• Forging a Career Path in Unstructured Teams

    Robert W Baird & Co

    If there are no defined roles on an Agile development team, how do team members understand the skills they need to grow, feel a sense of progression in their careers and get ahead? Far too often, their answer is to look for a new job. This session is targeted at developers and their mentors. It will identify the skills required to be a holistic developer, a natural progression for achieving those skills, and how companies can create a culture of continuous learning to improve their IT teams and retain staff. Speaker Bio: Tracey Barrett is the Managing Director of NVISIA and the organizer of Milwaukee Agile. She has over twenty years of experience working in - and now leading - NVISIA's culture of continuous learning and helping their clients to adopt new technologies and learn to own them long-term. Meeting Logistics: 5:30 - 6:00: Networking and pizza, sponsored by Baird 6:00 - 7:00: Presentation 7:00: Drinks and discussion, first round sponsored by NVISIA

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  • My Agile Journey - By Deepti Suri of FIS

    Robert W Baird & Co

    Software development is hard but it has always been hard. Agile methodology, the buzzword of today, is not the panacea that will make things easier. It offers distinct advantages, but it is up to the people using it to harness them. As a software developer that has risen through the ranks and as an academic that firmly believes that software development should be grounded on the solid principles of a repeatable process, I will talk my development journey which has included several development methodologies. I will talk about how hanging on to the principles that have stood the test of time has made the transition across the various development methodologies easier! Deepti is a computer scientist by training. She received her undergraduate degree in Computer Science from India and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UWM. Prior to returning to the corporate world, she was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Milwaukee School of Engineering where she served as the Director of Software Engineering program for five years. She currently works at FIS where she leads several development teams for various fraud products.

  • Milwaukee Agile User Group Meeting

    Robert W Baird & Co

    This month's topic is "The Super Powers of Product Ownership". It was previously rescheduled to this date due to the weather. Both the original meetup announcement (with the full description) and this one are currently active, as people had signed up to both. Hope to see you there.

  • Super Powers of Product Ownership

    Robert W Baird & Co

    Super Powers of Product Ownership: Validating Value Delivery and Knowing when it will happen. --------------------------------------------- Would you gamble your yearly salary on a coin flip? Often times we bet larger sums of our companies’ money without even knowing we have such slim odds. Let science save the day! See how empiricism helps us with a practical example of advanced forecasting tools provide better visibility into not just when but also how certain we can be about when we’ll be done. We are not done when an increment is delivered to the market. We need to know how much value was delivered and if it met our expectations. In other words we need a feedback loop after delivery occurs. Without this confirmation it is like driving with your eyes closed. You are going to get somewhere, but probably not the place you want to be. About the Speakers: Jeff Maleski is a Sr. Agile Coach with CUNA Mutual Insurance in Madison Wisconsin. Over the past 15 years he has grown skills in professional game development as well as enterprise application development fulfilling specialties like Software Developer, Business Analyst, Quality Engineer, Scrum Master, Product Owner and Agile Coach. Jeff has also served as a Commissioned Officer in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Jeff Bubolz is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org, speaker, trainer, and agile coach. He has been a Product Owner, Scrum Master and Development Team member. He has worked with enterprise companies to small start-ups. While working with many teams across many companies he has found that most problems are not technology problems, but are organizational structure, process, and people problems. As a speaker, Jeff brings storytelling, a broad array of experience, and collaborative approach to public speaking. ---------------------------------------------- Meeting Logistics: 5:30 - 6:00: Pizza / networking, provided by Baird 6:00 - 7:00: Speaker presentation / Q&A

  • Super Powers of Product Ownership

    Oak Barrel Public House

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  • Know the humans, know the work

    Robert W Baird & Co

    Have you ever been in a meeting and thought “why doesn’t anyone know what I’m trying to say”? Or in a project and thinking “how do I get us to speak the same language”? I have found from the various roles I’ve played through my journey to a Business Analyst, that if you get to know the humans you work with, the work will in turn become easier. This talk will be a journey with all the lessons I have learned on how to quickly Win Others Over (WOO) and how to take a step back and learn where your counterparts are coming from. Mary Robinson’s Bio: Mary is a psychology girl “stuck” in an IT world. She started her career as an in-home therapist working with autistic children and moved into the IT world with a manual QA role. An interesting journey to server upgrade, hardware support, software support, IVR building to Business Analyst was only possible through hands-on experience, offering to learn and embracing her unique self. She is going to take you on a five step journey that anyone can take to know the humans and how that can in-turn impact your project work. Please join us! Meeting Logistics: 5:30 - 6:00: Pizza and networking, sponsored by Baird 6:00 - 7:00: Speaker presentation 7:00: The 16th Minute drink at Stella on Van Buren, first round sponsored by NVISIA *Please feel free to continue the discussion with us for a drink after the presentation at Stella on Van Buren, attached to the US Bank Building*

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  • Annual 2018 Milwaukee Tech Showcase

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    Is Milwaukee a Tech Hub? Come discover the answer is YES! The Milwaukee Tech Showcase's primary goal is to foster collaboration in the Milwaukee tech community. IT leaders from across the area will share their 2018 accomplishments, the challenges they faced throughout the year and where they are headed next. The format will combine Keynote presentations, spotlighting individual organizations, and panels discussing the key technical areas we're all focused on: Cloud, Mobile, Data, Modernization and Culture. You'll be impressed to discover just how vibrant Milwaukee's tech community really is. The secret sauce to the showcase is what happens off stage, though. The event has a relaxed atmosphere that makes conversation natural. Topics quickly travel from the panels to the attendees, as IT leaders in the audience connect with their peers to engage in the conversation, and share their own experiences. Please visit out website for more information: www.mketechshowcase18.com and reach out for details on recieving free registration: [masked] We hope you're able to join!

  • Transitioning from Manager to Agile Leader

    Robert W Baird & Co

    On December 4th, 2018 we are honored to have Sean Geeleher presenting at the Milwaukee Agile Meetup. As Agile disrupts corporations, perhaps no one is more disrupted than the front line manager. In this presentation, Sean will cover why this is occuring, tools that can help us change, and thoughts on how to act going forward. You won't get all of the answers but you'll be shown some areas that can help improve. Sean is an IT guy with over 20 years of experience. He has a robust IT background of network operations, project management and software development that covers primarily two different industries: federal government and logistics. He currently leads a software development team and teaches people on agility. Please joing us! Meeting Logistics: 5:30 - 6:00: Pizza and networking, sponsored by Baird 6:00 - 7:00: Speaker presentation 7:00: The 16th Minute drink at Stella on Van Buren, first round sponsored by NVISIA *Please feel free to continue the discussion with us for a drink after the presentation at Stella on Van Buren, attached to the US Bank Building*

  • Strengthening Business & IT Relationships

    Robert W Baird & Co

    **November 6th, rescheduled Meetup!** On November 27, 2018 we are honored to have Erin Allen of Sargento presenting on Strengthening Business & IT Relationships. We’ve been talking about Business-IT alignment for years and yet it still feels out of reach for many IT organizations. Surveys of business leaders show technology spend outside of the CIO budget is growing at a faster pace partly because IT is too slow to respond to business needs but also because the lines between enterprise IT and business-led technology are blurring. During this meeting, Erin will cover some actions you can take to strengthen the relationship between Business and IT. Erin Allen is currently the Director of IT Strategy and Architecture at Sargento Foods Inc. Her team is responsible for technology innovation and working with business leaders in roadmap development that uses technology to accomplish business goals. Previously, Erin was at Harley-Davidson as a Digital Product Manager where she co-lead Digital Strategy development. Having spent over 20 years in software development and architecture practices across several industries, Erin loves to help people envision the art of the possible through emerging technologies. We look forward to this presentation! Meeting Logistics: 5:30 - 6:00: Pizza and networking, sponsored by Baird 6:00 - 7:00: Speaker presentation 7:00: The 16th Minute drink at Stella on Van Buren, first round sponsored by NVISIA *Please feel free to continue the discussion with us for a drink after the presentation at Stella on Van Buren, attached to the US Bank Building*

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