This event is being hosted by Agile Transformation Inc. and Mutual of Omaha. The focus will be on Mutual of Omaha’s journey to scale Agile and increase Enterprise Business Agility. They have chosen the SAFe framework for execution and have launched 5 Agile Release Trains (ARTs). Hear about their journey and meet those working on and launching the Agile Release Trains. You will also hear from those supporting the launches, such as Enterprise Architecture, Customer Experience and Infrastructure & Operations.
Due to security reasons registration will close for this meetup 4 days prior to the event.
Mutual of Omaha, 3400 Dodge Street Omaha, Nebraska
Attendees can park in the west surface lot or in the parking garage ($1 per hour). There is no street parking allowed on 34th Street. A campus map can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rsnp9deghzkur7j/MoO%20Campus%20Layout.pdf?dl=0
Guest check-in instructions-
Attendees should enter the Dodge Street entrance and check-in at the table in the middle of the lobby. Check-in will start at 5:00 and end at 5:45 pm.
5:30- Networking (Pizza & Beverages will be available)
6:30-Agile Fair Booths
• Lean Portfolio Management
• Development Operations
• Customer Experience
• SAFe Training and Coaching
• Infrastructure & Operations
• Enterprise Architecture
• Senior Health and Service Agile Release Trains
7:30- Panel Discussion
8:00- Closing Remarks
Entrepreneurship has once again obsessed the American culture. We often admire the minds and abilities of the likes to the creators of Tesla, Amazon, and Facebook. There is, however, a whole army of similar individuals within Corporate America who perform comparable roles, but often behind closed doors. Meet the Product Managers – the intrapreneurs who move the needle for companies across the world and ensure that innovation is an elementary part of corporate operations. In this session, we’ll explore the role of the Product Manager, how it fits with variety of operational styles, and how to provide the necessary support structure to ensure continued innovation within your companies.
Speaker: Marina Brown, Product Manager, Werner Enterprises
5:30-6PM - Networking / Food
6 PM - Introductions
6:10 - 7:10 PM Speaker
7:10-7:30 Q&A and Closing Statements
We have a great opportunity for you next week. We have two speakers coming to us from the DevOps world. We'll not only get to understand what DevOps means, and how it gets enabled in an organization. But we'll get a look inside Werner Enterprises's DevOps Ongoing Journey.
5-5:30 PM - Networking at Agile Transformation's new digs
6 - Introductions
6:05 - 6:45 - John Weland (Deliveron)
- What is DevOps
- DevOps Enablement Strategy
6:45 - 6:50 Break
6:50 - 7:30 - Michael Twigg (Werner Enterprises)
- The Werner DevOps Story
7:30 - Q&A
7:35 - Wrap Up
The drop box link shows you how to get to the visitor center, and where the parking will be. You don't have to stop at the guard post, just drive through carefully.
Valmont Industries will open their doors to share their Agile Outside of IT journey for their Irrigation Division. Come for an interactive meetup to hear how Valmont is scaling Agile, tour of team spaces, and lessons learned.
Timeline: · 5:30 – 6:00 Networking Time · 6:00 – 6:15 Valmont’s Journey · 6:15 – 7:15 Tours · 7:15 – 7:30 Lessons Learned and Wrap Up
• What to bring
• Important to know
Welcome to Omaha Agile's first meetup of 2018. We know its short notice, but we have an opportunity to learn about a topic that is making more and more of a buzz in the industry. Design Thinking. Businesses are constantly exploring ways to enthrall customers. Oftentimes, capturing the unstated needs/wants leads to creation of new offerings that re-engage and delight the customers. Design thinking is a powerful tool to uncover such needs & wants which helps to build meaningful systems. This session will give you a POV from a practitioners perspective in using design thinking, in a business-technology context.
Special Thanks to our speaker, coming to us all the way from India, Nishanth Perathara. Nishanth is a design thinking specialist that works for an organization called Tech Mahindra. He's here on an engagement with Werner Enterprises, and has graciously volunteered to spend some time with all of us to educate us on this topic.
Hope to see you all there on Tuesday, February 6th. Sincerely,
Ronnie Thomas on behalf of the Omaha Agile User Group Board
5:30 PM Networking (Please do not arrive before 5:30 as extra coordination is required for that - Thanks in advance)
6 - 7:30 PM Announcements and Speaker
7:30 PM - Close out event
Speaker: Doug Durham - CTO - Don't Panic Labs
There has been a lot of focus on agile practices as a means for increasing productivity of development teams, and rightly so. As companies consider software innovation initiatives, it will be critical that these methods are adopted within those efforts.
However, agile methodologies by themselves will not create the sustained agility and throughput that companies should expect from their software innovation teams. At Don't Panic Labs (https://dontpaniclabs.com/), we have spent years working on new product development and have achieved success through recognizing that agile processes are a part of a larger product development culture that also includes the integration of software design and development best practices. In this talk Doug will discuss how DPL (https://dontpaniclabs.com/) has integrated these best practices and discuss lessons learned and benefits.
Doug has over 30 years of experience with software engineering and development in aerospace and defense, healthcare, manufacturing, ecommerce, consumer web applications, and internet network services.
He’s passionate about the process of software design and development and the application of sounds principles and patterns to these efforts.
He is a co-founder of Nebraska Global and Don’t Panic Labs.
Read Doug’s blog posts (https://dontpaniclabs.com/blog/post/author/doug/).
Please don't arrive prior to 5:30 PM
5:30 - 6 PM - Networking (Food and Drink)
6 PM - Speaker
Congratulations! You’ve officially committed to the methodology of your dreams!
You’ve thrown traditional concepts to the wind, toasted to a happy, long life of inspecting and adapting and joyfully welcomed three amigos.
That was then.
Now you’re iterating, constantly managing the task board while also discussing where the process waste is and how it should be taken out.
While you wouldn’t ever want it any other way, do you at times, find yourself just going through the motions of agile ceremonies? Is it as if that blazing fire driving burn down chart after burn down chart, has been reduced to warm coals?
If so, this session was made for you…
Our guest speaker, Susan Courtney, EVP of Operations, Business Process and Shared Services, will share how we have expanded our agile operations to leverage the framework more globally throughout the organization. We have also taken IT and Business Collaboration to the next level through an innovative way to partner and take a concept from ideation to production in just 21 days! The evening will also include tours of our collaborative work environments and of course food and fun! See you there!
5:30-6:00: Arrival and Dinner
6:00-6:15: Welcome Intro Susan Courtney
6:15-6:30: 21 & Live Panel
6:30-7:15: Guided tours
7:15-7:30: Closing & Drawings
To deliver products that delight your customers, you need to understand who your customers are, what they need and what solutions they want to buy and use. It is easy to lose focus on your customers and users as you design and build features.
In this collaborative session, you will discover a rapid and lean process for developing and selecting solution ideas and testing them with customers or end users in just 5 days. The 5 Day Solution Discovery Sprint was developed by employees at Google and then refined and tested through Google’s Venture Capital firm, GV.
Learn how to take your product idea and rapidly develop potential solutions, select solutions to test and get it in front of potential users to gain critical feedback before investing in software development. We will also discuss how you can incorporate 5 Day Solution Discovery Sprints into your existing Agile and Lean frameworks and processes.
Why is this process so painful? Why does everyone dread performance appraisals? If you're an Agile team then this is even MORE painful because the role of your manager has changed so much - they don't have all the information needed to solely judge your performance.
Through this session, we'll dig deeper into this subject and share new modern and Agile ways for thinking about performance management for organizations scaling Agile adoption. We'll also talk about the new role of HR departments.
Come learn from an world expert on Agile HR, Fabiola Eyholzer and bring your HR Leaders and executives to this one!
7:30 - Closing
A first for our group, we will be having Scott Ambler talk to our group virtually. We are asking attendees to still come together for networking before and after the event.
Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) is the solution development portion of the Disciplined Agile (DA) process decision framework. DAD is a hybrid that adopts proven strategies from Scrum, XP, Agile Modeling, Outside In Development, Lean/Kanban, DevOps, and others in a disciplined manner. DAD provides goal-driven, tailorable advice for the full solution delivery lifecycle that goes beyond the software-construction focus of other agile methods. Because delivery teams do not work in a vacuum DAD is enterprise aware, showing how agile teams can leverage and enhance their existing IT ecosystem in a governable manner. DAD is at the forefront of modern agile/lean methods for the enterprise.
Scott will discuss:
What the Disciplined Agile (DA) framework is
Why a hybrid approach is necessary for enterprise development
How to take a goal-driven, instead of prescriptive, approach
Why a full delivery lifecycle is required and what your options actually are
What complexity factors you need to consider when tactically scaling agile
What it means to be enterprise aware
5:30-6PM Networking6-7/7:30 Scott's Talk