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 IT Special Interest Group Meeting 

Agile Budgeting and Organizational Changes That Promote Agility 
August 21, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM 
Discover how your organization can create Agile oriented budgets and make structural changes that can help with the adoption of agility. 
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Description:

The August 2019 Agile IT Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting will examine two core facets of enterprise Agile adoption – organizational structures and designs within the organization that promote Agile work, and Agile budgeting. Most organizations are committed to annualized budgeting and long-term resource allocations – approaches that doesn’t align well with the Agile philosophy. Creating budgeting mechanisms that are truly dynamic and reflective of the needs of the organization can help Agile teams deliver more effectively and provide better accountability for their efforts. As Agile becomes more pervasive within the enterprise, organizations should also create appropriate structures that accommodate such changes. For instance, HR focus could change from individual productivity to team productivity measures; Management approaches should also change to accommodate team dynamics, over managing an employee. Changing such structural attributes within the enterprise can help address some of the challenges that Agile teams encounter on a daily basis, and ensure productivity.

Presenting at this event is Steve Denning author of The Age of Agile: How Smart Companies Are Transforming the Way Work Gets Done who will share his perspectives on how to make an organization more Agile ready and how Agile budgeting can help organizations focus its efforts on what matters most. Also presenting at the event is a team from WPS Insurance that is laying the groundwork to adopting Agile across areas in HR and other business units outside of IT. Finally, a team from Target will share how the retail giant has instituted a budgeting mechanism that is driven by value delivered, instead on simple resource allocations.

Please join your peers from across Wisconsin to share, explore and learn how to more effectively develop Agile practices within your own organization. This will be an exceptional networking and learning opportunity for Agile practitioners, coaches, team leads and also those within finance, HR and executives roles who are interested in making Agility a priority within the organization.

 
Agenda Items:
9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions
  Cavinda Caldera, UWEBC
9:15 AM Preparing the Enterprise for an Agile Transformation
  Stephen Denning
10:00 AM HR Agile Adoption Journey at WPS Health Solutions
  Mike Sharon Schultz, WPS Health Solutions
John Hart, WPS Health Solutions
Peggy Long, WPS Health Solutions
11:00 AM Breakout Group Discussion - Session I
 
11:35 AM Lunch
 
12:15 PM An Alternative Approach to Budgeting
  Stephen Denning
1:00 PM Target’s Journey from Project to Product Funding
  Jeremy Moede, Target Corporation
Jonathan Radloff, Target Corporation
1:45 PM Breakout Group Discussion - Session II
 
2:20 PM Panel Discussion
  Stephen Denning
Mike Sharon Schultz, WPS Health Solutions
Jeremy Moede, Target Corporation
Chad Beier, Whiteboard Consulting
Jeff Bubolz, Humane Consulting
3:00 PM Adjourn
 
 
Location:
Pyle Center 
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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