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.