AGILE IT Special Interest Group

Leverage shared ideas, best practices and expertise on business intelligence and analytics.

The Agile IT Special Interest Group (SIG) offers a forum to interact, share opinions and expertise, and leverage experiences. The SIG will address a variety of topics and issues pertinent to the successful deployment and operation of Agile methodologies and practices within IT teams.

The objective of this SIG is to serve as an educational and professional resource, as well as a support platform and network for Agile team leads, coaches and product owners. It will allow participants to glean validated operational paradigms, ideas and best practices from other member companies and adopt them to their own Agile environments.

This SIG was created for individuals leading information technology-specific Agile teams within UWEBC member companies. If you would like to learn more about the Agile IT SIG , please review the SIG's charter document and/or contact IT Practice Director Cavinda Caldera at cavinda.caldera@wisc.edu or 608-890-1291.

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Agile Information Technology Special Interest Group 

Enabling and Leading Enterprise-Wide Agile Adoption 
February 20, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM 
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Description:

Digital transformation is a priority for most enterprises. Achieving digital transformation requires a closer examination of the work being done in an organization and how it is done. Agile is no longer a radical, nor an experimental practice reserved exclusively for software developers. Instead, it is a proven methodological framework that can deliver effective, efficient, reliable and most importantly, quicker results. Agile can be an effective way for most organizations to realize transformation and improve productivity.

As companies look at more wide-scale adoption of Agile practices along the enterprise, IT teams are in a perfect position to lead this charge. Adopting Agile across multiple business lines and product groups require a closer examination of foundational processes, organizational structures, operating models, relationships and of course culture. But, the rewards of being innovative, nimble and responsive in a fast-evolving business environment is undeniable and increasingly a necessity for mere survival for most businesses. Many businesses entrenched in legacy operating environments, marred in organizational malaise would gladly welcome a more invigorating approach like Agile to deliver faster results.

This meeting of the Agile IT Special Interest Group will be devoted to looking at a more wide-scale adoption of Agile methodology and practices along the enterprise. Among the presenters at this event are CUNA Mutual who has adopted Agile methodologies to drive continuous improvement across many functional areas. Also presenting at this event is Erick Weber who very recently assisted a company cut a 18-month long production cycles to just weeks through the creation of cross-functional teams and Agile practices. We will also hear other great examples of companies scaling Agile across the organization and the role IT is playing in helping them reach these objectives. This would be an exceptional opportunity for IT leaders to invite their counterparts from other functional areas and business leaders who are truly interested in transforming to a digital enterprise that is geared towards delivery.

 
Agenda Items:
9:00 AM Opening Remarks and Plan for the Day
 
9:30 AM The CUNA Mutual Journey Towards an Agile Enterprise
  Tammie Harvey – Director of Agile Continuous Improvement
Meg Herrick – Senior Manager of Change Management
Ryan Ashley – Agile Coach \ Scrum Master
Jeff Bubolz – Agile Coach
10:30 AM Breakout Discussions – Segment 1
 
11:10 AM Break
 
11:20 AM Breakout Discussions – Segment 2
 
12:00 PM Lunch
 
1:00 PM Driving Agility Across the Enterprise
  Erik Weber – Managing Partner, HealthChampion
2:00 PM Panel Discussion
  Jeff Bubolz – Agile Coach, CUNA Mutual
Erik Weber – Managing Partner, HealthChampion
Chad Beier – Agile Coach, Whiteboard Consulting
2:30 PM Wrap Up and Closing Remarks
 
3:00 PM Adjourn
 
 
Location:
Gordon Dining and Event Center, Second Floor 
Contact:
Events Team, 608-262-1145, UWEBCevents@wisc.edu 

Steering Committee

Brad Bella
Director, Information Technology
ORBIS Corporation
Shawn Belling
Adjunct Instructor – Project Management
Unviersity of Wisconsin-Madison
Terri Rundell
Lean/Agile Leader
Northwestern Mutual
Renee Vogt
Product Lifecycle Manager
American Family Insurance
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