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Rose City SPIN - Traversing the Canyon of Anarchy: Making Change Stick

Lincoln Center 2 Conference Room
10220 SW Greenberg Rd.
Portland, Oregon 97223, US (map)


Traversing the Canyon of Anarchy: Making Change Stick Presented by Tamara Sulaiman Runyon

Dates/Times: Thursday, January 12th, 2012: Networking @ 5:30-6:30 PM; Seminar 6:30-7:30 PM Location: Lincoln Center 2 Conference Room (2nd floor above the cafe/barista stand. Use stairs or elevators), 10220 SW Greenberg Rd., Portland, OR 97223.

Abstract Have you ever begun a process change, only to watch in dismay and puzzlement as the change fizzles out like a wet firecracker? Have you generated excitement for new ideas, seen them seem to take root and grow, only to find a year later that there is no discernible behavior change? If so, you are not alone. In this talk Tamara Sulaiman Runyon discusses some causes of why process change is so difficult to make stick in many organizations. Topics include: the key role that vision and leadership play in instigating lasting change, the potential iceberg of organizational culture as a change blocker, as well as the people aspects โ€“ the levels of discomfort caused by change and measuring the growth of competence as change is assimilated.

Presenter Bio

Tamara Sulaiman Runyon has been assisting teams in transitioning to agile methods both as a hands-on ScrumMaster and as an Agile Coach and Scrum trainer since 2003. Tamara is focused on coaching teams to effectively provide value to key stakeholders and customers through the frequent delivery of software. Her passion lies in helping organizations plan and implement Agile transformations.

She is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Project Management Professional (PMP). Tamara is the co-originator of the AgileEVM materials and processes that integrate the traditional project management practice of Earned Value Management with the Scrum framework. As a thought leader she is currently serving on the Agile Alliance Board of Directors. Tamara continues to publish articles on Agile-related topics in industry publications such as Agile Journal, Methods and Tools, InfoQ, Projects@Work and gantthead.com. She also shares her experiences, ideas and expertise as a presenter and speaker at conferences.

A Special Treat from PNSQC

Plan on coming early! In collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) the SPIN meeting will have pizza and pop provided by PNSQC beginning at 5:30 pm.

PNSQC is the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, a group of volunteers interested in Software Quality. The Mission of the PNSQC is to enable knowledge exchange to produce higher quality software. As a non-profit, it seeks to promote software quality by providing education and opportunities for information exchange within the software community.

How to Register

This is a FREE lecture sponsored by the Rose City SPIN. You can help us plan food and drinks by registering at: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/2694702929

Rose City SPIN

The Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is a monthly forum for networking, mutual support, and promotion of effective software practices. We exchange practical experiences, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and war stories about the technical, business, and human facets of software process improvement. The Rose City SPIN serves the software development community of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Whether you work for a large company or a small one, corporate or self-employed, industrial or academic setting, you are welcome at the Rose City SPIN.