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 or 608-890-1291.

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Agile IT Special Interest Group Meeting 

Self-Organizing Teams and Effective Management Strategies 
May 01, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM 
Self-organizing teams represent a cornerstone of the Agile movement. Join us to learn and share practices and lessons learned regarding self-organizing and self-management approaches to Agile teams. 

The May meeting of the Agile SIG will examine two closely related topics: Creating self-managing and organizing teams, and approaches to more effectively manage Agile teams. One of the key principles behind the Agile Manifesto is: “The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.” However, enabling and creating an environment that fosters self-managing teams is not easily achieved. Most organizations are marred with structural hierarchies and artifacts that are not conducive for Agile teams. This meeting will give an opportunity for IT leaders to collaboratively discuss how empowerment and accountability can help create and sustain teams that are better synced and driven by a core set of values and a shared vision. Managing such teams requires a servant leadership mindset that is geared towards coaching and development.

Join your peers from other great Wisconsin companies to discuss how best to create, empower and manage your Agile teams.

Agenda Items:
9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions
9:15 AM Approaches to Managing Agile Teams
  Shawn Belling – CIO, MATC
9:45 AM Agile Reboot at CUNA Mutual Group
  Lynn Doane – IT Manager, CUNA Mutual Group
Megan Kuhl – Scrum Master, CUNA Mutual Group
Mike Christensen – Scrum Master, CUNA Mutual Group
10:15 AM Case Study: Creating Agile Teams at Delta Dental of Wisconsin
  Mark Grundman – Project Manager, Delta Dental of Wisconsin
10:45 AM Enactment of an Agile Team Building Exercise
11:00 AM Breakout Discussions – Segment 1
11:45 AM Lunch
12:45 PM Leadership in Agile
  Amber Field – Director of Software Development, Singlewire Software
1:15 PM Breakout Discussions – Segment 2
1:55 PM Panel Discussion
  Shawn Belling – CIO, MATC
Chad Beier – Agile Coach, White Board Consulting
Lynn Doane – IT Manager, CUNA Mutual Group
Amber Field – Director of Software Development, Singlewire Software
Mark Grundman – Project Manager, Delta Dental of Wisconsin
2:55 PM Wrap Up and Closing Remarks
3:00 PM Adjourn
Pyle Center 
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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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