- Proxibid Agile Open House
Proxibid has graciously invited us into its organization to learn more about their agile journey. 5:30-6:15pm – Networking, food, and drinks 6:15 - 7:00pm Breakout sessions on Proxibid’s agile product development approach - Kaizen - Workflow and Constraints - Proxi-Moxie and Culture 7:00pm- Closing Remarks Additional Event Sponsors • Cordova Solutions: Food and Drink • Dinohead: Book Giveaway About Proxibid Proxibid is an Omaha startup success story that connects buyers and sellers for highly valued items. Bringing together more than 4,000 unique auctioneers, asset owners, and consignors with buyers from 190 countries.
- Managing Virtual Agile Teams - Creating Pathways For Agile Practices
Come join us, with speaker Stephanie Trudell, for an opportunity to learn about ways you can foster agile practices to occur with your virtual agile teams: Agile development was originally designed for teams that were physically co-located. The idea was that better communication during project activities would occur with teams that were able to meet face-to-face. In today’s modern workplace, team members can be globally distributed, either in the office or from home. To take advantage of the benefits of a distributed team, organizations need to recognize the challenges of virtual teams and create different pathways for agile practices to occur. Stephanie Trudell has been training project managers for the past 15 years. Stephanie is currently a contractor in the role of Scrum Master/Agile Project Manager. She holds certifications as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP), Agile ScrumMaster (CSM), Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC) and Six Sigma Black Belt. She holds a BS in Project Management with a minor in Business Administration, and a MS in Organizational Performance from Bellevue University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Human Capital Management. Her primary research interests include traditional and agile project management, leadership, risk management, knowledge management, psychological capital, and organizational performance 5:30-6 Networking 6-7/7:30 Stephanie/Q&A 7:30 - Closing
- CSG Open House "Product Management & Engineering: Bringing it All Together"
CSG Open House “Product Management & Engineering: Bringing it All Together” Come see how CSG has strengthened the partnership and flow of information among the Product Management, Engineering, Platform and Shared Services teams to enhance our approach to Portfolio Planning, Epic and Feature prioritization, and Capacity Management. 5:30-6:00 Networking/Food 6:00-6:15 Welcome, short video/plan for the night 6:15-6:30 Stop 1 – Technology and Product (TAP) room (Epic level view) 6:30-6:45 Stop 2 – Team board (Story level view) 6:45-7:00 Stop 3 – PI Planning (strategy/planning – Feature level view) 7:00-7:30 – Panel Q&A/Closing with door prizes Parking available on the south side of the 18020 Burt Street building. Please use the south entrance. Please note: You will need to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) when you arrive for the meetup.
- Mutual of Omaha’s journey to scale Agile and increase Business Agility
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. Parking- 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. Event Agenda- 5:30- Networking (Pizza & Beverages will be available) 6:00- Kickoff 6:30-Agile Fair Booths • Lean Portfolio Management • Development Operations • Customer Experience • SAFe Training and Coaching • Infrastructure & Operations • Audit • Enterprise Architecture • Senior Health and Service Agile Release Trains 7:30- Panel Discussion 8:00- Closing Remarks
- Product Management and Corporate Culture – Clash or Partnership?
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 Agenda 5:30-6PM - Networking / Food 6 PM - Introductions 6:10 - 7:10 PM Speaker 7:10-7:30 Q&A and Closing Statements
- DevOps Principles and Practices; Werner’s DevOps Story
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. Schedule: 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
- Valmont Tour
https://www.dropbox.com/l/scl/AAC3MAeZlxxgZP_azGmsw05vEnRHViNOmGA 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. Thanks. 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
- Unpacking Design Thinking!
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
- Enabling Innovation using Agile and Software Development Best Practices
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
- We’re Agile… Now What?: Business Agility at BCBSNE
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! Agenda 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