SPIN Events

UX Design Panel Discussion

Join us for a UX Design Panel Discussion where we will be discussing all things related to user experience, UI design, trends, and much more!

Moderator: Chris Hayes - Director, Development Center, Centare

Panel Participants:
  • Rachel Krause - UX Designer and Lean UX Coach, Centare
  • David Pfeiffer - Senior UX/Information Architect and Strategist Consultant, Infotech Enterprises
Date and Time
Wednesday, 04/26/2017
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM Free Food and Networking 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
 
Location
Robert W. Baird & Co.
VandenBerg Room on the Galleria Level
777 E Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Cost
Free, thanks to our sponsors
Speaker Bio:
David Pfeiffer, Senior Information/User Experience Architect,  InfoTech Enterprises
 
David is an information and user experience architect and strategist for apps and websites having worked in the field for more than 12 years. During that time he contributed to over 40 B2B, B2C and Ecommerce websites and mobile apps at various agencies such as Hanson Dodge, LayerOne, CI Design, InfoTech and his own company, DPA Software. David was the UX architect and marketing manager for a best selling Android and iOS password manager app mSecure. In addition, he has held positions with Accenture and was a founder in several start-up ventures in Texas and Wisconsin. As an entrepreneur, David produced various Adobe Photoshop plug-ins and Microsoft Office add-ins. David earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University and has been awarded 4 patents.
 

Project Management Techniques for Test Estimation Optimization

Abstract

A testing effort must have a beginning and an end.  To understand what the end looks like (what “done” looks like), an accurate and efficient testing estimate based on risk is paramount.  This discussion focuses on how you can use 3 simple Project Management techniques to generate and improve your test estimations.  Projects are more easily understood if broken down into smaller units.  In project management, this is referred to as a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).  This same technique can be used for Test Estimation optimization.  We use the Constraint Triangle (also called the Project Management Triangle or the Iron Triangle) to determine customer satisfaction based on 3 (sometimes 6) differentiating factors. The risk based test estimation can be derived in a similar fashion.  Finally, understanding what “done” looks like using elicitation from key stakeholder interviews can help you determine where the end of your testing effort really is.

Key Learning Points

  1. Learn test estimation and optimization using project management techniques
  2. Create a Work Breakdown Structure for a real life example
  3. Use the Work Breakdown Structure for test estimation and optimization
Date and Time
Wednesday, 03/29/2017
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM Free Food and Networking 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Skyline Technologies
N16 W23217 Stone Ridge Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53188

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Cost
Free: Thanks to our Sponsors including our hosts Skyline Technologies
Speaker Bio:

Tom Janik, American Family Insurance

Tom Janik has over 20 years of experience in QA and Automated Testing Management. He is a Certified Software Test Engineer and has helped start up several QA departments at companies like Rockwell Automation, Cardiac Science, and FunJet Vacations. Managing combined manual and automated efforts, he has successfully planned, created, and executed several custom automation frameworks built in Rational Robot, WinRunner, Rational Functional Tester, VB.Net, and Selenium Webdriver 2.0. Over the last 3 years at American Family Insurance, his focus has been Release Management and most recently the conversion to DevOps, including Build/Deploy and Environment Management. Tom received his BS in Computer Science from Marquette University in 2001, his CSTE in 2003, and his CSQE in 2004.

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Software Architecture Panel Discussion

Join us for a Panel Discussion focusing on trends in Software Architecture.
 
Moderator: Chris Hayes - Director, Development Center, Centare
 
Panel Participants:
  • Bob Laferriere - Senior Director of Technology Platforms, Direct Supply Inc.
  • Steve Zobrist - Architecture Consultant, Infotech Enterprises Inc.
  • Steve Hicks - Developer, Centare
Date and Time
Thursday, 02/23/2017
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
 
Location
Centare
300 N Executive Dr. Suite #300
Brookfield, WI 53005

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Cost
Free thanks to our Sponsors and Centare.
Speaker Bio:

Bob Laferriere is a diehard New England sports fan and fun-loving and driven technology leader, in that order. Bob is currently Direct Supply’s Senior Director of Technology Platforms and Chief Software Architect where he oversees a cross-functional team of software, platform, and IT professionals that build and maintain the software and systems platforms for the company. His teams are responsible for delivering the common software (SaaS) and platform architectures (PaaS) helping fuel Direct Supply's innovative product developments in the Senior Living industry.  Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University in Biomedical Engineering and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is Six Sigma Green Belt certified.

Steve Zobrist is a technology strategy and architecture consultant for Infotech Enterprises, which creates software solutions for a myriad of industries. An MSOE graduate, Steve has assisted businesses in crafting their custom software, e-commerce, mobile, and cloud solutions since 2006. Ever a passionate process improvement advocate (and certified Scrum Master), he also advises and trains businesses on restructuring and training during transitions to Agile organizations and methodologies. In his spare time he can be found perfecting his craft beer recipes or out on the Milwaukee festival scene, enjoying all the city has to offer.

Steven Hicks is a full-stack web developer with almost 20 years of experience. He believes in clean, readable, and maintainable code. Steve likes to use the right tool for the job, especially if the right tool is JavaScript. He strongly believes that if you ain't falling, you ain't learning.

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Quality Assurance Panel Discussion

Join us for a Quality Assurance Panel Discussion where we will be discussing agile testing, QA involvement in a project's lifecycle, test automation, and much more!
 
Moderator: Chris Hayes - Director, Development Center, Centare
 
Panel Participants:
  • Lynn Wolfgram - Quality Engineer, Centare
  • Leon Schmidt - Managing Partner/Principal Consultant, QAsis Labs
  • Marc Revoredo - QA Manager, DentaQuest
  • Tim Sanner - Director of Software Testing, FIS
Date and Time
Wednesday, 01/25/2017
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
 
Location
National Business Furniture
770 S 70th St
Milwaukee, WI 53214

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Please use the rear entrance. Parking is available on the side and back of the building.
 
Cost
Free thanks to our Sponsors and National Business Furniture.
Speaker Bio:
Lynn Wolfgram has over 15 years of experience in technology and over 8 years of experience in QA and testing. Lynn has worked with a wide variety of industries and projects. Experiences include leading QA efforts, active participant in Agile Teams and Agile Testing, Scrum Master and promoting growth for other team members. Lynn currently works as a Quality Engineer and Scrum Master at Centare. Her most recent endeavor for the QA community was organizing and hosting QA Camp, a half day conference here in Milwaukee.  Lynn holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems from UW-Madison.
 
Leon Schmidt is a managing partner and an active principal consultant for QAsis Labs.  He has spent most of his career in test automation development but also has expertise in load / performance, DevOps, team leadership and organizational change management for QA.  Leon has over 16 years of experience and continues to focus on creating and delivering QA strategies that generate high value for his clients.
 
Marc Revoredo has worked in software testing for 20 years, most recently as a the Manager of Software Quality Assurance at DentaQuest.  There he is overseeing the build-out of Agile testing processes and Centers of Excellence for Automation and Performance Testing.  Previously experienced as a Project Manager turned Scrum Master, he loves the challenge of mentoring waterfall testers into the ways of Agile.  
 
Tim Sanner is currently the Director of the Software Testing teams for the Global Retail Payments Division of FIS.  His teams, primarily located in India and the US, test the Credit, Debit, and Prepaid Card systems, as well as Fraud and Back Office processing. He has over 30 years experience in the Processing of Financial EFT transactions.
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Why Complex Adaptive Systems Require Simple Adaptive Frameworks

Organizations do not change simply because someone commands them to. It is difficult to manifest change and even more difficult to sustain it. It is not just that it is difficult to predict how people will react to change, but that people have conflicting behaviors regarding change. On one hand, most people want to understand what they are to do, on the other hand, they don’t want to be mandated to. Too much change can cause resistance, too little can cause stagnation.

The bottom line is any approach must have the following characteristics in order to maximize its chances of success:

Provide a straightforward method of starting that addresses only a few key items

  • This requires an approach that works on the challenges of the organization
  • This implies the starting point must be an assessment to determine what these challenges are

Provide a method of seeing how well one is accomplishing these initial actions (inspect and adapt) and adjust accordingly

Provide a method to determine if different actions are needed (double loop learning) and adjust accordingly

This talk discusses:

  • Why this general approach is required
  • How one can start with a simple framework attending to only a few things
  • How to adjust this framework by modifying what is being worked on as the organization evolves its approach
Date and Time
Tuesday, 11/01/2016
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Centare
300 N Executive Dr. Suite #300
Brookfield, WI 53005

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Cost
Free thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With over 40 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, SAFe, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas. Al is a SAFe Program Consultant Trainer as well as a co-founder of Lean Kanban University (no current affiliation) and the Lean Systems Society of which he is a former board member. Al has developed training and coaching methods for Lean-Agile that have helped Net Objectives' clients achieve long-term, sustainable productivity gains. He is a popular speaker at prestigious conferences worldwide. He is the primary author of books on design patterns, enterprise agile, scrum and agile design. Al has worked in literally dozens of industries over his career. He has a Masters in Computer Science from M.I.T. as well as a Masters in Mathematics from Emory University.

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The Business Analysis Life Cycle (and What Makes a Good BA?)

The core work of a good business analyst focuses on the “High Five” for any project – 1 Stakeholder Analysis, 2 Current State Analysis, 3 Future State Analysis, 4, Gap Analysis, and 5 Requirements.  The Business Analysis professional should represent the business need at every stage of the Solution Development Life Cycle (SDLC), from Inception, Elaboration, Construction/Testing, and Transition.

 

A good Business Analysis professional not only has tools and techniques to carry out the “High Five,” but also possesses qualities such as good communication skills, critical thinking abilities, and attention to the business need (vs. ‘wants’) to keep the product scope managed.  The Business Analysis professional also helps guide change manage

Date and Time
Wednesday, 10/19/2016
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Skyline Technologies
N16 W23217 Stone Ridge Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53188
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Cost
Free: Thanks to our Sponsors including our hosts Skyline Technologies
Speaker Bio:

Tomette J. Kirk was the first Certified Business Analysis Professional CBAP (July 2009) in the Greater Milwaukee Area. She has an exceptional blend of interpersonal, facilitation, and industry-standard Business Analysis skills. She utilizes the BABOK* for creating presentations about eliciting, analyzing, and communicating high quality requirements for technical and process solutions.

 

She is the writer and facilitator of full-day Business Analysis Boot Camps and one-hour seminars that are the foundation for the Business Analysis Competency Center at Humana. She has presented at the Southeast WI IIBA Chapter meetings, WI BADD, and BA World.  She currently serves as the Past President of the Southeast WI IIBA Chapter, and will be the VP of Education and Certification for 2017-2018. She holds degrees from TCU and Vanderbilt.

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Preparing your Product for Development: A Panel Discussion

Product development involves a series of steps that include conceptualization, design, development, and marketing.  These steps can be accomplished in a variety of ways and with a vast set of tools.  Join us on September 28 for panel discussion on conceptualizing and preparing your product for development.  The discussion will focus on the early stages of conceptualization and cover the use of road maps, product backlogs and other tools and ideas to help you get your product development project started.

Date and Time
Wednesday, 09/28/2016
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Robert W. Baird & Co.
VandenBerg Room on the Galleria Level
777 E Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Cost
Free, thanks to our sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Corleen Heidgerken has over 18 years of experience in technology, having worked for a variety of industries in both development and product management. She most recently served as the Director of Product for Okanjo, a local Milwaukee startup, where she focused on innovation in the Ad-Tech and Ecommerce spaces

Erik Weber is the CIO/COO of TRICAST, Incorporated. He is a proven leader with a track record of innovation, challenging conventional practices with research-based modern management principles, scaling product development to the enterprise, and developing and inspiring healthy teams.

Erik brings nearly 15 years of experience to TRICAST, beginning his career with a series of technical roles at GE Healthcare before moving into management consulting with a specific focus on agile product development and modern leadership. He founded and ran his own consulting company, as well as partnered with Centare. He has an influential and distinguished reputation in the technology community, speaking at conferences across the nation and serving on the board of Milwaukee Agile. He is also affiliated with Scrum.org where he is one of 150 Professional Scrum Trainers in the world.

Mr. Weber holds a Bachelor of Science in Biocomputer Engineering from Marquette University.

Jay Yanko Director, Retail Solutions, Verizon Digital Media Services (AOL) with Global responsibility for sales and business development in the retail travel and hospitality industries for Content Delivery Network and Digital Media Solutions. Founder of Pink Unicorn and former senior positions with Edgenet, Verizon, Compuware, BORN and Cap Gemini. Jay Yanko has over two decades of experience providing solutions through innovative deployment of business process and technology. He is an inventor, designer, educator and a recognized leader in multi-enterprise collaboration and integration strategies, Global Data Synchronization, Service Oriented Architecture and Master Data Management.

Mr. Yanko has worked with many of the world's leading retailers, manufacturers and industry organizations, leading the conceptual and practical development of industry standards and solutions for Global Data Synchronization and retail specific service oriented architecture. He is a former chair-person of the GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) Architecture Committee and a contributing author of the Association of Retail Technology Standards (ARTS) Service Oriented Architecture Blueprint for Retail.

A technologist, turned sales & marketing leader and change agent Mr. Yanko has a unique view of the business and information technology sides of an organization and how they need to work together to drive aggregate value for an enterprise.

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James Bach presents: The Secret Life of Testers

This is a talk about how testers use time, and why it's often difficult to explain where our time goes. Mr. Bach will present a colorful way to visualize different categories of testing time.

Date and Time
Thursday, 06/23/2016
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Robert W. Baird & Co.
VandenBerg Room on the Galleria Level
777 E Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Cost
Free thanks to our Sponsors and Northwestern Mutual
Speaker Bio:

James Bach is a co-author of Lessons Learned in Software Testing and sole author of Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar. He created the Rapid Software Testing methodology and is the co-founder of the Context-Driven Testing School of testing thought.

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Finding Business Value in the midst of Agile, ITIL®, PMO, Lean Six Sigma, and Shadow IT

There are always new methodologies that come into the industry. For many of us the reality is probably not a strict adoption and adherence to any specific methodology but many soft rollouts creating a melody of approaches which might seem to bring more confusion that clarity.  This will be a story about BAs finding their way through a plethora of methodologies while still staying true to the most important thing: providing business value.

 

Presentation Objectives:

- How to stay focused on business value, not on process methodologies.

- How to stay focused on business value, not on individual interests.

- How to stay focused on business value, not on new technology.

Date and Time
Tuesday, 05/17/2016
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 6:25 PM MKE-SPIN Board Election 6:25 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Skyline Technologies
N16 W23217 Stone Ridge Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53188
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Cost
Free: Thanks to our Sponsors including our hosts Skyline Technologies
Speaker Bio:

Lindsay O'Hair and Keith Ashley-Wright

 

Lindsay is a Certified Scrum Master and is preparing for the CBAP. She has worked primarily on software development projects in e-commerce, ERP systems, content management and interactive marketing.  In 2011 she earned a Masters in Psychology with a concentration on Organizational Development through Walden University.  Through many experiences on cross-cultural teams, Lindsay is hooked on building a common vision within organizations regardless of individual backgrounds.

 

Like many Business Analysts, Keith’s transition from acting as a Business Analyst to officially having the title of Business Analyst was slow. He has enjoyed the actual title for four years with the coop Organic Valley.  He has primarily worked on software implementation projects, however with the introduction of Agile/Scrum he has played the SCRUM master/Business Analyst role more and more.

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DevOps; A Tester's Best Friend

Have you ever asked yourself how DevOps could succeed in a company that has an existing set of testing processes, deployment practices, multiple segregated environments, and silo teams?  Is it possible to take autonomous teams and bring them together to increase efficiencies within the deployment pipeline in a large company that’s ingrained with “we’ve always done it this way”?  We asked these same questions at American Family Insurance. What we discovered was that by uniting certain teams, re-evaluating the tools we used, streamlining processes, and integrating our environments, we could evolve into a DevOps culture that offered our developers continuous integration and our testers expediently deployed code in stable environments, all seamlessly integrated.  Join us as we discuss the before, the, after, and the step-by-step process American Family took to evolve toward planned production maintenance releases, an automated deployment pipeline, standardized smoke tests, and stable testing environments to facilitate better functional and integrated testing processes.

 

Things you will learn:

How it is possible to combine the Build and Deploy, Software Configuration, Environment Support, and Release Management team into a functional DevOps culture within a large Fortune 500 company?

How you can retrain the people in an existing departments to understand the concepts of a DevOps culture and combine them to form a DevOps culture?

How integrating and deploying code daily can achieve stable environments, yet meet continuous integrations requirements of multiple development teams located through the world and help find defects faster?

How you can simplify the transition with the use of existing environments to create fully integrated and stabile environments that meet the needs of crunched schedules and timelines?

Date and Time
Thursday, 04/14/2016
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Skyline Technologies
N16 W23217 Stone Ridge Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53188
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Cost
Free: Thanks to our Sponsors including our hosts Skyline Technologies
Speaker Bio:

Tom Janik has over 20 years of experience in QA and Automated Testing Management. He is a Certified Software Test Engineer and has helped start up several QA departments at companies like Rockwell Automation, Cardiac Science, and FunJet Vacations. Managing combined manual and automated efforts, he has successfully planned, created, and executed several custom automation frameworks built in Rational Robot, WinRunner, Rational Functional Tester, VB.Net, and Selenium Webdriver 2.0. Over the last 3 years at American Family Insurance, his focus has been Release Management and most recently the conversion to DevOps, including Build/Deploy and Environment Management. Tom received his BS in Computer Science from Marquette University in 2001, his CSTE in 2003, and his CSQE in 2004.

 

Ken Robertson has over 30 years of management experience in manufacturing technical production, application development, project/ program level management, and testing. His testing experience includes the startup of Application and System Integration testing at American Family Insurance. He currently manages the integration testing, performance testing, exploratory testing, and financial testing teams. His education includes degrees in data processing computer programing and business mid-management as well strong experience implementing Lean concepts in manufacturing at a major nationwide window treatment manufacturer.

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What the Who Knows: Six Steps to Mastering Stakeholder Profiling

Are there stakeholders that you've been told are off limits? Has your team missed requirements because an important stakeholder was overlooked? Have you ever had a project sponsor tell you what stakeholders are 'available' to you? Do you have stakeholders that you invite to participate, but they seldom, if ever, attend? Are you tired of the time-wasting, 'all-team' meetings?

If you've answered, "yes" to one or more of these questions, then this presentation is for you. In the requirements development process, stakeholder profiling is a technique used to identify the right people, as well as a valuable planning tool for managing when and how much you engage each stakeholder.

Manage and optimize the resources you have.

Eliminate wasted time in 'all-team' meetings.

Increase stakeholder buy-in and commitment to the requirements.

Date and Time
Tuesday, 03/29/2016
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Corvisa
1610 N 2nd St Suite #101
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Free parking along 2nd street
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Cost
Free thanks to our Sponsors and Corvisa
Speaker Bio:

Roxanne Miller is the “Requirements Super Freak.” Her book, The Quest for Software Requirements, is an in-depth reference guide with over 2,000 elicitation questions and a tested framework to help individuals make their project work more efficient and effective. Roxanne has been involved in the Information Technology (IT) industry since 1984 and founded Requirements Quest® in 2001. She has been consulting on requirements process improvement and business analysis practices for over 15 years. Roxanne earned a bachelor degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA.

As a result of her expertise, passion, and energizing presentation style, Roxanne is a frequent speaker at business analysis industry conferences such as BusinessAnalystWorld. Furthermore, she is a back-by-popular-demand speaker for non-profit organizations such as Project Management Institute (PMI), Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN), and Wisconsin Information Systems Quality Assurance (WISQA).

Roxanne is an active member and advocate of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®), and is a Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®). She founded the IIBA Greater Madison Chapter, Wisconsin, USA, and served as President from 2006 to 2011. Additionally, Roxanne helped Wisconsin IIBA chapters unite and launch an annual event, WI BADD® (Wisconsin Business Analyst Development Day), which is devoted to the education, development, and networking opportunities for business analysis professionals.

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10th Annual Evening with Executives

Milwaukee Software Process Improvement Network 10th Annual Night with Executives is a C-Suite forum where executives share and provide insight, perspective, and knowledge in a Panel discussion setting.   Our Panel is comprised of mid to senior level professionals from the corporate and service sectors, from the Greater Milwaukee Area.
 
This year's panel members are:
 
*         Kelly Renz is President and CEO of Novo Group         *
*         Eric Hanson is the Vice President of IT for HUSCO International         *
*         Tim Patneaude is a SVP and Director of IT and PMO at HSA Bank         *
*         Terry Rowinski serves as Chief Operating Officer for Health Payment Systems (HPS)         *
 
Alex Yarmulnik of AY Consulting will facilitate this year’s event. Alex will lead the discussion where the panelists will have the opportunity to answer questions on a variety of topics ranging from technical to workforce.
Date and Time
Thursday, 02/18/2016
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM Executive Roundtable
 
Location
Wells Fargo Advantage Funds
100 Heritage Reserve
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
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Cost
Free thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:
Kelly Renz is President and CEO of Novo Group
With nearly two decades of executive leadership experience in both human capital and operations/P&L roles, Kelly has found that organizational transformation and developing business execution excellence is where she thrives. Whether it is a start-up, change management, turn-around/reorg or high growth environment, she enjoys working on complex business problems across an enterprise. She has lead a breadth of practice areas supporting overall business effectiveness – M&A (deal project management, due diligence and integration lead roles), global human resources, organizational effectiveness and efficiency (including process improvement and workforce effectiveness), talent acquisition, talent development, org design/OD, employee relations and risk management, performance management and other core business operations and P&L management in operations.
 
Eric Hanson is the Vice President of IT for HUSCO International
Mr. Hanson has nearly twenty years of IT leadership experience spanning manufacturing, financial services, and insurance.  In 2015, Eric received national recognition from CIO.com and Network World for leading digital innovation at Milwaukee Tool.  An energetic relationship builder, Mr. Hanson is known for his progressive and business-focused application of IT and for building highly productive, dynamic teams. Eric is also a prominent public speaker. 
 
Tim Patneaude is a Senior Vice President and Director of Information Technology (IT) and Project Management (PMO) at HSA Bank
Tim joined HSA Bank in 2015 and has over 25 years’ experience managing large-scale IT projects and teams, including software development and implementation servicing commercial, financial, and public sector markets. He previously worked for Wausau Financial Systems (WFS), a Deluxe Company, serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Operating Officer. He has also held executive IT management positions at Metavante. In his most recent role at WFS, he established an infrastructure architecture and IT services model to engage with internal stakeholders to help the company exceed its corporate goals while building a culture of cooperation and partnership across the entire organization. At Metavante, he played a vital role in transforming the IT organization by leading the implementation of an information life cycle management methodology and introducing the Six Sigma quality methodology to his division. He earned his BA in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
 
Terry Rowinski serves as Chief Operating Officer for Health Payment Systems (HPS)
Terry has a wide range of responsibilities including developing business strategy to guide all business operations. He is responsible for the information technology and operational infrastructures across HPS.Terry brings over 25 years of executive management experience focused on efficiencies through the use of technology and business process optimization. Prior to joining BuySeasons, Terry held several operational management roles at Exel Logistics/DPWN , Kohl’s Department Stores and McHugh Software (now JDA ).
 

Management is broken. Time for an upgrade!

The management practices of the last century are outdated and based on motivational theories that have been proven ineffective. The modern workplace is different than it used to be and requires innovative techniques to engage employees. This is especially true in the highly collaborative, creative, and information-centric industry of software. The move towards agility in software brought processes and frameworks to follow, but few (if any) of these frameworks cover the details of leaders' and managers' responsibilities for the most important part of a software organization - people. And not just any people - people who are truly engaged with their work.

This session explores the historical context that supports why management in software needs to change and what purpose managers should seek to fulfill. Then we'll cover a handful of specific techniques that leaders in software organizations can use to foster a more engaging environment among their teams or peers. You will leave with renewed perspective on management along with several engaging activities that can be used in your organization right away.

Date and Time
Wednesday, 01/20/2016
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Brookfield Public Library
1900 North Calhoun Road
Brookfield, WI 53005
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Cost
Free thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Alex Hardin is passionate about creating and growing environments in which people are able to work at the most creative, happy, fulfilling, and motivating levels possible. He truly believe that people are the most important part of the modern business and that such a belief should be reflected by actions, communication, and management and leadership styles.

 

Throughout his career Alex has filled organizational leadership positions as well as many of the roles on software development teams. He had the privilege of being with the same team from the time it was 2 people to the time it was 50 people. As a leader throughout this growth Alex was able to see the kinds of practices and activities that worked for the team and which ones didn't. Concepts from Management 3.0, Lean Startup, Scrum, and other agile frameworks helped us maintain an excellent culture while scaling the team. Alex is motivated by any opportunity to build on these experiences by helping other leaders and teams through similar growth.

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Bridging the Gap between IT and 'The Business'

Technical trends are constantly changing.   What remains constant with all IT organizations is a need to elevate IT to a value-added business partner.   With a history or 'us' and 'them', IT organizations struggle to bridge the gap and transform themselves to strategic partner

 

We'll cover four components of every IT department that impact strategy implementation and how to use these factors to facilitate communications, discover the real needs of the business, and raise the position of IT to strategic partner

Date and Time
Monday, 11/09/2015
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Brookfield Public Library
1900 North Calhoun Road
Brookfield, WI 53005
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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Sally Anlin is owner of IT Team Transformations where she works with companies to design and build a foundation for scalable growth and sustainability.  She does this through a unique combined expertise in technical and soft skills within software development, organization development, and performance management.

 

Sally has over 20 years of experience leading teams to deliver high quality technical solutions that meet business needs. Her areas of expertise include:

  • Creating competency frameworks and talent management systems targeted at technology professionals
  • Training, coaching, and mentoring executives, managers, and individual contributors
  • Moving IT organizations up the maturity curve by designing and implementing customized best practice for Software Product Development, Business Analysis, Project and People Management, and Leadership.

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Increasing Business Insights and ROI with Microsoft’s Data Analytics Platform

This session will provide an in-depth review of how Microsoft’s continued investment in the Azure Data Platform and Power BI can be leveraged by organizations to build sophisticated data analytics solutions. Hear practical advice on how to deploy the newest Microsoft data platform and front-end applications to transform data into actionable information and enable self-service business intelligence capabilities for end users. 

Learn in plain language how to structure solution components, with technical details sprinkled in for immediate use.  This session is not to be missed.

Date and Time
Tuesday, 10/20/2015
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Skyline Technologies
N16 W23217 Stone Ridge Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53188
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Cost
Free: Thanks to our Sponsors including our hosts Skyline Technologies
Speaker Bio:

Chris Fleming is the Director of Skyline’s Data Analytics practice. Skyline’s DA practice is comprised of engineers and consultants who specialize in assisting our clients is maturing their organizational analytic capabilities. Chris has been an associate of Skyline for over 17 years. In previous roles, Chris was the Vice President of Technology Services where he was responsible for the delivery of all Skyline projects in terms of process, quality, consistency, staffing and technology. Prior to this role, Chris was Chief Technology Officer where he had responsibility for establishing and setting technical direction for Skyline and client engagements.

Chris received his BS in computer information systems from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 1985. Chris is a Member of Microsoft Business Intelligence Partner Advisory Council (BIPAC) and a Microsoft Virtual Technology Specialist (V-TSP). Chris a Board Member for both Skyline and The Trout Museum of Art.

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Strategy Mapping: Clear path to a successful Agile strategy

Strategy is about change and your Agile strategy is no exception. Your Agile strategy needs to describe what changes will be made, what will bring about the changes, and what the resulting value will be for the organization.

A Strategy Map – a diagram used to capture and communicate an organization’s strategy invented by Robert Kaplan and David Norton – illustrates the cause-and-effect relationships of actions and outcomes that will drive change and achieve the strategic goals of an organization. Whether you are about to embark on an Agile transformation journey or you’re currently using Agile methodologies and looking for ways to drive improvement, the process of strategy mapping is an absolute prerequisite.

Strategy mapping helps create much needed clarity around the critical and interconnected concepts of goals, objectives, and activities. Each plays an important and specific role in a well executed strategy including an Agile strategy. Thus, aligning and communicating goals, objectives, and actions you will take to arrive at the future state is critical for engagement and execution of the strategy.

Participants will walk away from this session with the ability to use strategy mapping as a tool in leading transformation and continuous improvement initiatives in their organizations. Participants will be given an overview of the strategy mapping process and will co-create a strategy map with other participants through a facilitated workshop. Participants will also see how the strategy map can be used beyond strategy development and support continuous improvement and action planning at an organizational level.

 

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will understand the structure and design of a Kaplan- & Norton-style strategy map

Participants will co-create an Agile strategy map through a collaborative workshop

Participants will learn how a strategy map can be used as a continuous improvement tool at an organizational level

Participants will walk away with a tool and process to facilitate engagement and understanding of an Agile strategy

Date and Time
Thursday, 09/24/2015
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Free Food (Provided by Corvisa) and Networking 6:00 PM - 6:15 PM MSPIN Board introduction and updates 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A * Space is Limited
 
Location
Corvisa
1610 N 2nd St Suite #101
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Free parking along 2nd street

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Cost
Free thanks to our Sponsors and Corvisa
Speaker Bio:

Dave Neuman

Brady Corporation

Digital Engineering & Emerging Technologies Leader

 

Dave Neuman is a seasoned technology and business leader with almost 20 years of experience working with organizations of various sizes from Fortune 100 to small, regional consulting to advising startups in roles of software engineering, product engineering, consultant, IT, PMO, and management. Dave is a Certified Scrum Professional and Innovation Games Collaboration Architect with experience leading two major organizational Agile transformations including adoption of Scrum and Lean at the team, portfolio, and management level. Dave combines a systems-thinking technical mindset with a passion for people and leadership development that inspires and contributes positively to the improvement of those around him. 

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James Bach Presents - How to Build an Analyst

I have been a programmer and tester for a long time. From early on I wanted to be GREAT at my job. This was difficult for the obvious reasons: programming and testing are deep skills. But it was much harder than it could have been, because our industry is persistently incompetent about competence. We continue to think people can be programmed with scripts the same way computers can. People do become good at technical work, but they rarely know how they got good, how good they really are, or why other people aren't as good. In this talk I will describe the approach I have developed for systematically building better thinkers. I apply this to tester training and coaching, but the same principles apply to all of us.

Date and Time
Thursday, 05/14/2015
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Free Food and Networking 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Manpower Inc.
100 Manpower Place
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(Visitor parking is in parking structure accessible from Cherry St)

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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors and Northwestern Mutual
Speaker Bio:

James Bach is a consulting software tester at Satisfice, Inc. After spending a few years as a video game programmer, in 1987 he became the youngest manager at Apple Computer when, at 20, he was hired to run a test team. He has been a tester ever since. He spent about ten years managing testing in Silicon Valley, but for the last fifteen years, he has traveled the world teaching the Rapid Software Testing methodology and serving as an expert witness on court cases involving software testing.

 

James is the author of two books, Lessons Learned in Software Testing and Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar. His special focus is helping companies make the transition from "factory-style" testing to systematic skilled software testing whereby each tester takes his professional development seriously. He is a founder of the influential Context-Driven school of testing and a charter member of both the Association for Software Testing as well as the International Society for Software Testing.

 

James is a fierce critic of useless standards like ISO 29119 or certification programs like ISTQB that make the testing field look silly. He believes we can and must raise the standard of our craft or else we will forever be the helpless prey of any opportunist who looks good in a suit

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Nonfunctional Requirements

Oh, No! Not Nonfunctional!

The day of the big move is upon you. The semi-truck stuffed with all of your personal furnishings pulls up to your new home. The moving crew gets to work at once, and swiftly begins unloading and carrying your things through the front door. Suddenly the harmonious dance that the crew performs comes to a screeching halt. As eyes roam back and forth from the front door to your magnificent grand piano, your heart nearly stops as you realize that the piano is not going to fit. What are you going to do?

Functionally, the home builder constructed a beautiful home. However, somehow this nonfunctional detail was missed. Does this scenario sound familiar to any of the missed requirements on your projects lately? Do performance requirements such as response time, throughput, capacity, and availability get missed? What about flexibility requirements such as scalability, multi-lingual, installability, and extendability? Roxanne Miller will reveal "patterns" of nonfunctional requirements that can reduce the possibility of missed requirements that cause project rework. Come and find out what you've been missing.

 

Learning Objectives (at the end of the session, participants will be able to):

1. Recognize the difference between functional and nonfunctional requirements.

2.  Understand various categories of nonfunctional requirements.

3.  Discover the simplicity of this frequently misunderstood and overlooked requirement type.

Date and Time
Monday, 05/11/2015
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Free Food (Provided by Corvisa) and Networking 6:00 PM - 6:15 PM MSPIN Board Elections 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A * Space is Limited
 
Location
Corvisa
1610 N 2nd St Suite #101
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Free parking along 2nd street

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Cost
Free -Thanks to Corvisa and our Platinum Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Roxanne E. Miller is a self-proclaimed “Requirements Super Freak.”  Roxanne founded Requirements Quest® in 2001, and has been consulting on requirements process improvement and business analysis practices for over 15 years.  Her clients include several Fortune 500 companies, and span industries such as financial, insurance, higher education, and manufacturing.  She earned a bachelor degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA.  Roxanne’s book, The Quest for Software Requirements, is an in-depth reference guide with over 2,000 elicitation questions and a tested framework to help individuals make their project work more efficient and effective.

 

Roxanne is an active member and advocate of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®), and is a Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®).  She served as President of the IIBA Greater Madison Chapter, Wisconsin, from inception in 2006 until March 2011.  Additionally, Roxanne helped Wisconsin IIBA chapters unite and launch an annual event, WI BADD®(Wisconsin Business Analyst Development Day), which is devoted to the education, development, and networking opportunities for business analysis professionals.

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Leading Process Improvement Initiatives - Through Organization Change Management

Change is something companies must do if they are to survive and compete in today’s business world. The successful management of change using a project-based intervention is crucial for any organization to succeed in the highly competitive and evolving global business environment.

 

For many, expensive flaws persist in their approach to change. This presentation examines effective models of change along with key operating assumptions worth understanding. Discussion will address how to assess readiness for change including organizational members' shared resolve to implement a change (change commitment) and shared belief in their collective capability to do so (change efficacy). Organizational readiness for change varies as a function of how much organizational members value the change and how favorably they appraise three key determinants of implementation capability: task demands, resource availability, and situational factors

 

This presentation will describe both successful and unsuccessful efforts to bring about large-scale change and will provide a cogent illustration of the various interventions that lead to success. Two major questions will be addressed:

1.       What are reliable operating assumptions about dealing with change, and how do you apply them?

2.       What are approaches for dealing with change, and how do you recognize and choose among them?

Date and Time
Wednesday, 04/22/2015
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food (Provided by Corvisa) and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Corvisa
1610 N 2nd St Suite #101
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Free parking along 2nd street

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Cost
Free -Thanks to Corvisa and our Platinum Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Scott Stribrny, Co-Founder, President and Managing Director of Group Atlantic, Inc. has advised private, commercial, and governmental organizations on successful strategy development and operations improvement since 1992, following a career with Rockwell International. He is also an author with Cutter Consortium's Business Technologies Strategies practice and is a thought leader with the IT Metrics and Productivity Institute (ITMPI), an organization dedicated to best practices education in IT management, project management, and software development.

 

Scott is a senior advisor to Fortune 500 CXOs, and program/project managers worldwide on the effectiveness, rewards, and risks of their high-tech programs and policies. He is currently advising on agile organizations, high-performance teams, techniques for effective product requirement definition and risk management, as well as adapting modern software development techniques to fit specific business needs. Management interests include organization change management and technology-based competitive strategy.

 

Mr. Stribrny is a co-founder and former leader of the Chicago Software Process Improvement Network, and was an organizer of the 1998 Software Engineering Process Group conference. He can be reached at Scott.Stribrny@GroupAtlantic.com.

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How software development evolves when you leverage the cloud

During this informative session Kenny Young will be discussing how leveraging the cloud has changed his perspective on software development. He will take you on his journey of almost ten years working with cloud technologies, from Software as a Service to Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service. Kenny will discuss how organizations needs and expectations are changing and how you can help position you and your team for success. Cloud technologies are just that – technology – you need to ensure your organization and team members understand how software development practices are going to impact your business delivery value. From this session you will take away:

Why the cloud?

How are organizations using it?

What is Dev Ops and should we form a Dev Ops team?

How does software development tools and processes change when you leverage the cloud

What has worked, what has not?

If I were to do it again, what would I change?

 

 

With new technologies comes new processes, tools, architecture and all sorts of change management, leaders and technical person alike need to be prepared and have a vision, get a jump start with someone who has already been through the challenges. He may not have all the answers, but he will advise on what has not worked and why.

Date and Time
Thursday, 03/26/2015
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Manpower Inc.
100 Manpower Place
Milwaukee, WI 53212 USA
(Visitor parking is in parking structure accessible from Cherry St)

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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors and Manpower
Speaker Bio:

Kenny Young is the Cloud Practice Director and Microsoft Cloud VTSP at Skyline Technologies. Kenny has successfully managed internationally based teams on multi-million dollar projects spanning years with fortune 100, 500 and 1000 companies. He has extensive experience building out high performance teams that deliver software and cloud services via methodologies such as Agile SCRUM and Domain Driven Design. He led Skyline to winning Microsoft Regional Azure Partner of the Year and obtaining ALM Gold competency.

Kenny has worked in various positions over the past 15 years in consulting, product development and corporate organizations. This along with holding various roles such as PM, analyst, developer, business development and leadership provides Mr. Young with a unique perspective.

He has worked with numerous areas of the Azure platform including PaaS, IaaS, Azure marketplace, HA, DR, etc. Under his leadership Skyline has acquired customers such as SC Johnson, Trek Bikes, Green Bay Packers, SoftwareOne, US Venture, Dorner Conveyor Systems, Appleton Group, etc.

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Agile Business Techniques – Using Short Cycles to Improve Value

Business changes at a faster pace today than ever before, some even say that change is accelerating.  It’s time to learn modern techniques for realizing value and staying ahead of your competitors.  Experience new ways to validate ideas before significant investments are made and drive transparency into every day work. Discuss a little about popular agile deliver frameworks such as Kanban and Scrum. Learn ways business functions outside of software development such as Finance, Legal, and Human Resources can support agile delivery. You can build a company and a culture that responds to change; your competitors already are. Spend an hour exploring these ideas and begin experimenting with agile business and delivery techniques to delight your customers and improve your organization. 

Date and Time
Thursday, 02/26/2015
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Manpower Inc.
100 Manpower Place
Milwaukee, WI 53212 USA
(Visitor parking is in parking structure accessible from Cherry St)

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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors and Manpower
Speaker Bio:

Robb Pieper is a Senior Consultant with Brookfield-based Centare’s Agile Practice. He serves as a business agility trainer/coach, Kanban trainer/coach, and a Scrum.org certified Scrum Trainer/Coach. Robb has played a pivotal role in developing the Agile Transformation capabilities for Centare in Chicago & national markets and is passionate about helping others to continuously improve. In his spare time Robb enjoys reading books on modern management, bicycle riding, and listening to super-technical metal riffs.

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Mitigating Global Cyber Threats

Special Agent Franz will address the cyber threat to business secrets stemming from Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) Actors and criminals utilizing spear-phishing and watering hole attacks.  He will also discuss the intellectual property (IP) threat to mobile devices and U.S. business travelers abroad.  In addition to these threats, Special Agent Franz he will discuss insider threat and techniques to mitigate it.

Date and Time
Thursday, 01/29/2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Manpower Inc.
100 Manpower Place
Milwaukee, WI 53212 USA
(Visitor parking is in parking structure accessible from Cherry St)

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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Byron Franz is a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and has worked national security investigations for over seventeen years.  Prior to coming to the FBI's Milwaukee office, he spent ten years in Indianapolis, where he was a member of the FBI Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT) Team and lead the investigation of an Indiana man who was convicted of acting as an agent of the former Iraqi Intelligence Service under the regime of Saddam Hussein.  Special Agent Franz currently serves as both the InfraGard and Strategic Partnership Coordinators for the FBI's Milwaukee Division, where his job is to form partnerships with corporations and academia to better protect intellectual property and trade secrets.  Special Agent Franz has a B.A. in International Relations and Russian from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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When is the last time you invested in your career?

Join Ms. Heather Page as she leads MSPIN lunch-hour Webinar to learn about the 6 top career strategies you should consider to drive your career.

 

A top reason people seek a Career Coach is they haven’t invested time in managing their own careers.  It takes motivation and determination for someone to decide to make a major career decision.   It also takes time to know just how to strategize the next phase of your career. 

Date and Time
Wednesday, 12/17/2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Webinar
 
Location
https://meet.lync.com/milwaukeespin-com/vicepresident/0FCWD89X
 
Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Heather Page is the founder of Lasting Impact Solutions, LLC ™, with over 25 years of experience in HR Leadership, Recruiting & Coaching, she coaches a range of individuals who are at a crossroads in their careers but don’t know where to start.  Whether you are seeking to increase your marketability within your current organization, planning a career change or want to change companies, having an experienced coach who knows what organizations need is key! 

 

Heather holds a Masters in Adult Education/Instructional Design from Alverno College, a BA, UW-Milwaukee and holds a RCC (Registered Career Coaching Certification, PHR (SHRM), CIR Certification (certified internet recruiter).  She also holds certifications in Behavioral Interviewing/Coaching, MBTI/DiSC and competency modeling to name a few.

 

Heather also is also an Adjunct Professor at Marquette University where she teaches Human Resources to Undergraduate students.     She has presented at numerous Conferences, Colleges and Community-Based groups and has held numerous Board positions throughout her career. 

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Quality Assurance Panel Discussion

Join us for a Quality Assurance Panel discussion. We will discuss the difference between testing and QA, QA process, testing automation and much more!

Moderator: Dave Neuman -  Director of Consulting Services / Client Partner, SPR Companies

Panel Participants:

  • Debbie Koepf - QA Manager, Kohl’s
  • Deepak Jayavant PMP, CSTE, CSQA – Tech Program Director, Lochbridge
  • Drew Tiedtke – Manager, Development Center, Centare
Date and Time
Thursday, 11/20/2014
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM QA Roundtable
 
Location
Wells Fargo Advantage Funds
100 Heritage Reserve
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Platinum Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Debbie Koepf is a QA Manager, Corporate Business Service Division at Kohl’s Corporation.   This position is responsible to deliver Quality Assurance Services through a Managed Service engagement across Credit, Finance, Marketing, and Data Warehouse portfolios.

Prior to this position, Koepf was a QA Manager for Agfa Healthcare, GE Medical Systems Patient Monitoring division, and Marquette Medical Systems. These positions included implementing a Quality Management process from the initial project planning phase; throughout the software development lifecycle.  During her career, she has held many positions of increasing responsibility in Quality Assurance.

Koepf has a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from University of Wisconsin Madison and a master’s degree in business from DeVry University Keller Graduate School of Management.

 

Deepak Jayavant has been involved in Quality Assurance Practice Management, Project Management, IT Audits (ISO 2000:9001/CMM-i), Business Analysis, Application and Product Development. Certifications include PMP, CSTE, CSQA, MCSD and awards/recognitions for service delivery, innovations and process improvement initiatives. In-depth knowledge on SDLC methodologies, QA Process, Test Automation, Performance testing and QA assessments. Currently leading the QM Practice for Lochbridge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and building QA service offerings and solutions.

 

Drew Tiedtke has more than 20 years of QA and Testing experience across a broad range of industries.  He has served a wide variety of QA and Testing roles from a team contributor to QA Director.  His experience includes leading distributed QA teams,  Agile QA teams as well as leading teams through CMM Level 3 audit preparation. Drew is currently Development Center Manager for Centare where he leads the QA and Mobile development areas.

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First Annual Evening with the Human Resource Executives

Learn how Human Resource Executives align with the increased demand Businesses require with Technology Solutions.

 

Topics Include

Attracting and Retaining Talent

Growing transition skill sets with effective training

Align Talent Acquisition with IT Hiring Managers

How your organization is working with educational institutions

 

 

This year's panel includes

Kelly Renz, VP of Organizational Effectiveness at CoreLogic

Angie Hiltunen SPHR, Human Resources Director at Skyline Technologies

Kristin Adler, Assistant Director, Employer and Campus Relations - Marquette University

 

Facilitated Panel Discussion Format: Each panelist will have 5 minutes to introduce themselves and their company. Then we will have question and answer portion where the panelist will have the opportunity to answer questions posed by facilitator on a variety of topics. We will finish the discussion with a brief question and answer session with the audience.


 

Date and Time
Thursday, 10/30/2014
***** CHANGE IN PROCESS **** 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Registration 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM Networking - Miss Katie's Diner
 
Location
Raynor Library - Marquette University
1355 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53233
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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Platinum Sponsors
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Second Annual Member Mixer and Appreciation

Milwaukee Software Process Improvement Network Members is kicking off the 2014 - 2015 Events with our Second Annual Member Appreciation and Mixer Event.

 

The board welcomes you to join us in a social setting to learn more about your interest in how we can help support your professional growth through education and networking. We’ll discuss Speaker and Education track options from on-line and in-person member meetings for us to target our actions meet the interest of our members.

Date and Time
Thursday, 09/25/2014
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM – 6:30 PM Member Briefing Presentation 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM Organized Mixer 7:15 PM – 8:00 PM Drawing for $100 Gift Card giveaway! while Networking continues
 
Location
Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum
401 W. Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203
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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Platinum Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Brought to you by the Entire MSPIN Board:

 

Leading the discussion: Sally Anlin (Membership Chair) and Julia Wort (Event Chair)

 

Participating board members include: Tim Dooley (President), Dave Neuman (Vice President), Tom Janik (Treasurer), Tom Kaczmarek (Sponsorship Chair) and Lindsay Cicenas (Communication Chair)

 

Second Annual Evening with Development Executives

How do Development Executives do it?! In a time when Agility is key, change is expected and Information Technology continues alignment with Business objectives. Top executives in the greater Milwaukee area are driven to deliver more sophisticated solutions than ever before. Please join us in learning how these Executives meet the demands of businesses within the rapid change of technology.

Some of the topics up for discussion will include:

-          Development Methods, Waterfall or Agile (when to use and how to ensure success)

-          Cloud (when to consider it and does it make financial sense)

-          Mobile development

-          Attracting and retaining talent

-          Analytics

-          Benchmarking/peer sharing

Date and Time
Thursday, 05/15/2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Panel Discussion ** Free Parking ** Parking located at 749 N 16th St. (on 16th just North of Wisconsin Avenue) Simply mention that you at attending the “Milwaukee SPIN Meeting” to the parking attendant and Marquette University will pay for parking!
 
Location
Marquette University
Olin Engineering Center
Enter approximately 15th and W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI. 53233
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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Panel members include:

 

Carissa Rollins: VP, Merchandising and Product Development Systems, Kohl’s Department Stores

Nate London: Director of Application Development & Support, DentaQuest

Jeffrey Petersen: Senior Director of Engineering, API Healthcare (a GE Company)

Dhaval Vasavada: VP of Software Engineering, CoreLogic (Powered by M&S/B)

 

We are excited to have Thomas Kaczmarek, PH.D., Master of Science Computing, Marquette University facilitate this year’s event. Tom will lead the discussion where the panelists will have the opportunity to answer questions on a variety of software topics ranging from technical to workforce. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions your burning questions too.

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Responsive Web Design (RWD) Panel Discussion

Join us for a lively discussion on April 24th on RWD. We will explore the following topics with our event and Gold sponsor, Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC along with three Platinum sponsors; Centare, New Resources and Skyline Technologies.

•         Mobile first vs. desktop first – User experience and content strategy aspects

•         Educating project team members about RWD benefits and opportunities

•         Context-aware features beyond RWD; How to leverage mobile/tablet features

•         Device detection – Pros and cons using media queries vs. JavaScript vs. 3rd party

•         Frameworks – is there a benefit to using a framework to avoid re-investing the wheel; pros/cons

•         # of breakpoints – Are three breakpoints sufficient (desktop, tablet, mobile); what are the trends; accounting for orientation.

•         Supporting browsers and platforms vs. optimizing

•         Performance considerations- Images, large pages, Ajax, etc.

•         Testing – Accounting for multiple browsers/versions, platforms; recommended tools; lower environment access

Date and Time
Thursday, 04/24/2014
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM RWD Roundtable
 
Location
Wells Fargo Advantage Funds
100 Heritage Reserve
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Moderator: Brian Mahloch – Senior Software Engineer, Skyline Technologies

Panel Participants:

  • Jennifer Lavicky -E-business Consultant, Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC
  • Aaron Hayon – Senior Software Engineer, Skyline Technologies
  • Ken Otte- UX Consultant, Centare
  • Kevin Reck - Practice Lead, New Resources
  • Matthew Friedel, P.E. - Instructor - Marquette University  College of Engineering & Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
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Leveraging Microsoft tools to make data more accessible and actionable

Come learn how others are leveraging Microsoft tools to make data more accessible and actionable when and where it’s needed.

 

Customers running SAP have a wide variety of options when looking to enhance the user experience of their SAP applications. Additionally as users push to extend the reach of their applications to mobile and reporting platforms, dozens of possibilities present confusion and delayed implementation. Whether you are looking to extend the reach of existing SAP applications or providing Integration scenarios for SAP and Salesforce or other ERPs and CRMs, you don't need to be restricted to the tools provided by those vendors.

 

Attendees will learn options for

•         Building Reporting Dashboard solutions

•         Extending SAP applications for Mobile

•         Building forms and workflow applications

•         Building powerful and affordable extranets

•             Deploying Master Data solutions material management

•             Deploying Winshuttle software connecting people with SAP

 

You should attend if you're looking to

•         Improve user adoption

•         Extend SAP access to Mobile

•         Integrate multiple SAP & Non-SAP landscapes

•             Add value and functionality to their SAP information

 

The agenda for the event will cover:

•         Microsoft/SAP Partnership today

•         Business Solutions

o    Deploying Customer/Supplier Extranet

o    Master Data for Material Management

o    Building Business Intelligence Solutions

o    SAP Mobile Solutions

•         Winshuttle overview

•         Deploying SAP scenarios in the Windows Azure Cloud

Date and Time
Monday, 03/24/2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 7:50 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Brookfield Public Library
1900 North Calhoun Road
Brookfield, WI 53005
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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Bill Topel

Bill has been in the consulting services industry for over 20 years. He has successfully held positions as VP of Corporate Development, VP of Sales, VP of Channel Management and has had Operational & P/L responsibility for technical practices with over 100 consultants.

Bill has a full understanding of the process required to engage channel partners, internal and external sales, delivery teams and marketing functions.  His hands-on approach with customers provides instant creditability in the solutions and products being positioned.  His diverse technical and business background enables him to fully understand Return On Investment models and leverage all available intellectual property to successfully sell and deliver.

Bill has built strong relationships with several software companies, specifically Microsoft’s regional leadership.  He is regarded as a person that fully understands the complex internal and external Microsoft ecosystem.  Additionally, he is fully briefed on several Microsoft strategic products, marketing and business initiatives.

His over 20 years of IT services experience has provided him a vast knowledge of technology and business trends, which, in turn, has given him all the experience required to identify and capitalize on future business changes and challenges.

Naresh D. Koka

Naresh Koka is responsible for overseeing all solutions for MPS Partners. He is an expert in SAP interoperability, recognized for his ability to help customers rapidly benefit from their SAP investment by enabling a better user experience and driving employee acceptance of the company’s SAP implementation.

A thought leader in the business process space, Naresh has helped set the direction for companies he has worked for and influenced people to follow that direction. He has over 15 years of experience in the consulting services industry in diverse positions ranging from development lead and architect to manager and director.

In his leadership roles, Naresh managed client-facing consulting activities including the execution of a wide variety of business solution implementations. He also successfully managed multiple client relationships and played an instrumental role in driving increased customer satisfaction and new business development opportunities at existing customers.

Prior to joining MPS Partners in 2007, Naresh was a Senior Manager in the Service Oriented Architecture group at Chicago-based WHITTMANHART. There he led several successful enterprise SAP integration projects for WHITTMANHART clients. Previously, Naresh served as a manager at Scheyer-Austin, Ltd., where he helped customers benefit from integrated solutions bringing business data from back-end systems like Mainframe and AS/400 to the masses.

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Scaled Agile Framework

Join us for a brief introduction to the Scaled Agile Framework  and then explore some of the primary lean/agile principles and concepts used by the framework to achieve enterprise level alignment, transparency, and predictability.

Date and Time
Thursday, 02/20/2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Fireside Chat and Q&A
 
Location
Sponsored by Marshall & Swift/Boeckh (MSB)

Pavilion at Hoyt Park Pool - 1800 North Swan Boulevard, Wauwatosa, WI. 53226
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Cost
Free thanks to MSB and our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Tony Wahmhoff is a SAFe SPC and specializes in enterprise agile & lean coaching and consulting for software development teams.

 

Highly principled and accomplished systemic thinker dedicated to enabling and scaling agile teams to deliver predictable and sustained value through transparency, alignment, collaboration, prioritization, and continually optimizing lean execution.

Avid and passionate student, reader, and researcher regarding best practices of software development, project management, and how to apply them to optimize execution.

Stop starting and start delivering value!

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8th Annual Evening with Executives

Have you ever wondered what goes on at the highest level of an organization? Top executives in the Wisconsin area are driven to deliver more sophisticated solutions than ever before. Please join us in learning about how these Executives meet the demands of businesses.

Date and Time
Thursday, 11/21/2013
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM Executive Roundtable ** Free Parking ** Parking decks are located at 749 N 16th St and 1240 W. Wells St. Simply mention that you at attending the “Milwaukee SPIN Meeting” to the parking attendant and Marquette University will pay for parking!
 
Location
Marquette University
Raynor Library Beaumier Suite.
1355 W Wisconsin Avenue.
Milwaukee, WI. 53233

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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Mollie Bell is the Chief Engagement Officer for Filene where she develops and fosters relationships and communities while growing awareness of Filene's research and innovation in the marketplace. Mollie is passionate about working with Filene's credit union, corporate, and cooperative partners and supporters to maximize their engagement with Filene by connecting ideas to issues.  Mollie brings a wide spectrum of experience to Filene with past roles involving people leadership, strategic thinking, and get-it-done implementation. She comes to Filene from CUNA Mutual Group, where she served as vice president of the Program Management Office, an enterprise-wide, business-focused function. Prior to that, she was a consultant, secondary public school teacher, interior designer, sales associate, and restaurant owner. She earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and BBA from Lamar University.

 

Sean McCormack is the Chief Technology Officer for Harley Davidson Motor Company. Prior to joining Harley Davidson, Sean held numerous leadership roles at Manpower International, most recently Chief Architect with global ownership for all key platforms across 82 countries and 5 lines of business.  Sean holds his Executive MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Terry Rowinski joined the BUYSEASONS team in 2008 as Vice President of Operations and was appointed SVP and Chief Operating Officer in 2010.  Prior to joining BUYSEASONS, he served in executive operational roles with Deutsche Post/Exel, Kohl’s Department Stores, and Red Prairie. Terry brings over 20 years of experience leading high-growth companies/divisions as well as fiscal turnaround initiatives primarily within operational and organizational management roles.  Terry has a multidisciplinary focus on operational efficiencies, profit and loss modeling, strategy and tactical execution as well as human capital development to drive revenue and profit growth.  At BUYSEASONS, Terry is presently in charge of the company’s call center, distribution/fulfillment functions, digital and flexographic manufacturing, direct sales team, facilities and maintenance functions, human capital management, information and systems technology teams, and organizational strategy. Terry earned a BBA in Management Computer Systems and Finance from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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Business Intelligence - What is Next

Enterprise Business Intelligence is reaching another cross roads with regard to technologies and methodologies.  The new technologies will undoubtedly lead to many great advances in functionality but also may enable some bad habits to develop within an organization with regard to Project Management, Business Requirements and data warehouse methodologies.

 

Topics we will cover:

New Technologies:  In Memory Databases, HADOOP, Cloud BI

Methodology Implications:  Who needs a Data Warehouse/ETL/Requirements anymore?

Enterprise Architecture and Control:  Zombie Clouds

Date and Time
Thursday, 09/26/2013
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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Free parking on surgface lot after 5 pm.

Enter the north end of the building, the rotating doors lock after 5pm.
Proceed to the south corridor of the building,
the meeting will be held conference rooms H1210/H1230/H1250.
 
Cost
Free - thanks to Marshall & Swift/Boeckh sponsoring this event
Speaker Bio:

Paul Dausman is the founder and CEO of Valiant Health.  He has 20 years of experience leading high growth, entrepreneurial, health care information technology based companies.  Paul is also the founder and CEO of Valor Development LLC which has been providing technology solutions to a broad array of Fortune 100 companies for the past 10 years.  Prior to Valiant and Valor, Paul was the CTO of Innovative Health Strategies, which was successfully sold to IMS Health in 2007.

 

Evening with the Development Executives

How do Development Executives do it?! In a time when Agility is key, change is expected and Information Technology continues alignment with Business objectives. Top executives in the greater Milwaukee area are driven to deliver more sophisticated solutions than ever before. Please join us in learning how these Executives meet the demands of businesses within the rapid change of technology.

Panel members are:

Jason Esch: Information Technology Manager - FedEx Services

Michael Fox: Executive Director of Multichannel Solutions – Quad/Graphics

Jason Montague: Senior Vice President and Director of Application Development- Robert W. Baird & Co.

Travis Potts: Vice President, Client Services – Connecture

 

We are excited to have Andy Leichtle of SafeNet Consulting facilitate this year’s event. Andy will lead the discussion where the panelists will have the opportunity to answer questions on a variety of software topics ranging from technical to workforce. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions too.

Date and Time
Thursday, 05/16/2013
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Free Food and Networking 6:00 PM - 6:15 PM MSPIN Board Election 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
 
Location
Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel
375 South Moorland Road
Brookfield, WI 53005
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Cost
Free: Thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Jason Esch - Information Technology Manager - FedEx Services

Jason has over 12 years of experience within Information Technology, with specific emphasis in the logistics, manufacturing, and customer service sectors.  He has spent the last eight years working for FedEx Corporation supporting the FedEx SmartPost division in a variety of IT management roles.  Prior to joining FedEx, Jason spent five years as a Business Analyst with Quad/Graphics where he worked to facilitate successful implementations of IT solutions by working closely with his business partners to define business requirements and business processes.

Jason is currently responsible for the development and support of mission critical systems directly impacting package movement in and out of the FedEx SmartPost Hub network. He directs and leads a team of 20 Information Technology professionals to develop and support FedEx SmartPost core operational systems on a wide variety of technology platforms.

 

Michael Fox -  Executive Director of Multichannel Solutions – Quad/Graphics

Michael is the Executive Director of Multichannel Solution for Quad/Graphics, where he has worked for over 15 years. He has Director and Management responsibility over software development for client facing solutions. Michael is a graduate of UW Whitewater in Management Computer Systems

  

Michael started out in development in Corporate IT, focusing on Job planning and Pre-press/pre-media business systems. Michael was elevated to Software Development Manager where he supervised the technical development of Workflow Solutions' applications. Among his accomplishments: developing an image-tracking program that helps integrate and streamline the printer's prepress workflows.

 

Jason Montague -  Senior Vice President and Director of Application Development- Robert W. Baird & Co.

Jason Montague is Senior Vice President and Director of Application Development with Robert W. Baird & Co. and a member of Baird’s technology senior leadership team.  Jason’s responsibilities include leading the Software Development organization, as well as building and leading the Enterprise Architecture and Enterprise Data organizations for Baird.  Jason joined Baird in 2011 in his current role.

 

Prior to joining Baird, Jason led software development and product development organizations at US Bank, MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), RSM McGladrey, and Wells Fargo, among others.   Jason’s background includes organizational transformation and leadership, management consulting, software development, product management, project management, and leading agile and lean adoption programs with clients over the last 18 years.

 

Jason currently sits on the board of Milwaukee Agile, and is a member of multiple community groups in SE Wisconsin.  Jason regularly speaks on the topics of software development, lean and kanban, agile methodologies, collaboration, and organizational leadership.  Jason earned a BS in Business with a concentration in Information Systems from Indiana University.

 

Travis Potts -  Vice President, Client Services – Connecture

Travis has 19 years experience in the software development industry, working in the financial, life, and health care insurance sectors. Prior to Connecture, he was a Project Manager at Compuware, where he spent 9 years planning, managing, and implementing many projects supporting automation initiatives at Northwestern Mutual. Earlier in his career, Travis served for 10 years in the U.S. Army Reserve.

 

Travis has responsibility for the overall success of client implementations, including customer support, maintenance and enhancement projects as well as overall client satisfaction. Travis and his teams have delivered and upheld exemplary customer service from contracting, sales transition, throughout implementation and into ongoing maintenance for several of Connecture’s largest clients.

 

Andy Leichtle -  Technical Solutions Director - SafeNet Consulting

With over 10 years of experience in the software engineering field working across various industries in different technical roles I've achieved a point in my career to assist companies in executing projects and solving problems as quickly and humbly as possible.  This requires truly embracing an agile value system and excepting that there are no right answers but only context dependent and unique to every companies industry. 

 

This has resulted in more day to day responsibilities from purely technical to more communication and leadership related activities.  Dedication these activities and ensuring that teams understand both business direction and how technology will affect that direction is the best road to success for any project. 

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New Topic for 4/18

Topic details for 4/18/13 coming shortly

Date and Time
Thursday, 04/18/2013
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
Direct Supply Inc
6663 N Industrial Road
Milwaukee, WI 53223
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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors
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Empathy Mapping: Developing Deeper Customer Insights

Software and systems development is a people business.  We work together to build solutions to solve other people’s problems.  But how many times do we start the design process thinking or being told “I know what the customer needs” and find out we didn’t really know the customer well enough.  Whether you’re a startup with a new business model, a consultant called in for a project, or an IT organization serving internal and external customers, it is important to understand your customers and all their perspectives before embarking on the journey to build anything otherwise you may waste a lot of time and money. 

Empathy mapping is a visual thinking technique and model developed by XPLANE to understand audiences, including users, customers, and any other players in a business ecosystem.  Empathy mapping is a core game in Gamestorming by Dave Gray and Sunni Brown and has been featured by Alexander Osterwalder in Business Model Generation.  This hands-on session will explore the Empathy Map model and take small groups through the creation of empathy maps to generate deeper customer insights in a visual and collaborative way.  Attendees will walk away with a technique that can be used immediately when they return to the office.

Date and Time
Thursday, 04/18/2013
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 7:45PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
Direct Supply Inc
6663 N Industrial Road
Milwaukee, WI 53223
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Cost
Free
Speaker Bio:

Dave Neuman, Principal with Redpoint Technologies, has over 15 years of experience in professional services, software and systems development, and IT including roles from engineering to project management to front-line and director-level management in corporate and services organizations.  Dave currently serves as a Principal with Redpoint Technologies in Milwaukee delivering services to clients in the areas of Enterprise Software, Mobile Solutions, Ruby on Rails, Big Data, and Agility Coaching and Transformation. Prior to Redpoint, Dave served as Director of IT at Markel Corporation responsible for all aspects of systems development, operations, and strategy within the Personal and Commercial lines of the Specialty business unit of Markel

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Visualizing User Requirements and Test Cases Through Scenario Analysis

Common techniques for eliciting user requirements include interviews, observing users on the job, and requirements workshops.  Once gathered, the user requirements can be represented in various formats such as a software requirements specification (SRS) and use cases.  Both SRS and use case formats are text-based deliverables.  However, pictures are often more effective in communicating requirements.  Industry requirements expert Roxanne Miller shares her visual approach to eliciting user requirements.  Roxanne will explore how to summarize user requirements in a Scenario Analysis Table.  Not only is the Scenario Analysis Table effective in eliciting and representing user scenarios, they are great starting points for identifying test cases!

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand user level requirements in the context of a requirements hierarchy.
  2. Identify types of user scenarios (basic, alternate, and exception).
  3. Build a scenario analysis table.
Date and Time
Thursday, 03/21/2013
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A Country Springs Hotel
 
Location
Country Springs Hotel
2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072
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Cost
Free Thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Roxanne E. Milleris a self-proclaimed “Requirements Super Freak.”  Roxanne founded Requirements Quest®in 2001, and has been consulting on requirements process improvement and business analysis practices for over 15 years.  Her clients include several Fortune 500 companies, and span industries such as financial, insurance, higher education, and manufacturing.  She earned a bachelor degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA.  Roxanne’s book, The Quest for Software Requirements, is an in-depth reference guide with over 2,000 elicitation questions and a tested framework to help individuals make their project work more efficient and effective.

Roxanne is an active member and advocate of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®), and is a Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®).  She served as President of the IIBA Greater Madison Chapter, Wisconsin, from inception in 2006 until March 2011.  Additionally, Roxanne helped Wisconsin IIBA chapters unite and launch an annual event, WI BADD®(Wisconsin Business Analyst Development Day), which is devoted to the education, development, and networking opportunities for business analysis professionals.

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Mobile Application Quality

So we know that mobile is taking over the industry, that home devices are getting used for work and that multiple platforms exist (Windows 8, iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry). The mobile industry is growing and just having an app available is not going to cut it anymore. You need a mobile app and that app better provide a great user experience and have quality. Greg Levenhagen will discuss how your business can successfully provide quality apps.

 

·         How does a business provide a quality experience to its consumers and employees?

·         What mobile strategy considerations need to be addressed?

·         How do mobile applications depend on infrastructure like the cloud and why does it matter in regards to quality?

Date and Time
Thursday, 02/21/2013
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Wipfli / SpiderLogic
10000 Innovation Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Greg Levenhagen has been designing and developing enterprise solutions and leading projects for a variety of businesses for over 10 years. He has worked on a diverse set of platforms using many different tools. He is a true enthusiast of computer science, with passions and interests including mobile, cloud, architecture, parallel, testing, agile, UX, 3D/games, languages and much more.  Greg is a Senior Software Engineer with Skyline Technologies, Board member of That Conference, Board member of the Fox Valley .NET User's Group, cofounder of the Northeast WI Agile User’s Group, INETA speaker, IEEE member, ACM member, substitute professor and a PhD student.

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Team BI Using Microsoft Technologies

Business Intelligence has traditionally been viewed as providing reports and data for end-users to consume. The concept of Team BI has dramatically changed this paradigm. In a team BI environment both analysts and end-users are given access to corporate data. They then use the data to answer business questions individually or within a small team. Microsoft’s Team BI approach makes it possible to quickly analyze data without building complex data warehouses and then present it in a way that is both interactive and discoverable.

Date and Time
Thursday, 01/17/2013
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Brookfield Public Library
1900 North Calhoun Road
Brookfield, WI 53005
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Cost
Free
Speaker Bio:

Don Mishory is a Vice President with MPS Partners. For nearly 20 years, he has helped large organizations define business intelligence strategies and solutions with a focus on rapid time to value. Don has been recognized by Microsoft as a Microsoft Virtual Technology Specialist.

 AND

Ray Johnson is the Director of Business Intelligence at MPS Partners. Ray has deep experience with BI tools and solution design. Currently, Ray is helping large Milwaukee based companies define and deploy their own team BI solutions. Ray has been recognized by Microsoft as a Microsoft Virtual Technology Specialist.

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Entrepreneurship in Milwaukee

When you arrive at the Wells Street Parking structure, tell the attendant that you are here to attend the Milwaukee SPIN meeting. When you report in at the meeting, tell us that you parked in the structure so that we can keep a count.

 

Milwaukee SPIN and the Marquette MS in Computing program are presenting a panel discussion on entrepreneurship. The panel of experts will discuss the characteristics of entrepreneurship and alternative paths in the process of starting technology ventures.

Panel Discussion

Not all entrepreneurs are the same. A recent Bestseller book “Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck” classifies entrepreneurs into four primary styles. The characteristics behind the styles emerged from discussions of the entrepreneurial spirit. Whether you are starting a venture inside an existing business, starting a new business, or just being an innovator, these styles will prevail. Discussing them provides insight into what it takes to be a successful innovator or entrepreneur.

A book review, posted on Small Business Trends*, presents a synopsis of “Heart, Smart, Guts, and Luck.”

HEART:  “ … you bring purpose and passion to the business … you are consumed by a deep passion and driving hunger that you use to translate your purpose into reality…”

SMARTS”“… you are rational and focused on the facts. Your strength is steering a business by delegating and setting goals. You forge a system of accountability, articulate strategy and emphasize performance …”

GUTS: “… a risk-taker ... Guts driven entrepreneurs can react quickly and conclusively at a time of crisis. These leaders aren’t afraid to make changes …”

LUCK: “Luck appears to be chaotic and unpredictable but there have been lots of studies done to confirm the philosophy that luck favors the prepared …”

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 12-18, 2012) is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

Date and Time
Thursday, 11/15/2012
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Panel Discussion
 
Location
Marquette University
Cudahy Hall 001
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Click here for a map to the parking area and the meeting location.
 
Cost
Free
Speaker Bio:

Panelists

Tim Syth, Bucketworks, an organization that describes itself as offering “a variety of co-working environments, so you can work on your business, side project, non-profit program without distraction,” and a “fitness club for the brain.” Recently Tim has been leading efforts on an initiative called Build Health, which aims to engage technologists and the healthcare community to consider new ventures to improve health.

Art Mellor, Director of Business Development, Milwaukee Institute, which is a nonprofit organization that provides shared supercomputing resources and services to companies, researchers, and government, allowing them to become or remain competitive and contribute to economic growth. Art has founded or co-founded three technology start-ups and one biotech nonprofit, and worked at three other technology start-ups.

Joel Abraham, Co-founder of gener8tor, which invests its capital, expertise and network in capable, first-stage and second-stage entrepreneurs with innovative business models.  gener8tor works with the startups in its portfolio to create successful, scalable companies. Joel’s expertise revolves around growing early stage cloud based companies utilizing “the balance scorecard” & “lean startup” principles. He is responsible for testing start-up hypotheses, customer model verification & validation and developing online/offline market strategies for local/national sales models.

Dave Brixius, owner KerBob Interactive Web Solutions and web developer at H20score, a start-up company that is an example of social entrepreneurship. Water utilities have teamed up with H20score to empower their customers to make smart, voluntary conservation decisions with personalized, clear, and secure water use information. H2Oscore utilizes data from existing water metering systems to deliver rewards for conservation efforts. It delivers water conservancy information to the customers on today's mobile technology platforms.

Panel Moderator

Dr. Thomas Kaczmarek, Director of Graduate Studies for the MS in Computing Program at Marquette University. The MS in Computing program provides a professional degree for those seeking to enhance their understanding and skills in computing or make a career transition into the computing industry at a graduate level. The program fosters a balance between business skill and technology. Prior to service on the faculty of Marquette, Tom served as an enterprise architect for global manufacturing engineering at General Motors and as an executive responsible for global architecture and the software engineering process in manufacturing. Tom was a principal in a software start-up company and a manager responsible for the equity partnership between Ford Motor Company and Inference, an AI start-up

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Seventh Annual "Evening with the Executives"

 

Have you ever wondered what goes on at the highest level of an organization? Top executives in the greater Milwaukee area are driven to deliver more sophisticated solutions than ever before. Please join us in learning about how these Executives meet the demands of businesses.

 

This year's panel members are:

·         Christine Bessler: Vice President and Chief Information Officer at ProHealth Care.

·         Kathy Lang: Chief Information Officer at Marquette University

·         Dan Maynard: President at Connecture

·         Tim Schaefer: Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Northwestern Mutual

 

We are excited to have Alex Yarmulnikof AY Consulting facilitate this year’s event. Alex will lead the discussion where the panelists will have the opportunity to answer questions on a variety of software topics ranging from technical to workforce. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions too.

Date and Time
Thursday, 10/18/2012
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM Executive Roundtable
 
Location
Wells Fargo Advantage Funds
100 Heritage Reserve
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
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Cost
Free to the public
Speaker Bio:

Christine Bessler is the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology at ProHealth Care.  She has a passion for furthering quality healthcare, through contributions in technology to support this challenging area.  In addition to her professional demands at ProHealth Care, she is involved in many other professional and charitable organizations.  She often provides teaching opportunities to students and other professional networks around her expertise in technology, governance, strategic planning, and project management.  She has developed accredited courses on the topics of change management, as well as portfolio and project management.  She is a certified change agent and Project Management Professional (PMP).  A fine artist by training, her love of art and gardening can be seen in the home she shares with her husband Steve, their cat Daisy and the three children that are finishing their higher education and getting established in their own right.

Kathy Lang is the Chief Information Officer at Marquette University, which serves more than 11,000 students who learn and grow through nationally admired undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. As Marquette’s CIO, Ms. Lang is responsible for the strategic direction of technology and the coordination of computing and information systems, including operational management for technology infrastructure, project management, applications and support services for the university. Kathy holds an MBA from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN and a BS from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.

 

Dan Maynard has 20 years of experience in the health insurance technology industry. Throughout his career, he has built and led several companies, including CCISoft and iSolutions. In 1999, Dan formed Riverwood Solutions where he served as President and CEO through the merger with Connecture in 2004.  As President of Connecture, Dan guides sales, product development, client and hosting service operations and directs the strategy and innovation for Connecture's payer business, including expanding the InsureAdvantage suite of products into new market opportunities. His passion for the company and the InsureAdvantage suite of products is longstanding, and that passion for excellence is apparent throughout his management team.

 

Timothy G. Schaefer joined Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company as a programmer in 1988. During his 20-year career, he has held a variety of senior leadership positions including director of policy owner services, director of systems, and director and vice president of life benefits.

 

Currently, Tim Schaefer is Chief Information Officer at Northwestern Mutual. In this position that he’s held since 2008, Tim leads 1,300 employees and 1,000 contractors in advancing the company’s strategy, for which relationships among customers, representatives, and executives drive the business forward.

 

Transforming a Worst Nightmare Leader to a Situational Leader

Individual and team performance varies by the competence and commitment with the task at hand. Leaders must be adept at diagnosing situations and versatile in applying the matching leadership style to improve the individual's or team's performance. Leaders at all levels (functional leads, scrum masters, agile coaches, managers, etc.) will gain valuable insight into the behaviors of various leadership styles and the appropriate application of those styles in situations that improve the effectiveness and outcome. Participants will have their eyes opened to the characteristics of everyone's worst nightmare leader, learn about leadership styles and versatility, and apply the concepts to turn their worst nightmare into a role model for leadership. This workshop is based on the Situational Leadership II model developed by Ken Blanchard.

 

This session was recently presented on the Leadership stage at the Agile2012 Conference in August.

Date and Time
Thursday, 09/20/2012
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Medical College of Wisconsin - Alumni Center
865 N 87th St
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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Free parking across the street after 4 pm
The building is open until 6 pm.
People arriving after 6 pm must enter on the north side of the building,
still near the front, and check in with the guards.
 
Cost
Free
Speaker Bio:

Presented by Dave Neuman - with over 15 years of experience in professional services, software and systems development, and IT including roles of from engineering to project management to front-line and director-level management, Dave is currently a Director of IT at Markel Corporation responsible for all aspects of systems development, operations, and strategy within the Direct/Retail channel of Markel. Prior to Markel, Dave was Manager of Project and Risk Management within the Wells Fargo Advantage Funds.    

 

LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/daveneuman

Twitter @daveneuman

 

Presentation Link

http://www.slideshare.net/daneuman/transforming-worst-nightmare-leader-spin-0912

 

Successful Outcomes for Conflict Resolution

When dealing with people, you can guarantee that there will be conflict. Whether it’s a behavioral issue, a dispute between team members or something else entirely, this presentation can point the way to successful resolution. The engaging case studies and examples show audience members how to see conflict as an opportunity to further interests, select the best approach for a given situation, and structure a conversation to achieve the best outcome.

 

This is our final speaker event of the season. We will be holding Milwaukee SPIN board elections at this meeting. If you are interested in being part of this leadership team, please send an email to president@milwaukeespin.com by Friday, May 11, 2012.

Date and Time
Thursday, 05/17/2012
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Wipfli / SpiderLogic
10000 Innovation Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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Cost
Free
Speaker Bio:

Steve Huck, PMP, Practice Director with Trissential has real world, front-line experience helping over 20 Fortune 500 organizations such as AT&T, United Airlines and  Accenture launch and execute successful process improvement programs. This includes moving a 3,500-person IT organization from CMMI L1 to L4 in only 4 years.  In addition, Steve was an inventor for Accenture’s patented Accelerated Process Improvement Framework, a toolkit to jump start an organization’s CMMI journey. Steve currently serves as Practice Director for Trissential’s E3 practice which helps clients on their Business Analysis, Solution Development, Quality Assurance and Service Management improvement journeys. 

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The Cloud’s Impact on Software Development

The buzz and hype around the Cloud continues to grow, but as software development professionals, how can we leverage the Cloud to improve our practices and ultimately our professional lives?

Sometimes this Cloud buzz is real, and sometimes Cloud gets thrown around for the sake of marketing. In this presentation, Eric D. Boyd will cut through the hype and offer a Cloud Litmus Test to help us determine what is Cloud, and what is hype and marketing. Next, Eric will dive into two major areas of software development, Application Lifecycle Management and IT & Production Operations. He will present some opportunities to improve our lives in those areas by utilizing Cloud services, he will provide solutions to common challenges when using Cloud services, and he will provide us with onramps to get started using the Cloud. Lastly, Eric will discuss how to architect applications for the Cloud. He will identify four major things that often get glossed over that we must consider when architecting for the Cloud.

 

What you will learn:

  • Characteristics of Cloud services and platforms
  • Where to use Cloud services to improve software development
  • How to manage production environments in the Cloud
  • Key things to consider when architecting Cloud apps
Date and Time
Thursday, 04/19/2012
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
Direct Supply Inc
6663 N Industrial Road
Milwaukee, WI 53223
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Cost
Free
Speaker Bio:

Eric D. Boyd is the Founder and CEO of responsiveX (www.responsiveX.com). Eric began his technology career by starting a web development firm in the 90’s and has served in multiple roles since including developer, consultant, business owner and technology executive. Today, he helps companies create great web, mobile and client experiences, and these apps are often powered by cloud services. You can find Eric blogging at http://www.EricDBoyd.comand on Twitter at http://twitter.com/EricDBoyd

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Cars.com's Agility Transformation Journey

Cars.com, a division of Classified Ventures LLC, was launched in June, 1998. It is the leading destination for online car shoppers, visited by more than 10 million people each month, and excels at putting car buyers in control of their shopping process by providing the information they need to make confident buying decisions. To further fuel its success, Cars.com ventured into an enterprise transformation focused on greater organizational health and agility. The enterprise transformation involved product management, project management, product engineering, user experience, enterprise architecture, operations, infrastructure, and oversight. This session will showcase the transformation experience from all of these perspectives. Si and Len will share a transformation roadmap and specific actionable lessons learned that you can leverage in your own transformation. They will also address any questions you may have on the topic. If you are considering a transformation journey with agility, you don’t want to miss this session!

Date and Time
Thursday, 03/15/2012
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Manpower Inc.
100 Manpower Place
Milwaukee, WI 53212 USA
(Visitor parking is in parking structure accessible from Cherry St)

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Cost
Free
Speaker Bio:

Si Alhir, Redpoint Technologies

Si Alhir has over 30 years of proven experience in transforming organizations by synergizing business and technology around proven industry-recognized and organization-tailored principle-based practices. He leverages a broad and deep background to enable individuals, groups, and organizations to actualize their potential and achieve an enduring competitive advantage. He is a CultureSync Approved Tribal Leader, Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Project Management Professional, IT Project Management Certified Professional, and e-Business Certified Professional. Si is also the author of three books and contributions to the Encyclopedia of Software Engineering.

 

Len Lagestee, Cars.com

Len Lagestee is a 23 year veteran of software and web development holding a variety of roles including developer, tester, analyst, architect, and project manager. In 2004, Len found his passion with agile methodologies and became a coach, mentor, and evangelist. In 2010, he joined Cars.com as the Manager of Project Management and Methodology, taking an active role in the transformation from waterfall methodologies to agile. Prior to Cars.com, Len was a Manager of Technology Strategy at Allstate Insurance, focusing on web technologies for allstate.com. In 2006, he won the Chairman’s Award for his achievements in successfully integrating agile practices within the allstate.com development teams. Len is a Certified Scrum Master.

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User-Centered Design and Usability Testing for an Effective UI

The rising popularity of ubiquitous computing and social networking has changed the way people and businesses use technology. Across all platforms, the differentiator between widely adopted applications and those that are discarded is successfully meeting user needs through a positive experience. User-Centered design techniques provide the tools needed to create that engaging and usable application. Usability testing is needed to find what will trip up your users and stand in the way of your product meeting its goals. Learn how to quickly gather the information you need about the where, when, why, how, and by whom the application will be used as well as the techniques to apply that information to an interface design. Once that design is complete, understand effective ways to organize and execute a usability study to ensure the integrity of the interface design.

Date and Time
Thursday, 02/16/2012
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Sponsored by Marshall & Swift/Boeckh (MSB)

Pavilion at Hoyt Park Pool - 1800 North Swan Boulevard, Wauwatosa, WI. 53226
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Cost
Free
Speaker Bio:

Gail Swanson is the Director of User Experience at Centare. She has been creating innovative and effective experiences for a variety of corporations since 2000. As an advocate of Agile UX, Gail believes in the power of collaboration. She is dedicated to making your every day just a little bit better by delivering technology that empowers its users. A self-diagnosed information addict, Gail writes about real world UX work in her blog at www.PracticallyUX.com.

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User Stories for Collaboration

User stories are crucial for collaboration in an agile effort. They not only express "requirements" as "intent" but are also "social objects" around which the whole team collaborates. This presentation will explore the use of user stories to foster collaboration and energize work groups.

Date and Time
Thursday, 01/19/2012
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Northwood’s Software
4600 W Schroeder Dr.
Brown Deer, WI 53223
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Cost
Free
Speaker Bio:

Steve Fastabend has held positions at a Fortune 100 company in both the national operations and marketing areas. He also managed a global team responsible for vendor selection and management, application development and implementation for a service business. At the other end of the spectrum he has participated in two start-ups. Additionally he has development management and product management experience for an application with customers in 11 countries. Currently he is an Agile Coach at Redpoint Technologies where he uses both his energy and experience to help his clients manage software development and transform their organizations.

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Leadership: Cracking the Code for Today’s Project Managers

Project management in the changing world of a recession is especially challenging work. Just when you are feeling most pressured and vulnerable, you need to be strongest and most generous in mind and spirit. Indeed, as HBR author John Kotternotes, "More change always requires more leadership." What makes a great project leader? This presentation begins to answer this question by presenting a project management relevant five-rule framework to apply in real life (adapted from the Harvard Business Press book “The Leadership Code” and detailed in a recent series of Cutter Consortium Executive Updates co-authored by the speaker). 

Beginning with the ultimate rule of leadership, personal proficiency, the speaker will discuss seven principles that guide effective project leaders. The speaker will then explore the short-term orientation of leadership, with examples for day-to-day action, about how the great project manager must be a talent manager and be an executor. Finally, the speaker will discuss the long-term orientation of leadership, how the great project manager must also be a human capital developer and a strategist. Some front line project managers may have skills as executors and end even talent managers in order to get things done. However, as a project manager reaches more senior levels in the organization, they must become proficient in all of the areas. 

Attendees will learn how we:

  • Apply leadership rules to enable disciplined actions that accomplish desired project outcomes that drive business results.
  • Avoid the trap of emphasizing one element of leadership over the others.
  • Crack the leadership code — and take your project leadership to the next level.
Date and Time
Thursday, 10/20/2011
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Wipfli / SpiderLogic
10000 Innovation Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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Cost
FREE
Speaker Bio:

Scott Stribrny is the Cofounder, President, and Managing Director of Group Atlantic, Inc., a consulting firm that has advised private, commercial, and governmental organizations on successful strategy development and operations improvement since 1992. He is also an author and Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Enterprise Risk Management & Governance practice. His courses on leadership development, requirements definition and risk management are internationally recognized for their innovative workshops and practical applicability. He has more than 35 years experience in building high technology systems. He has designed and built real-time mission critical software and has led successful multi-year, multimillion-dollar development programs. His accumulated management experience ranges from growth companies to Fortune 50 conglomerates in many industries, including aerospace, telecommunications, financial, insurance, retail, information services, and manufacturing. He is a co-founder and former leader of the Chicago Software Process Improvement Network, and was an organizer of the 1998 Software Engineering Process Group conference.
He can be reached at Scott.Stribrny@GroupAtlantic.com.

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Mobile Technology Testing – Are You Ready?

 

What testing challenges do you encounter when developing software to run on mobile devices?  How does your company's strategy in picking a mobile device(s) impact your testing plans?   Are you ready?

 

Agenda for Presentation:

  1. Mobile Testing Challenges
  2. Mobile Testing Practices
  3. Mobile Testing Automation
  4. Summary and Challenges
Date and Time
Thursday, 09/15/2011
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
Direct Supply Inc
6663 N Industrial Road
Milwaukee, WI 53223
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Cost
free
Speaker Bio:

Mr. Lee Barnes, Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Lee has more than 14 years of experience in creating and delivering cutting-edge software quality solutions to the marketplace. Since founding Utopia Solutions in 1999, Lee has led numerous large-scale quality initiatives for many Fortune 500 companies, from implementing complete software development lifecycle processes to implementing complex technological improvement and monitoring programs.

Lee is responsible for expanding Utopia's technological and service delivery capabilities, and ensuring successful solution delivery company wide.

Lee holds a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

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Quality Assurance in an Agile Environment from a Tester's Perspective

More and more companies are moving toward agile development as part of their application lifecycle.  This presents challenges to "traditionally" structured organizations where business analysis, project management, and quality assurance professionals are organized into different departments or teams.  It also presents challenges to these same individuals in understanding their role on an agile team where everyone is a "developer".

In this presentation, Steve will provide, from his perspective as a QA professional, his observations on testing as a member of an agile Scrum team. Specifically, Steve will talk about:

  • What is Agile testing?
  • Ten Principles for Agile Testers
  • Organizational challenges in adopting agile practices, including quality assurance
  • An iteration in the life of a tester
  • Role of tools and automation in agile testing
Date and Time
Thursday, 05/19/2011
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Manpower Inc.
100 Manpower Place
Milwaukee, WI 53212 USA
(Visitor parking is in parking structure accessible from Cherry St)

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Cost
Free
Speaker Bio:

Steve Amstadt
Certified Professional Scrum Developer in Centare Group’s Agile Practice

Steve has over twelve years of Quality Assurance experience as a consultant working at clients across multiple industries. For the past nine months, Steve has been working on a high performing Scrum team focusing on Quality Assurance and testing.

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Lean Software Development

Can you believe the software development community (as innovative as we like to believe we are) continues to borrow concepts from a manufacturing process that dates back to the 1940’s?  In many ways, the movement to Agile software development began with a base understanding of the teachings of manufacturing organizations like Toyota and Ford Motor Company.  In this introductory discussion, I will define Lean Software Development and delve into “7 Lean Software Principles” for your consideration.  These principles, in many ways, mirror the work Taichi Ohno and other process innovators (Deming, Toyoda, Shingo) developed many years ago with the Toyota Production System (TPS).  We’ll get back to some “process roots” and talk about how adapted methods can still be used to deliver value, learning, and engagement in your organizations. 

Date and Time
Thursday, 04/21/2011
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Manpower Inc.
100 Manpower Place
Milwaukee, WI 53212 USA
(Visitor parking is in parking structure accessible from Cherry St)

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Cost
Free
Speaker Bio:

Jason Montague

First Vice President | Director of Application Development at Robert W. Baird & Co.

Jason's background includes management consulting, software development consulting, product management, and leading Agile (Scrum, XP, Lean) adoption programs with clients over the last 15 years. His specific experience with Agile spans the last 7 years.

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Ask [the RIGHT Question], and You Shall Receive

Presentation Abstract

What you don’t know CAN hurt you, and frequently does when requirements are missed.  There is an art and a science to asking the right questions. To some people there is a fine line between art and science.  The difference between art and science will not be debated in this session.  Rather, expert Roxanne Miller reveals proven techniques for asking the RIGHT questions of the right people based on the Zachman Framework, which is explained in her book The Quest for Software Requirements.

The assumption being made here is that if you ask more of the right questions (to the right people), you’re more likely to elicit all the requirements.  Furthermore, eliciting all the requirements increases the probability of successful project outcomes—delivering the right solution on time and within budget.

The truth is we are human and prone to err.  Therefore, we are subject to physical and mental fatigue, and sickness that often lesson our productivity capabilities.  If you're looking for 100% assurance that you've dotted every "i" and crossed every "t", this presentation might not be for you.  However, if you would like to significantly raise your confidence in your ability to ask the RIGHT questions, then come and listen to what Roxanne Miller has to share with you.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand why WHO you ask is equally, if not more, important as WHAT you ask.
  2. Identify the six focus areas of the Zachman Framework.
  3. Describe a critical success factor (desired outcome) from asking the right questions.

Complimentary!

Every attendee will receive a complimentary copy of Software Requirements Questions, upon submission of your name and email address.

Date and Time
Thursday, 03/17/2011
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Hosted by SpiderLogic, a division of Wipfli, LLP
 
Location
Wipfli
10000 Innovation Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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Cost
Free to attend
Speaker Bio:

A self-proclaimed ‘Requirements Super Freak,’ Roxanne Miller’s information-packed, high-energy presentations deliver practical advice and real-world stories from her work with state universities, government agencies and Fortune 500 enterprises.  Roxanne is founder of Requirements Quest®, and has been consulting on requirements management process improvement and business analysis practices for over 15 years. She is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and an active member of the IIBA®. Her book, The Quest for Software Requirements, is an in-depth reference guide with over 2,000 elicitation questions and a tested framework to help individuals make their project work more efficient and effective.

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Anybody Can Be Agile

It's time we go Agile on our projects.  New ideas and approaches give us additional tools in our toolbox for performance improvement and delivery efficiencies.  Hear interesting insights from an Agile leader sharing his experience and application in the software development world.  If you're confused about Agile, you'll leave this session with an understanding of Agile concepts and knowledge to start applying Agile to your projects.

Date and Time
Thursday, 02/17/2011
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Manpower Inc.
100 Manpower Place
Milwaukee, WI 53212 USA
(Visitor parking is in parking structure accessible from Cherry St)

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Cost
Free to attend
Speaker Bio:

Jay Steinke, PMP, is a project manager whose more than 12 years experience includes managing software development projects, corporate initiatives, and PMO implementations in the securities brokerage, banking, and insurance industry’s.  Jay has also implemented numerous Agile methodologies and process improvements into organizations which increase efficiencies and improve project performance.

Jay has written papers, mentored and trained project managers of all maturities, and presented his ideas to broad audiences.  His philosophy encompasses improving project and organizational results through a foundation of low-effort, high-value tools and techniques that can be used on any project or in any organization.  Jay also teaches complex concepts, such as earned value, in a simple and straight-forward method that is easy to understand.  His expertise includes managing complex software development projects, offshore/onshore initiatives, PMO implementations, acquisitions, Microsoft Project Server 2010 best practices, budgets, programs, and strategic initiatives.

 

Let's Play Tag Launching a 2D Code SaaS

In April 2010, Finn Digital piloted a web-based software application that changed the game for attendee participation and delivered the equivalent of Google Analytics for the live tradeshow floor. In February 2011, the application, named TagUpWith, will be re-launched in a Software as a Service model in private beta. Discover key learning’s that shaped the vision and design of the software, including:

  • Ideation and innovation
  • Getting from idea to application
  • Working with Microsoft's Tag team
  • Designing a complex application in a rapidly shifting environment
  • De-programming Jekyll & Hyde: Incorporating Customer Feedback
  • Big Vision, Detailed Design, Realistic Development
  • Positioning yourself to be hit by lightning

Bill will demonstrate TagUpWith in its pilot version, so bring your smartphone! He will also share a selected review of the latest technologies for business-to-business marketing.

Date and Time
Thursday, 01/20/2011
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A West Bend Mutual
 
Location
West Bend Mutual
1900 S. 18th Avenue
West Bend, Wisconsin 53095
Map
 
Cost
Free
Speaker Bio:

Bill Finn
President & CEO
Finn Digital

Responsible for the strategic vision, thought leadership, planning and design of digital marketing initiatives. His experience spans from Fortune 100 companies to worthy nonprofits, both national and international in scope. Expert in crafting marketing strategies for the digital channel, he’d love to talk with you about mobile barcodes, augmented reality and iPad apps in the same breath as business objectives and global market strategy.
A self-taught web database and interactive programmer with a Master’s Degree in the Theatre, Bill continually helps leading companies in Wisconsin rethink the experience of their audiences to measurably improve their business.

Connect with him on twitter @billfinn or @finndigital.
Or by email at bill@finndigital.com(if you still use that kind of thing) <grin>.

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West Bend Mutual
1900 S. 18th Avenue
West Bend, Wisconsin 53095
Prairie Center
 
Prairie Center Parking
To access our Prairie Center parking lot and conference center entrance, please follow the signs for the Prairie Center which will lead you to the southwest corner of our business campus.

From the northeast:
Take Hwy 43 south to the Hwy 33 West exit (Saukville). Take Hwy 33 through Newburg and into West Bend to Hwy 45 South. Drive two miles to the Paradise Drive exit. Turn right (west) onto Paradise Drive. Travel 1/4 mile to the intersection of S. 18th Avenue and Paradise Drive. West Bend Mutual Insurance Company is on the southwest corner.

From the northwest:
Take Hwy 90/94 south to Hwy 33 East (Portage). Take Hwy 33 all the way to West Bend (through Fox Lake, Horicon, and Allenton). Pick up the Hwy 45 South exit in West Bend. Drive two miles to the Paradise Drive exit. Turn right (west) onto Paradise Drive. Travel 1/4 mile to the intersection of S. 18th Avenue and Paradise Drive. West Bend Mutual Insurance Company is on the southwest corner.

From the southwest:
Take Hwy 41 north to Hwy 45, then take the West Bend exit until you reach Paradise Drive. Exit and turn left (west) onto Paradise Drive. Travel 1/4 mile to the intersection of S. 18th Avenue and Paradise Drive. West Bend Mutual Insurance Company is on the southwest corner.

From the southeast:
Take Hwy 43 north to the Hwy 60 exit (Grafton). Take Hwy 60 into Jackson, then take Hwy 45 north to the Paradise Drive exit. Turn left (west) onto Paradise Drive. Travel 1/4 mile to the intersection of S. 18th Avenue and Paradise Drive. West Bend Mutual Insurance Company is on the southwest corner.
 

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Milwaukee SPIN December Event

As in past years, Milwaukee SPIN will not have a meeting in December due to the busy holiday season.  Please join us for our January meeting in 2011.  Details of the January meeting will be available at this web site and in the meeting invitation emails that are sent to registered Milwaukee SPIN members.

Have a safe and joyous holiday season!

Milwaukee SPIN Board of Directors

Date and Time
Thursday, 12/16/2010
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Location
N/A
 
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Fifth Annual "Evening with the Executives"

Have you ever wondered what goes on at the highest level of an organization? Come listen and speak with top executives about life in their seat.

This year's panel members are

  • Tracey Berg – VP and CIO at West Bend Mutual
  • Chris Dowler – Senior Vice President and CIO at Assurant Health
  • Subbu Ramanathan – Assistant VP of Development at Marshall & Swift Boeckh
  • Joe Otto - Vice President of Information technology at DDN

Panel Discussion Format:

The discussion will be facilitated by Bob Stachowiak of Milwaukee SPIN. Each panelist will a few minutes to introduce themselves and their company. Then we will have the question and answer portion where the panelists will have the opportunity to answer questions posed by Bob on a variety of topics. We will finish the discussion with a brief question and answer session with the audience.

Date and Time
Thursday, 11/18/2010
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Networking and Food 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Panel Discussion
 
Location
Wells Fargo Advantage Funds
100 Heritage Reserve
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
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Cost
Free to the public. Please register to attend.

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The Agile Business Analyst: Embracing the Transition to Higher Performance by Scott Stribrny

There's no question about it - agile principles help expedite software development. Yet the business analyst role seems conspicuously missing from the Agile Manifesto.  Does agile make the skills of the business analyst obsolete? Certainly not! Why? Because if companies hope to achieve strategic goals, they need someone who is ferociously focused on the business value expected from the project outcomes, to help provide guidance not only during a project but also before it is invested and after it is delivered as well. Are you ready to make the transition to this value-centered development-approach? What is it like to be part of an agile team? What agile analysis practices might you adapt even if you're working on a traditional (waterfall-style) project?

This presentation examines how the Agile movement affects the historical Business Analyst role on a project team and creates opportunities to learn new skills and develop new ways of working together. Collaboration, facilitation, leadership, coaching, and team building become significant new skills required for Business Analysts on Agile projects.  For Business Analysts, successfully influencing an agile project depends on defining requirements in smaller increments.  This demands adaptation to new ways of eliciting, specifying and managing requirements.  This talk provides practical guidance for how the business analyst integrates and collaborates with members of the team and how to improve business analysis by applying agile principles.

Biography -- Scott Stribrny

Scott Stribrny is the Co-founder, President, and Managing Director of Group Atlantic, Inc., a consulting firm that has advised private, commercial, and governmental organizations on successful strategy development and operations improvement since 1992. He is also a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Enterprise Risk Management and Governance practice. He is currently advising on techniques for effective product requirement specification and risk management. His courses on requirements, risk management, peer review, estimating and high-performance teams are well known for their innovative workshops and practical applicability.

Mr. Stribrny has more than 30 years experience in systems specification and building.  He has designed and built real-time mission critical software and has led successful multi-year, multimillion-dollar development programs. His accumulated management experience ranges from growth companies to Fortune 50 conglomerates in many industries, including aerospace, telecommunications, financial, insurance, retail, information services, and manufacturing.

Mr. Stribrny is a co-founder and former leader of the Chicago Software Process Improvement Network, and was an organizer of the 1998 Software Engineering Process Group conference.  He can be reached at Scott.Stribrny@GroupAtlantic.com.

Date and Time
Thursday, 10/21/2010
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Children's Health System - Oakwood
10361 Innovation Drive
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
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Cost
Free to the public. Please register to attend.
 

Executable Requirements: Avoiding Anger-Driven Development (ADD) using Behavior-Driven Development (BDD)

Ever wondered why so many developers code angry? Well, it’s probably because they just spent 4 days of their lives building the WRONG thing! “Why are they building the wrong things”, you ask? Because gathering requirements, documenting them, and *interpreting* what’s written is complex…*very complex*. Enter BDD.

BDD enables (requires) consistent conversations between Business Analysts, Developers and Quality Assurance professionals. And that’s important! This simple step turns an angry post-mortem conversation about a misinterpreted feature spec into a delightful (collaborative) welcomed conversation with all participants during the construction of said feature. This presentation will be a gentle, anger-free primer to Behavior-Driven Development.

If you want to learn new techniques to facilitate collaboration on your project team, this is the presentation for you!

Presenters: Jason Montague’s background includes management consulting, software development consulting, product management, and leading Agile (Scrum, XP, Lean) adoption programs with clients over the last 15 years. His specific experience with Agile spans the last 7 years.

Jim Cornelius is a Technical Architect with over 14 years of technical leadership and expertise in software architecture, engineering and test automation. Specialized in the design of scalable mission critical Internet and internal systems for fortune 500 companies. His interests are in agile architecture and engineering techniques along with pragmatic approaches to test automation and behavior driven development. Most recently his work was focused on emergent design, BDD, and planning for and before iteration zero.

Kim Merbeth is a Business Analyst with over 15 years experience in the financial services industry. She has a customer service and operations background but eventually found her way into the technical world. A BA for the past five years, she has worked on projects that have used waterfall and agile. Most recently, she has focused on behavior driven development and has enjoyed collaborating with QA and Development to create scenario based acceptance criteria that could serve as both requirements and acceptance tests.

Date and Time
Thursday, 09/16/2010
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Wells Fargo Funds Management
100 Heritage Reserve
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
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Cost
Free to the public. Please register to attend.
 

Maturity Level 4 Results in a LOT of BS By Pat O'Toole from PACT

When people think about CMMI maturity level 4 (ML4), they contemplate statistical methods, process performance baselines, and process performance models. And why not? If you’ve taken the SEI’s four-day “Understanding CMMI High Maturity Practices” course you cannot help but form that impression. But that view of ML4 is incomplete as it overlooks the vast amount of BS associated with ML4.

Most SCAMPI appraisal teams do a good job of verifying the correct implementation of the ML4 methods and tools. But the real ML4 smell test is this: If you find no hint of BS then it ain’t ML4!

You’ve been told the SEI party line; now it’s time to get the rest of the story…

Date and Time
Thursday, 05/06/2010
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Medical College of Wisconsin - Alumni Center
865 N 87th St
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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Free parking across the street after 4 pm
The building is open until 6 pm.
People arriving after 6 pm must enter on the north side of the building,
still near the front, and check in with the guards.
 
Cost
Free to the public. Please register to attend.
 

Agile Transformation: Adopt, Scale, and Sustain by Sinan Si Alhir, Redpoint Technologies

Many consider "Agile" a technology approach; however the "ability to be agile" (or Agility) applies to the whole Enterprise, Business and Technology. At its core, Agility is a Value System, which emphasizes People, Results, Collaboration, and Responsiveness. Success with  Agility involves a paradigm shift, which includes first focusing on principles & values and then pragmatic practices.

While many organizations focus on the benefits of becoming a more Agile Enterprise -- including accelerating time-to-market, increasing productivity, enhancing quality, and reducing risk & cost -- they fail into achieve a return-on-investment because their approach engenders a Transition rather than a Transformation! Transition is a practice-based change that primarily focuses on surface level behavior while a Transformation is a value/principle-based change that focuses\r\non the DNA of an organization. The focus of a value/principle-based DNA-changing transformation is Culture!

This presentation explores experiences and lessons-learned in Transformation, including adopting, scaling, and sustaining Agility across the Whole Enterprise.

Date and Time
Thursday, 04/15/2010
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Medical College of Wisconsin - Alumni Center
865 N 87th St
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Free parking across the street after 4 pm
The building is open until 6 pm.
People arriving after 6 pm must enter on the north side of the building,
still near the front, and check in with the guards.
 
Cost
Free to the public. Please register to attend.
 

Lessons Learned Using Earned Value Management System to Track Progress Weekly at the Individual and Team Level and Detect a One-Day Schedule Slip by Girish Seshagiri

How do projects get to be one year late? A day at a time, according to Fred Brooks. And yet, very few projects can detect a one-day schedule slip. In this presentation, we show how we implemented Earned Value Management System to track progress weekly at the individual level, how team members manage themselves and take corrective actions to maintain their committed schedule, and how teams follow disciplined process while maintaining product focus.

Girish Seshagiri is CEO of Advanced Information Services Inc. (AIS), a winner of the IEEE Computer Society Software Process Achievement Award. AIS is one of only 18 U.S. organizations and the only U.S. small business whose software process capability is certified at SEI CMMI Maturity Level 5. 

Girish is a frequent speaker at many of the international conferences on software engineering, software quality and process improvement. Girish has addressed many SPIN organizations. \r\nGirish served as the Chairman of the Team Software Process (TSP) User Group from 2003-2005.<br /> <br />\r\nGirish served on the IEEE Software Industrial Advisory Board from 2000 – 2007.\r\nGirish has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Michigan State University.

Date and Time
Thursday, 03/18/2010
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Direct Supply Inc
6663 N Industrial Road
Milwaukee, WI 53223
 
Cost
Free to the public. Please register to attend.
 

Effective Processes for Software Teams: Training and Execution

If "SPIN" means "Software Process Improvement Network" and virtually all software is produced by teams, how exactly can we train and support teams and individual team members to use and maintain effective software development processes? This presentation describes a collaboration, between the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Johnson Controls, designed to provide this training and support. The concepts and techniques employed in MSOE's SEPI (Software Engineering Process Improvement) initiative were drawn from the Software Engineering Institute's Personal Software Process and Team Software Process, customized to meet the specific needs of the participating teams.

MSOE's software engineering program also has a responsibility to assist its undergraduate students in gaining the process knowledge and skills they will need to be successful. For this reason, all sophomore software engineering students are required to take a course that is nearly identical to the one designed for industry practitioners; experiences with those students (since 1999) will also be discussed. A key goal of this process work, for both professionals and students, is to combine flexibility and discipline in a way that supports effective team work and self-management while maintaining responsiveness and alignment with business needs.

Date and Time
Thursday, 02/18/2010
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
10361 Innovation Drive
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
 
Cost
Free to the public. Please register to attend.
 

Cloud Computing as it Relates to Service Delivery

IT Service Management has managed to imbed itself in most organizational cultures, but as with most organizational strategies, must be continually reviewed and adjusted to address the most pressing technological and business challenges.  Cloud Computing has offered organizations an opportunity to completely rethink the means by which technology delivers services to their end users and customers.  The effectiveness and efficiency of those services, and the infrastructure that supports them, must also be evaluated through the appropriate supporting processes.  This presentation will focus on the key elements of the ITSM structure, and how they directly integrate with the Strategy, Design, Transition, Operational, and Continual Improvement aspects of Cloud Computing.

Date and Time
Thursday, 01/21/2010
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
6663 N Industrial Road
Milwaukee, WI 53223
 
Cost
Free to the public. Please register to attend.
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Fourth Annual Evening with the Executives

Have you ever wondered what goes on at the highest level of an organization? Come listen and speak with top executives about life in their seat. This year's panel members are:

Mr. Bill O’Toole – President & CEO of Catholic Knights 
Mr. Darwin Copeman – President & CEO of Jewelers Mutual
Mr. Mark Moody – President of WEA Trust
Mr. Loren Claypool – VP and Managing Director of VCPI, CIO of Extendicare

Panel Discussion Format: The discussion will be facilitated by Keith Korsi of SPIN. Each panelist will a few minutes to introduce themselves and their company. Then we will have the question and answer portion where the panelist will have the opportunity to answer questions posed by Keith on a variety of topics. We will finish the discussion with a brief question and answer session with the audience.

There will be a brief business meeting at 6:15 before the panel discussion.

Date and Time
Thursday, 11/19/2009
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
100 Heritage Reserve
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
 
Cost
This event is free to the public. Space is limited, so please register and register a co-worker to attend with you!
 

Nouns and Verbs -- Domains, Actors, and Use Cases

This presentation is about identifying simple words that cover three starting blocks for gathering high-level solution requirements. We’ll think back to elementary school and focus on how the basic building blocks of grammar can communicate what users need from a solution.

Date and Time
Thursday, 10/15/2009
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
865 N 87th St
Milwaukee, WI 53226
 
Cost
Free
 

Lessons in Leadership—Increasing your Leadership IQ

Good project managers control a project’s schedule, scope and budget; but great project managers are also Leaders. This presentation provides insights regarding the nature of leadership and strategies for nurturing and improving your leadership capabilities, incorporating concepts and learnings from leadership ‘gurus’ such as John Maxwell.

If you are a natural-born leader and people have been following your lead (despite your lack of any real authority) since your first day in the office, you should skip this presentation—Heck, you should give the presentation! However, most of us could benefit by learning how to increase the likelihood that when we lead – others will actually follow.

Date and Time
Thursday, 09/17/2009
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
865 N 87th St
Milwaukee, WI 53226
 
Cost
Free
 

Get Your Users "IN" the Doghouse and Keep Yourself Out - Defining Nonfunctional Requirements

The day of the big move is upon you. The semi-truck stuffed with all of your personal furnishings pulls up to your new home. The moving crew gets to work at once, and swiftly begins unloading and carrying your things through the front door. Suddenly the harmonious dance that the crew performs comes to a screeching halt. As eyes roam back and forth from the front door to your magnificent grand piano, your heart nearly stops as you realize that the piano is not going to fit. What are you going to do?

Functionally, the home builder constructed a beautiful home. However, somehow this nonfunctional detail was missed. Does this scenario sound familiar to any of the missed requirements on your projects lately? Do performance requirements such as response time, throughput, capacity, and availability get missed? What about flexibility requirements such as scalability, multi-lingual, installability, and extendability? Roxanne Miller will reveal "patterns" of nonfunctional requirements that can reduce the possibility of missed requirements that cause project rework. Come and find out what you've been missing.

Learning Objectives (at the end of the session, participants will be able to):
1. Recognize the difference between functional and nonfunctional requirements.
2. Understand various categories of nonfunctional requirements.
3. Discover the simplicity of this frequently misunderstood and overlooked requirement type.

Date and Time
Thursday, 04/16/2009
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
6663 N Industrial Road
Milwaukee, WI 53223
 
Cost
Free to the public. Please register to attend.
 

The Essential Business Analyst: Agent of Change

Of the many critical functions a Business Analyst performs to ensure successful delivery of products and projects in organizations, perhaps the most overlooked and under-planned role they play is that of change agent. The need to anticipate and manage change in project planning and deployment is often overlooked, and as a result can challenge project delivery. The Business Analyst is the project team member who must fully grasp the business vision and then interpret and translate that vision through requirements for the technology builders. He or she is positioned to clearly see the current state, the desired state and the change gap in between. From the very first requirements interview, the Business Analyst begins socializing the changes the project will bring, and through the requirements methodology used, he or she drives the picture of the "new normal" that will exist following the solution deployment. Perhaps more than the Project Manager or even the Executive Sponsor, Business Analysts have the opportunity through the core processes of enterprise analysis, requirements elicitation, facilitation and representation to encourage learning and adoption of new ideas. Learn how, by acknowledging and planning this aspect of his or her role, the accomplished Business Analyst can play a key role in driving the introduction and adoption of change to make a real difference in project and organizational success.

Date and Time
Thursday, 03/19/2009
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
Sonia Bielmeier Community Room
1900 N. Calhoun Road
Brookfield, WI 53005
 
Cost
Free to the public. Please register to attend.
 

Application Lifecycle Management: Align Your IT Investment with Your Business Goals

Business and technology executives are being asked to do more with less all the time. Managing complexity, improving security, and enabling agility are top priorities. But maintaining legacy systems and supporting current technology consume vast amounts of the typical IT budget. This leaves limited budgetary resources and manpower to stay on top of new technology and develop applications to meet the core needs of your business. Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is an effective solution.

ALM is focused on measuring and managing the real costs and value of software design, development and maintenance. To establish vision, a common lifecycle management solution is needed to help you track, balance, and communicate the systems that are being created to effectively run your business.

In this discussion we will:

* Define what we mean by Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)
* Describe the business benefits that ALM optimization can deliver
* Help you determine your ALM Capability
* Discuss some ALM Best Practices

Date and Time
Thursday, 02/19/2009
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
10361 Innovation Drive
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
 
Cost
Free to the public. Please register to attend.
 

Manage Risk in an Uncertain World

Manage Risk in an Uncertain World

It’s the Future of How Businesses Will Be run Abstract For corporations, risk management has become a top concern in the face of increasing demand for greater corporate accountability as well as world events that have changed the risk landscape and their impact on the business world. Governance mandates such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the events of 9/11 and their aftermath, along with the continuing uncertainty of the business-economic environment, have made it compulsory for corporations to rethink their approaches to identifying and managing risk. Project and program managers everywhere face a daunting mix of challenges, including ever changing program demands, program environments of unprecedented complexity, tough new oversight requirements, and the constant pressure to do more with less. The need for risk management for making effective decisions and communicating the results within program organizations has never been more urgent. This briefing looks at the rapid rise of risk management and aims to expose project & program managers to the essentials of effective risk management for 2008 and beyond. The briefing provides an exclusive glimpse of a company that has been at the forefront of risk management, and describes how risk management has made the company one of the best managed in the US.

Date and Time
Thursday, 01/22/2009
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
4600 West Schroeder Drive
Brown Deer, WI 53223
 
Cost
Free to the Public
 

Third Annual Evening with the Executives

Have you ever wondered what goes on in a CxO’s brain? This will be the night to find out. Come listen to and speak with them about life in their seat. This year's panel includes:

  • Mr. Rod Dykehouse – CIO, ProHealth
  • Mr. Jeff Frazee – CIO, West Bend Mutual Insurance
  • Mr. Keith Korsi – CEO/Managing Principal, Trissential
  • Mr. Bruce Maas – CIO, UW Milwaukee
  • Mr. Jim Oberholtzer – CIO, U.S. Bowling Congress

Panel Discussion Format: We will have these 5 executives on the panel. The discussion will be facilitated by Bob Stachowiak, current board member and former President of Milwaukee SPIN. Each panelist will have 5 minutes to introduce themselves and their company. Then we will have the question and answer portion where the panelist will have the opportunity to answer questions posed by Bob on a variety of software topics. We will finish the discussion with a brief question and answer session with the audience.

Date and Time
Thursday, 11/20/2008
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
100 Heritage Reserve
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
 
Cost
This event is free to the public.
 

Don't Just Test ... Validate!

This seminar provides an interactive discussion of best practices surrounding software development and implementation. Many in the Information Technology industry use the words "validate" and "test" to mean the same thing. However, validation encompasses much more than simple testing. One of the main differences between testing and validation is the focus of the objective. Attendees will understand the difference between testing and validation, associated best practices, and the various roles and responsibilities for this effort.

Seminar Objectives

Upon successful completion, the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the differences between Testing and Validation
  • Understand the basics of Validation
  • Understand Validation Methodology and Processes
Date and Time
Thursday, 10/16/2008
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
4600 West Schroeder Dr
Brown Deer, WI 53223
 
Cost
Free
 

Manage Risk in an Uncertain World: It’s the Future of How Businesses Will Be run

For corporations, risk management has become a top concern in the face of increasing demand for\ greater corporate accountability as well as world events that have changed the risk landscape and their impact on the business world. Governance mandates such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the events of 9/11 and their aftermath, along with the continuing uncertainty of the business-economic environment, have made it compulsory for corporations to rethink their approaches to identifying and managing risk.

Project and program managers everywhere face a daunting mix of challenges, including ever changing program demands, program environments of unprecedented complexity, tough new oversight requirements, and the constant pressure to do more with less. The need for risk management for making effective decisions and communicating the results within program organizations has never been more urgent.

\r\nThis briefing looks at the rapid rise of risk management and aims to expose project & program\r\nmanagers to the essentials of effective risk management for 2008 and beyond. The briefing\r\nprovides an exclusive glimpse of a company that has been at the forefront of risk management,and describes how risk management has made the company one of the best managed in the US.

Date and Time
Thursday, 09/18/2008
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
1245 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
 
Cost
This event is free to the public.
 

Practical Application of Test Automation Frameworks

Much has been written about benefits of test automation frameworks including the almighty Keyword-Driven Architecture. However, most implementations still fall short of expectations. This presentation will go beyond theory and discuss the practical application of test automation frameworks. Topics will include:

  • Examination of various frameworks and their benefits
  • Mapping frameworks to test objectives
  • Integrating frameworks to maximize flexibility and ROI

Benefits of attending:

  • Gain an understanding of various test automation frameworks
  • Learn how to choose the right framework for your testing objectives
  • Understand the common attributes that ALL frameworks must have to be successful
Date and Time
Thursday, 05/15/2008
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
1245 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
 
Cost
This event is free to the public.
 

Doing the 'nearly impossible' relatively easily – how to measure, manage, and control change, culture, workforce alignment/focus, and organizational politics.

In managing an organization to achieve goals, the staff meeting has been the major methodology used to disseminate directives and to gather status information. Status information has always been critical for validating directives, determining situation gaps, and developing additional ‘corrective’ directives. However, due to the translation that occurs when information is passed throughout a hierarchy, this information dissemination and collection process inherently leads to considerable artificial, illusory, fraudulent, and misinformation. The results are considerable misunderstandings that lead to solutions of symptoms of problems not the real problems. Decisions based on misinformation create new problems, including further misunderstandings which lead to fear, inaction, confusion, and opportunities for severe personal interest politics. Many excellent CEOs (and CIOs), good managers, and fine technicians have lost their jobs as a direct result of this daily phenomenon. Many corporate disasters have also occurred such as the Firestone Tire debacle, fall of Enron, WorldCom, Tyco International, Global Crossing, and many others.

This presentation illustrates with examples how serious trouble develops and describes a methodology to deal with it by measuring and managing the "translation" problem. Situations are presented with case studies to illustrate how critical 'intangibles' can be made 'tangible' and dealt with effectively. Examples include dealing with change management, goal alignment, IT technology program utilization, employee satisfaction, project management, and productivity improvements.

Date and Time
Thursday, 04/17/2008
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
1245 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
 
Cost
This event is free to the public.
 

Right Requirements, Right Now: Strategies for Successful Software Projects

According to a recent Forrester Research, Inc. report, the quality of software requirements is a limiting factor on the success of development projects. Companies struggle on two primary fronts: requirements definition and requirements management. The market places a disproportionate emphasis on tools for requirements management, but the real opportunity for improvement lies in requirements definition and in how different development methodologies treat changing requirements.

Being better at requirements means understanding that the automated products that you build become part of your users' work no matter what kind of work that is. It’s being able to appreciate, accommodate and improve the users' work by delivering products that fit seamlessly into the work. It also means knowing how to find the precise requirements, how to prioritize them in a credible way, and how to validate whether the implementation exactly matches that requirement. This presentation gives you a distillation of strategies and metrics from many successful requirements projects that may serve as the foundation for your next requirements effort. You’ll get an overview of a useful requirements definition process—a way of quickly finding the most appropriate product for your user's needs, and then building a specification that unambiguously and completely describes that product.

Date and Time
Thursday, 03/20/2008
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
777 West Glencoe Place
Bayside, WI 53217
 
Cost
This event is free to the public, but seating is limited. You must register to attend this event.
 

Putting the engineering in software engineering: Technology infrastructure in process improvement

Like other engineers, software developers transform ideas into usable products. Unlike other engineers, they create a product that is inherently invisible, not completely testable and often transitional. Moreover, a software product in an interim development stage is often unusable, producing free-floating anxiety in developers and users alike. Behavioral science tells us that invisibility and the effect of “all or nothing” are psychological factors that negatively impact developer effectiveness. Mundane tasks such as repeated testing often result in frustration while the transitional nature of software creates a false notion that the defects can always be removed in the future. Moreover, there is growing realization that we humans are incapable of fully applying and maintaining our own best practices. Huizinga and Kolawa will explain how to establish an automated technology infrastructure that supports effective software development. This infrastructure defines people roles, necessary technology, and interactions between people and technology. It provides product visibility, automates repetitive tasks, tracks project status, and seamlessly collects project data to provide measures necessary for decision making. Ultimately, it forms a software production line, thereby putting the engineering into software engineering.

Date and Time
Thursday, 02/21/2008
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
4900 W Brown Deer Rd
Brown Deer, WI 53223
 
Cost
Free
 

Assessing Your Agility

Are you curious how Agile your organization is? Do you wonder how you compare with other organizations that have been using Agile for a similar amount of time? During this talk we will discuss a framework for assessing organizational agility. We will describe how to use the framework to assess agility at various times during an organization’s adoption of Agile and how to derive actionable information from each assessment. We will also present findings derived from assessing the agility of numerous organizations.

Date and Time
Thursday, 01/17/2008
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
1201 South Second Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
 
Cost
Free
 

Second Annual Evening with the Executives

Have you ever wondered what goes on in a CxO’s brain? This will be the night to find out. Come listen to and speak with them about life in their seat. This year's panel includes:

  • Mr. Dave Kerford – CEO, AQS
  • Mr. Jeff Dobish – CFO, IVANS
  • Mr. Alex Yarmulnik – CIO, Midwest Airlines
  • Mr. Bruce Hagen – CIO, Bemis

Each panelist will have five minutes to introduce themselves and their company. Then we will have the question and answer portion where the panelist will have the opportunity to answer questions on a variety of software topics. We will finish the discussion with a brief question and answer session with the audience. If you have a question you would like answered, please email it to cxorquest@milwaukeespin.com prior to the meeting.

Date and Time
Thursday, 11/15/2007
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
100 Heritage Reserve
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
 
Cost
Free
 

The Hidden Truths of IT Outsourcing

What does it mean to successfully outsource software, systems, and information technology (IT)? Successful acquirer organizations use best practices to execute outsourcing projects that are completed on time and within budget, and these projects result in a product that meets the organization's business needs or mission. In addition, the product is of acceptable quality and meets the needs of customers or end users.

Applying an outsourcing business strategy can improve your organization's operational efficiency by leveraging a supplier's capabilities to deliver quality solutions rapidly, at lower cost. Many organizations, both commercial and governmental, are becoming acquirers of software, systems, and IT. Market forces require companies and government agencies to evaluate internal and external options for system development and make practical business decisions about whether to develop or acquire.

What factors are critical to these decisions? What processes should be followed? And once the decision is made to acquire, what are the necessary processes that help ensure a reasonable level of success in acquiring that system? The presentation focuses on a series of "hidden truths" of successful acquisition projects. Some of these truths may not be hidden from you, depending on your acquisition experience. But all are valuable to IT acquirers.

Date and Time
Thursday, 10/18/2007
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
10361 Innovation Drive
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
 
Cost
Free
 

Designing a Testing Approach to SOA

Services-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a rapidly growing technology that many organizations are considering for implementation. By definition, SOA is a standards-based design approach to creating an integrated IT infrastructure capable of rapidly responding to changing business needs. Organizations must meet the challenge of determining how to implement SOA but the bigger challenge involves how to implement a strategy and approach for managing the software quality processes and activities to support SOA. The approach to software quality for SOA is dramatically different than existing processes and will require knowledgeable staff and tools. 

This seminar is designed to:

  • Provide awareness into approaches for implementation of SOA
  • Understand the differences between traditional testing and software quality approaches for SOA
  • Identify the challenges associated with testing for SOA
  • Learn how to plan your SOA testing strategy and what critical components need to be included
  • Understand the latest automated testing technology solutions for SOA
Date and Time
Thursday, 09/20/2007
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
4600 West Schroeder Dr
Brown Deer, WI 53223
 
Cost
Free
 

Separation of Duties: Why projects deserve a Project Manager and a Business Analyst

Today, it is very common for companies to combine the Business Analyst (BA) and Project Manager (PM) roles into a "dual role" position. What do you get when you combine a BA and a PM? A "BM," of course! We believe there are good reasons why projects deserve both a BA and a PM. In this presentation, we will discuss the skills and importance of both the PM and BA roles, will cover real world examples of what can go wrong when combing the roles, will discuss ways to prevent the dual role situation, and will offer guidance to survive it if you aren't successful avoiding it. A high-level overview of the differences in the duties and interactions of each role through a standard project life cycle, as well as some insights into where the industry is going with the BA role will also be discussed.

Date and Time
Thursday, 05/17/2007
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
Champions Hall
6663 N Industrial Road
Milwaukee, WI 53223
 
Cost
Free
 

Facilitation Tips: How To Handle Problem People

The face-to-face or one-on-one interview is still the most frequently used requirements-gathering technique. However, Requirements Workshops (facilitated sessions) are growing in popularity due to evidence that shows that facilitation can reduce the requirements-gathering time by as much as 40%! This presentation assumes the audience has some familiarity with the facilitation technique and characteristics. So this presentation provides basic tips for the preparation and execution of effective requirements-gathering workshops (facilitated sessions).

Successful facilitated sessions are dependent on the skills of the session leader, called the Facilitator, to effectively manage the dynamics of the participants as a group and/or individually. This presentation offers tips for facilitation such as preparation guidelines, agenda format, room setup, and basic ground rules. Additionally, tips for handling difficult participant behavior or "problem people" will help facilitators minimize or avoid unpleasant group conflict. There are common patterns of difficult participant behavior that challenge even the most experienced facilitators. Some of the difficult styles, as well as tactics for handling them, that will be covered are
The Latecomer,
Broken Record,
Whisperer,
Loudmouth, and
Attacker.

Date and Time
Thursday, 04/19/2007
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
1025 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
 
Cost
Free

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Risk-based Testing Strategies

This seminar provides an interactive discussion of the issues and advantages of a risk-based testing strategy in software development and implementation.\r\n

 

\r\nMore and more, technical solutions must be delivered quickly to enable a business to remain successful. Additionally, solutions are becoming integrated with business partners and end-users outside of a company, creating additional for risk to those developing and deploying software products. To resolve these issues and reduce risk, organizations are looking to deliver a quality product in an efficient manner. Risk-based testing strategies and their supporting processes help project teams meet these demands. \r\n

Date and Time
Thursday, 03/15/2007
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
10361 Innovation Drive
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
 
Cost
Free
 

An Evening at the Technology Innovation Center

Join us for an evening at the Technology Innovation Center (the "TIC"), a business incubator for start-up technology-based businesses located at the Milwaukee County Research Park in Wauwatosa. The TIC can certainly be referred to as "Milwaukee's Software Mecca." The TIC has nurtured well over 100 new businesses and created over 1000 new jobs, two-thirds of which are focused on writing software or are involved in other information technology ventures.

Guy Mascari, Director of the TIC, will present an overview of the facility and discuss the services provided to businesses in the center. He will discuss several of the current clients of the TIC, including: Niceware International, a provider of RFID hardware and software; Shining Brow Software, a Microsoft partner in service management software; and Guild Software, publishers of online video games including Vendetta Online(tm) a massively multiplayer online role-playing game(MMORPG).

Also presenting will be Geoff Bastow and Kelley Starr of Thin Air Software, one of the most successful IT companies in the TIC. Geoff has extensive experience with startups, now with his forth company in the TIC.

So, whether you are a high-tech entrepreneur looking to get a business off the ground, or a software professional trying to keep up with the Milwaukee software scene, join us for an exciting evening at the Technology Innovation Center.

Date and Time
Thursday, 02/15/2007
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A Direct Supply Inc
 
Location
Milwaukee County Research Park
10437 Innovation Drive
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
 
Cost
Free to the public. Please register to attend.

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Performance Testing Best Practices

This presentation will focus on general best practices in performance testing and is intended for those looking to implement performance testing in their organization. High level topics covered include resource requirements, planning, scripting, data management, execution and analysis. Attendees will come away with a performance testing roadmap they can use to avoid common performance testing pitfalls - enabling them to focus efforts on the specific performance details of their systems.

Date and Time
Thursday, 11/16/2006
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Food and Networking 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Trissential
1120 James Drive Suite 10444
Hartland, WI 53029
 
Cost
Free to the public. Please register to attend.
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