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Agile – Making it Work for You

Location: College of Professional Studies Room 116

Notes: Networking starts at 5:00 PM with pizza and soda to be served at 5:30.  The presentation will begin at 6:00 PM

About Our Speaker Gary Wunrow - Gary Wunrow is a 1992 graduate of the Joint Military Defense Institute at the Presidio of Monterey in California.  Mr. Wunrow is currently a Program Manager at Sentry Insurance in Stevens Point, WI.  Prior to joining Sentry Insurance in 2004 he served in the US Army as an Intelligence Technical Analyst and consulted for numerous manufacturing companies in the Milwaukee and Fox Valley area.  He has been actively involved in the Agile community since 1998. Over the Past 15 years he has managed projects of all sizes using many of the methods considered to be part of the Agile movement.

About our Speaker Jim Stitzlein - Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Mr. Jim Stitzlein is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Sentry Insurance a Mutual Company.  He is responsible for the leadership of the Company’s information technology strategy, applications and operations, joining Sentry in 2001.

Prior to joining Sentry, Mr. Stitzlein started his career in 1985 with Huntington Bancshares located in Columbus, Ohio.  Mr. Stitzlein started as an entry level programmer analyst, holding positions of increasing responsibility in both Information Technology and Corporate Finance until he was promoted to CIO in 1998.

Mr. Stitzlein graduated from The Ohio State University in 1985 with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Information Systems and Accounting.  Mr. Stitzlein passed the Ohio CPA exam in 1991.

Presentation Description - Agile software development and project management have moved passed “bleeding/leading edge” and into the mainstream.  Today you can’t talk about software development without hearing “Agile”.  The problem is that “Agile” is a very broad term that encompasses many methods or methodologies.  The term can mean many different things to different people.  We will briefly cover the basics of Agile (origin, history, definition, benefits, popular methods).  Building on the basics we will dive deeper into implementation strategies for agile (picking the right method for the project/organization, change management, pitfalls).  Attendees should expect to gain a very basic understanding of what agile is with a high level road map for implementation.

Following the presentation, there will be a special Q&A session with Gary and Sentry's CIO Jim Stitzlein.  This session will give guests a chance to get a 360 degree view on what agile development can bring to the table.  Whether you would like to learn more about a specific methodology, or what it may take to convince your team or company to go agile.

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  • Jay D.

    Thank you everybody for your feedback. For those of you who are interested in viewing the materials from Gary's presentation, I have uploaded them to this site. Please click on the "More" tab and select "Files". If there are any troubles you can post a reply right here. Thanks again,

    September 30, 2013

  • Gary W.

    Thanks to everyone for the great feedback. The level of engagement from the group during the presentation / Q&A made what can be "dry" content come to life. Keep the posts coming on what you may want to see in a follow up session.

    September 30, 2013

  • Steve

    I thought the presentation was excellent, with great pace and content for a solid foundation on Agile. I would look forward to deeper dives into 1 or more of the four methodologies touched on - XP, Scrum, Kanban, & SAFe - or hybrids of such, involving real world examples and challenges.

    September 30, 2013

  • Jerry K.

    Great Event. Look forward to more sessions detailing out Agile

    September 26, 2013

    • Phil S.

      I agree. Glad it started at the 30, 000 foot level.

      September 27, 2013

  • Aaron K.

    Had a great time, and really enjoyed meeting a lot of very bright people. Great presentation, Q&A was fantastic and loved the enthusiasm during the social hour following.

    September 27, 2013

  • Daniel D.

    This was a solid presentation illustrating at a high level the core tennants and principals of agile. It was a bit different in format as often the presentations are a mix of lecture coupled with a high degree of live demonstrations. While I don't advocate turning the group into a pure lecture format, the change of pace is both necessary at times due to topic, and keeps it varied.

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • Dean G.

    Thanks for a great meeting! I really appreciated the lack of tribalism and breadth of coverage in the talk.
    I've found this group to be a great resource in that vein, and helped me understand a lot of the foundations of Lean and Systems Thinking that makes Agile work.

    The closest Agile user group is in Appleton, and meets about every other month, and they're a friendly and welcoming groups to all folks (devs, managers, SM,POs, etc.) interested in Agile:

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • Jeff A.

    A lot of background and history. If they do a second I think it should be more focused on one or two methods and not run through at 90mph. The Q&A coming from both sides was awesome, I liked getting both sides views and thoughts and I think overall it worked really well.

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • Doug S.

    Very knowledgeable speaker.

    September 25, 2013

  • Phil S.

    Well organized with an interesting and informed presenter.

    September 25, 2013

  • Brian H.

    CIS/Psych double-major, looking forward to seing how Agile fits into a real-world enterprise development management strategy.

    September 25, 2013

  • Kevin B.

    Student at UW Stevens Point; attending through Tim Krause's WDMD 365 Game Development course

    September 24, 2013

  • Jay D.

    Hello Joe, My apologies for the delay. We had a few difficulities getting the same room as our previous presentations. As of today, CPS 116 has been reserved for September's presentation. Thanks,

    September 6, 2013

  • Jeremy B.

    This is a great topic. I would like to attend but I will be out of town for business this week.

    September 5, 2013

  • Josh J.

    Looking forward to it! Gary is a book of knowledge when it comes to agile! I'll spread the word.

    August 28, 2013

  • Jake Z.

    Can't do Wednesdays until the end of November.

    August 19, 2013

  • Jake Z.

    Bit far out to be 100% certain

    August 19, 2013

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