it was really good to see the practical use of what we have been learning in class. Yes, we do activities in class but it was amazing to see the sticky notes and the break down of stories and tasks being used in real life by company.

    September 18, 2012

  • Karina S.

    Absolutely! And, transitioning to be a servant leader takes time and practice of letting go and trusting the team.

    September 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    As a graduate student from UNO I found this event to be fantastic. What I really walked away with was the thought that without the ability to utilize Agile and Lean methodologies the implementation of the exchange component of the new health care law would be exponentially more difficult. With so much of this regulation still undefined it seems that an Agile approach as opposed to a more traditional waterfall method provides the needed flexibility to adapt to this evolving program. I would be curious to see what sort of competitive advantage a company like BCBS using Agile to implement this program has over another organization trying to implement with a more traditional project management approach.

    September 18, 2012

  • Michael B.

    The observation that stuck with me most was: "Agile is not stand ups and sticky notes, it is a mindset shift. Servant leadership is a key aspect, you have to give up command and control, you have to remove impediments."

    1 · September 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was able to appreciate the real agile's work. I am learning this methodology now and was wondering how can this be implemented actually in the real work environment, all these post. I was also wondering how they manage to follow all the activities and I realized it was feasible. I really enjoyed learning about Kanban and found the work actually easy to follow. I hope I will join another meeting. Thank you for sharing the good works you are doing.

    September 18, 2012

  • Lowell W.

    Good information and an inspiration.

    September 18, 2012

  • Bayasal B.

    Very informative!

    September 18, 2012

  • Shawn T.

    I'm not going to make it either. Next time.

    September 18, 2012

  • Ronnie T.

    If you are not already on the list, and would like to attend, please stop by this evening with a photo ID, and that will get you into the program. We would appreciate it though if you could register on the site as well. There have been some people that have declined their invites today, opening up spots.

    September 18, 2012

  • Ron S.

    I will not be able to attend, Ron Strawn

    September 18, 2012

  • Dan P.

    I would also like to be added to the waitlist in the event that someone can't make the open house.


    September 18, 2012

  • Teresa

    Is there a wait list for last minute folks interested in attending?

    September 17, 2012

  • Sally E.

    Hey everyone, what has been on your mind these days about Agile? what is exciting you or puzzling you with your own Agile adoption? Share and start the conversation :)

    September 5, 2012

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