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121 SW Salmon
Portland, Oregon 97204, US (map)
(503) 464-8688

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  • Thursday
    Sep 14 2017
    BEST FEST, The Pacific NW's Premier Cleantech Innovation Conference

    World Trade Center

    Innovations on the frontiers of science and technology can help address the environmental challenges we face. The 2017 BEST FEST will explore how cutting edge innovations in Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, Water, Natural Resources, IoT, Agriculture and Food can make a positive impact on the planet while also growing the Oregon economy. Experts from across industries in Oregon and outside the state along with entrepreneurs and university researchers will expose exciting innovations in an informative and fascinating program.

    Now in its ninth year, BEST FEST brings together the doers, thinkers, and innovators working in clean technology across the region. Our signature event – known as the Pacific Northwest’s premier cleantech innovation conference – is about learning, inspiring, networking, sharing ideas, and shaping a better, more sustainable future. BEST FEST convenes a diverse audience of entrepreneurs, investors, partners, corporates, university researchers, students, and scientists – all of whom share the common goal of accelerating solutions to environmental challenges and want to create opportunities to engage.

    Early bird tickets on sale now at: https://tinyurl.com/y7mc2a28

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  • Wednesday
    Jul 12 2017
    CNPDX July: Bear Metal, Bare ARMs and Kubernetes Anniversary

    World Trade Center

    First, Happy Kubernetes Birthday! This will be our Kube Birthday meetup, so we'll have cake.

    We'll also be having a "installing/running Kubernetes on Bare Metal" extravaganza. This will include:

    • Ryan Moe of IBM talking about running Kubernetes on his Raspberry Pi Cluster;

    • An ARM64 box from the ARM consortium, set up for testing Kube on ARM64

    • Josh Berkus's x86 Microcluster, and a demo for installing kubeadm in containers

    If you have semi-portable hardware to install Kubernetes on, with any architecture, please let us know in the comments and bring it along.

    Please RSVP on meetup.com if you are able to.

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  • Monday
    Oct 17 2016
    Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC)
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    A two-day technical program and one day of workshops for software quality engineers, testers, managers, consultants, software developers, Agilists and non-Agilist.

    A featured speaker is author, consultant and “Pragmatic Manager” Johanna Rothman of the Rothman Consulting Group, Inc. She will lead a workshop on using Agile + Lean to deliver business value every day..

    PNSQC events draw participants from Universities and Corporations from around the world. Among the major participants are ADP, Boeing Computer Services, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Mentor Graphics, Tektronix, Microsoft, Portland State University and Oregon State University.

    PNSQC’s mission is to enable knowledge exchange to produce higher quality software. We seek to increase the awareness of the importance of software quality. As a non-profit corporation, we seek to promote software quality by providing education and opportunities for information exchange within the software community. PNSQC provides opportunities to demonstrate, teach and exchange ideas on both proven and leading edge software quality practices.

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  • Thursday
    Jun 16 2016
    Certified Scaled Agilist - SAFe Agilist Certification Program
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    The SAFe® Agilist certification program is for executives, managers and Agile change agents responsible for leading a Lean-Agile change initiative in a large software enterprise. It validates their knowledge in applying the Scaled Agile Framework, lean thinking, and product development flow principles in an enterprise context so they can lead the adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework.

    This Leading SAFe® workshop will show you how to deliver large projects with multiple teams and how Agile works at the portfolio and program levels.

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  • Tuesday
    Oct 13 2015
    Software Quality Town Hall (PNSQC + SPIN) & An Agile Park Bench with David Hussman

    World Trade Center

    PNSQC Town Hall with Rose City SPIN Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

    Come join PNSQC and the Rose City SPIN for networking and knowledge exchange with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. After two intense days of presentations, it is your chance to talk over not just PNSQC 2015 but the current state of software development. This event is open to the public because we want to share the knowledge gained at the conference with the entire silicon forest community. Please stop by.

    Rose City SPIN Presentation Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

    Exploring the Landscape of Software Quality – An Agile Park Bench with David Hussman Invited Speaker Panel

    In this session we will welcome many of our keynote and invited speakers to the stage for an interactive panel discussion. As an audience member, you will have the chance to be actively involved by submitting questions for the panel speakers to answer and then voting on whether you want the discussion to continue or change topics after a period of time. This is a great opportunity to engage with an established set of practitioners that are exploring the best in software quality today.

    Join us ahead of the event for a fantastic networking session with drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Join fellow attendees and local community members to share in great conversation. Panel questions will be collected here so don’t forget to submit some of the challenging questions that come up in your discussions!

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  • Monday
    Oct 12 2015
    Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) - Kick-off Social & Open Mic Tales of Testing Terrors

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    Kick-off Social & Open Mic Tales of Testing Terrors

    Plan on joining us for this Kick-off event, meet the vendors, meet your fellow attendees and speakers, mingle and mix it up. We provide the complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages; we invite the local software community to join us.

    Nothing can prepare you for stories you will hear this dark and eerie night as your colleagues drag you to the brink of madness with tales of terrifying testing, scary software, inscrutable specifications, and devilish defects!

    Have your own terrifying tale to tell? The stage is yours for 3 minutes if you dare! Survivors will be cursed with a special prize awarded for the truly most frightening descriptions of software gone horribly, horribly wrong.

    This open mic event is brought to you by Pacific NW Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) and Technology Association of Oregon (TAO).

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  • Pacific NW Software Quality Conference
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    PNSQC has a strong Pacific Northwest region attendance profile with a substantial proportion of national and international presenters and invited speakers.

    The conference attracts a diverse audience and is considered a “must attend” event for software product managers, quality professionals, Agilists, managers, contractors, consultants, customers, developer-testers, tester-developers, and maintenance engineers.

    PNSQC Mission: Enable knowledge exchange to produce higher quality software.

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  • Wednesday
    Dec 10 2014
    Transactive Energy Conference 2014
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    The electric grid system runs on software and those software functions are expanding in response to more solar and wind in the grid.

    The GridWise® Architecture Council and Smart Grid Northwest are pleased to announce that the Second International Conference and Workshop on Transactive Energy will be held on December 10-11, 2014 in Portland, Oregon at the World Trade Center.

    Capacity is limited and regular ticket prices end on December 7 when late registration prices go into effect.

    The meeting brings together representatives of government, industry, utilities, vendor organizations and academia who have an interest in advancing transactive energy—an approach that combines economic and control techniques to improve power grid reliability and efficiency.

    This year the event has a variety of worthwhile activities for energy professionals, policy makers and anyone interested in the value revolution of intelligent electricity. The conference will feature keynote talks from energy industry leaders, international expert panels, presentations of selected papers on topics critical to the success of transactive energy. There will also be four different interactive workshops where attendees can discuss and develop answers to important questions about the future of intelligent electricity.

    The 2014 conference will again be a partnership between the GridWise® Architecture Council (GWAC) and Smart Grid Northwest with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Bonneville Power Administration, Portland General Electric, and others.

    GWAC was formed by the Department of Energy to promote and enable software interoperability among the many entities that interact with the nation's electric power system.

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  • Monday
    Oct 20 2014
    The Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC)
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    Annually, PNSQC provides a two-day technical program and a one-day workshop during our fall conference. PNSQC events draw participants from Universities and Corporations from around the world. Among the major participants are ADP, Boeing Computer Services, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Mentor Graphics, Tektronix, Microsoft, Portland State University and Oregon State University.

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  • Friday
    Sep 26 2014
    Quality Open Mic Night | QA Community Event in conjunction with PNSQC

    In conjuction with PNSQC, please join us for the PNSQC kick-off event, meet the vendors, mingle and mix it up. We provide complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and will invite the local software community to join us.

    Then you provide us your tales from the dark side with Quality Open Mic Night! Get into the Halloween spirit with the evenings Emcee, Frank D’Andrea who will open the night off with a Blood-Curdling Tale of Testing!

    Nothing can prepare you for stories you will hear this dark and eerie night as your colleagues drag you to the brink of madness with tales of terrifying testing, scary software, inscrutable specifications, and devilish defects!

    Have your own terrifying tale to tell? The stage is yours for 5 minutes IF your dare! Survivors will be cursed with a special prize awarded for the truly most frightening, nightmarish, and deeply disturbing descriptions of software gone horribly, horribly wrong.

    This open mic event is hosted by the greatest howler of all – Frank D’Andrea – and brought to you by PNSQC and TAO.

    Tell your tale or die trying!

    Details: When: Monday, October 20th Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM - includes appetizers and soft drinks - beer, wine and cocktails for purchase Where: Wold Trade Center, room tbd, Portland, OR Cost: Free to attend but registration is required

    Are you interested in being our beer, wine and cocktail sponsor? Contact [email protected]!

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  • Tuesday
    Oct 15 2013
    Your Path Through Agile Fluency: Making Agile Work for You

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    Your Path Through Agile Fluency: Making Agile Work for You

    Presented by Diana Larsen and James Shore

    Networking with complimentary hors d'oeuvres at 5:30pm
    Presentation at 6:30pm

    Abstract

    The promise of Agile is simple and compelling: a team that effortlessly surfs the wave of business possibility, changing direction to meet the needs of a changing market. Transitioning to Agile confers many benefits to an organization, but all too often teams don’t (or can’t) deliver on the promise. Too few teams achieve the ideal.

    Diana Larsen and Jim Shore developed a model of the ways agile teams deliver value. This model describes four conditions of Agile fluency, what you can expect from each condition, and how to increase your team’s fluency, so you can achieve what Agile promises.

    Diana and Jim will demonstrate how the organization’s desire for benefits and willingness to invest make the real difference. From creating value, to delivering, optimizing, and beyond, you will learn the practices, techniques, and change necessary as teams stretch their understanding of Agile and achieve new levels of excellence. This talk is based on the ideas behind the article at www.agilefluency.com.

    Bio

    Diana Larsen is a founding partner of FutureWorks Consulting. She is considered an international authority in the areas of Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile transitions. Diana works with organizations in the western US and around the world. Deeply in tune with how work teams grow, adapt, and develop, she co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects, and most recently, with James Shore, “Your Path through Agile Fluency: A Brief Guide to Success with Agile” at www.agilefluency.com.

    An active volunteer, Diana is a current board member for Agile Open Northwest and the Organization Design Forum, coordinating committee member for AgilePDX, and past board member of Agile Alliance and PNSQC. She is also an associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute. You can follow her on Twitter (@DianaOfPortland) or contact her directly at [email protected].

    James Shore teaches, writes, and consults on Agile development processes. He led his first Agile team in 1999 and was an early adopter of Extreme Programming in 2000. Today, he focuses on helping people understand how all aspects of Agile, from technical, to business, to social, fit together to create successful software projects.

    James is an inaugural recipient of the Agile Alliance’s Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile Practice and is co-author of The Art of Agile Development (O’Reilly, 2007). In 2012, InfoQ named him as one of the “most influential people in Agile.” He writes about software development on his “Art of Agile” blog at http://jamesshore.com and he hosts the screencast series “Let’s Code: Test-Driven JavaScript” at http://www.letscodejavascript.com.

    A Special Treat from PNSQC

    Plan on coming early! In collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) the SPIN meeting will complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages beginning at 5:30 pm. This is a great opportunity for networking and knowledge exchange with other practitioners on the current state of software development.

    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. But you can help us plan by registering at: https://2013octspin-reg.eventbrite.com

    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.

  • Monday
    Oct 14 2013
    Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC)
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    It's not too late to register or volunteer for PNSQC, the Northwest's premier software quality conference. Attend the conference, watch the keynotes, talk to paper and poster presenters, come to the official party.

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  • Wednesday
    Oct 9 2013
    The Patent System Boot Camp: An In-depth Primer

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    A cost effective resource for basic IP training that would otherwise be coordinated and produced in-house. This 4-hour workshop will describe, in depth, the entire patent system, from its reason for existence to how to create strong patents as valuable corporate assets.

    The first hour of the workshop will be a general overview of the patent system and will be lead by Vincent Chiappetta, Professor of Law, Willamette University.

    Content will include:

    • Why the US has an intellectual property system
    • How patents relate to other forms of intellectual property
    • How patents are used both offensively and defensively

    In addition, three small-group sessions will provide access, in a non-threatening, teaching environment, from industry veterans who will answer questions specific to your industry or business.

    Small Group Breakout Sessions

    Steps to take before filing a patent application Lead: Brenna Legaard, Lane Powell PC •When and how to document inventions •How to decide whether a patent application should be filed •How to work with inside or outside patent counsel

    How to draft a patent application Leads: Thaine Allison, Director Technology, SB&I, Nike Jay Rafter, Stoel Rives LLP •How to develop an application that will ultimately issue as a patent •Why are claims so hard to read (and how to read them)

    How to successfully navigate an application through the Patent Office Leads: Kevin Ross, Marger Johnson McCollom PC Rick Boyd, Ater Wynne LLP •How examiners use "Prior Art" •How to best respond to Patent Office rejections •How to prosecute a patent that will withstand an invalidity attack

    Participants will take home a packet of valuable materials specific to developing an in-house patent system.

    Who should attend? • Engineers new to the patent system •Engineering managers •Managers having IP responsibility •VCs who seek in-depth knowledge about the patent system •Small business owners and entrepreneurs

    Event Details: Date: October 9, 2013 Time: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. - Networking and Breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Program, break-sessions and Q&A Location: World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon Street, 2WTC, Mezzanine 2, 3, and 4, Portland, OR 97204 Cost: TAO Members $55 | Nonmembers TAO $85 To Register: www.techoregon.org

    Sponsor: Marger Johnson & McCollom PC

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  • Thursday
    Oct 11 2012
    Agile Testing Open Northwest

    World Trade Center

    Sponsored by AgilePDX, Agile Open Northwest, TAO QA & Dev Forums, PNSQC:

    "Agile Testing: How do WE Make it Work?"

    As our organizations move toward "Agile” for developing software, we all face the challenge of understanding how to adapt our former roles and ways of working to new work roles and processes. How do we ensure the continued value of testing?

    Join us in Open Space to share your questions, challenges, strategies, success stories, and how you've overcome stumbling blocks.

    In small groups, we’ll discuss topics such as:

    · How is Agile testing different from how we’ve always done it? · How do we know what to test? · How do we know what not to test? · On Agile teams, when does testing happen and whose job is it? · What is Exploratory Testing and why should we care? · How do regression tests work? · How does testing improve my design? Should it? · How do we ensure it is cost effective? · What do people mean when they say, "no defects”? · Does Agile change how we test or does it just raise the existing issues?

    Bring the topics you feel passion for and add them to the list!

    Each self-organizing discussion group will create a document or other record of their discussion, ideas, questions, and insights. We’ll share everyone’s experiences at the end of the day.

    Who should attend?

    · Testers facing an Agile adoption/People new to the testing role/Testers eager to jump in · Devs who want to get serious about defect-free code · CTOs and Managers of Test/Validation, Dev, Application Delivery · Academics preparing new software/IT professionals for the real world

    Cost to attend: $75 per person (Register early. We expect to sell out.)

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  • Tuesday
    Oct 9 2012
    Agile Metrics – Velocity is Not the Goal

    World Trade Center

    Rose City SPIN Presentation in partnership with PNSQC

    Agile Metrics – Velocity is Not the Goal

    Michael “Doc” Norton, LeanDog

    Velocity is one of the most common metrics used—and one of the most commonly misused—on agile projects. Velocity is simply a measurement of speed in a given direction—the rate at which a team is delivering toward a product release. As with a vehicle en route to a particular destination, increasing the speed may appear to ensure a timely arrival. However, that assumption is dangerous because it ignores the risks with higher speeds. And while it’s easy to increase a vehicle’s speed, where exactly is the accelerator on a software team? Michael “Doc” Norton walks us through the Hawthorne Effect and Goodhart’s Law to explain why setting goals for velocity can actually hurt a project’s chances of success. Take a look at what can negatively impact velocity, ways to stabilize fluctuating velocity, and methods to improve velocity without the risks. Leave with a toolkit of additional metrics that, coupled with velocity, give a better view of the project’s overall health.

    A promoter and practitioner of agile since 1999, Michael “Doc” Norton (@DocOnDev) is an agile coach and a partner with LeanDog. Doc’s twenty-plus years of software development have provided him with experience on a wide range of topics. As a member of LeanDog, living in Wadsworth, OH, Doc provides coaching, mentoring, training, and delivery in agile/XP/lean software development techniques. Doc is immediately suspicious of anyone who declares expertise in a single programming language or methodology. He is passionate about helping others become better developers, working with teams to improve delivery, and emphasizing software craftsmanship.

    About 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. Monthly seminars are sponsored by the Rose City SPIN and the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference.

    About PNSQC

    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.

  • Monday
    Oct 8 2012
    30th Annual Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC)
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    PNSQC 2012 – Engineering Quality

    PNSQC is the best software quality conference in the west from the standpoint of take-home, usable learning, state-of-the-art and practice discussions, and high quality interactions and networking in the broad field of software quality.

    Registration is now open.

    If your company needs a real shot in the arm – ideas that work in today’s complex computing environment – then you’ll want to attend PNSQC.

    Joining us will be the following Keynote Speakers:

    The invited speakers will be Suzanne Miller (SEI), Ben Simo (Quality Frog), Linda Rising, and Peter Walen. There will also be 8 in-depth workshops, including a two-day Certified ScrumMaster Training with Solutions IQ.

    The complete two-day technical program is now available with talks across the software industry – from Mobile and Cloud to UX and Design, with Testing, Automation, Process Improvement and more.

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  • Thursday
    Apr 19 2012
    AgilePDX event: "The Mikado Method, or how to behead the legacy beast" workshop

    World Trade Center

    THANK YOU to our sponsors: ProKarma and Agile Open Northwest!!

    For any code base there comes a time when you want (or need) to change it. If your changes are extensive, it’s easy to get lost in a jungle of dependencies or on a sea of broken code. Ultimately, you might just give up and shove it away under the legacy label. Instead of doing that, use "The Mikado Method," a systematic approach to reclaim your code. The method helps you visualize, prepare, and perform business-value focused changes, while delivering, and without having a broken code-base in the process. It enhances team communication, collaboration and learning, and helps individuals stay on track.

    http://mikadomethod.wordpress.com/book/

    For: Lead developers, architects, programming coaches, or anyone who wants to get some serious hands-on practice on how to work their way out of messy code while keeping the delivery frequency and business value focus.

    Join Ola Ellnestam, founder of Agical.se and author of The Mikado Method, as he leads the group through exploring techniques for restructuring difficult-t0-work-with code. Ola likes to combine people, technology and business which is best done with simple means and flexible processes. More than that he likes to share his knowledge and experiences because that’s how new insights are created according to him. http://ellnestam.wordpress.com/

    http://www.hanoulle.be/2012/02/who-is-ola-ellnestam/

    http://www.agical.com/

    Registration fee: $85 - The participation of our sponsors, (including Agile Open Northwest, ProKarma, and...you?) helps us to keep the fee as low as possible.

    For more information, or if you'd like to sponsor this event, contact dlarsen [at] futureworksconsulting [dot] com

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  • Tuesday
    Dec 6 2011
    Achieving IT Service Excellence
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    ACHIEVING IT SERVICE EXCELLENCE is not just a desire but a necessity to position your IT organization as the competitive “provider of first choice.” Technology for most organizations is a commodity; having a service oriented team is where you will truly begin to gain competitive advantage. Successful IT organizations have an IT Service Strategy that is based on a common definition of service and an understanding of what is important from your clients’ perspective. “Achieving IT Service Excellence” means that everyone from the CIO to the individual contributor delivers consistent service and manages the client’s expectations on an ongoing basis.

    More info: http://learningforleverage.com/events/achieving-it-service-excellence/

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  • Tuesday
    Oct 11 2011
    Rose City SPIN: The Science of Being Happy & Productive at Work

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    The Science of Being Happy and Productive at Work Presented by Scott Crabtree, Happy Brain

    Dates/Times: Tuesday, October 11th, 2011: Networking @ 5:30 PM; Seminar 6:00-7:30 PM

    Location: World Trade Center Portland, Mezzanine Level 2 (121 SW Salmon, 2WTC, Portland, OR 97204)

    Abstract

    Grounded in solid scientific data, this award winning presentation provides actionable steps to help you become happier and more productive at work. Various studies show that happier people are more productive, more creative, more insightful, more engaged, more resilient and healthier. This presentation covers dozens of techniques to increase job happiness, organized around themes of goals, relationships and attitude.

    Presenter Bio

    Scott Crabtree earned a B.A. in Cognitive Science from Vassar College in 1988. Immediately after, he worked on artificial intelligence, including expert systems software. Seeking more fun in his life, he started working at the first of several game development companies in 1996. Serving as a Software Engineer, Game Designer, Producer and Entrepreneur, Scott is proud to have worked on game development with companies including Microsoft, Mattel, Disney, LEGO and Nike. He’s published games for PS2, Xbox, PC and mobile phones, including the iPhone. He joined Intel in 2005 as an Engineering Manager focused on video game developers. He is currently Tech Strategist for Intel Atom Developer Program. He is fascinated by and passionately studies organizational development, human psychology and the science of happiness and well-being.

    Scott lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and 2 year old daughter. He loves spending time with them, especially in nature, and also enjoys playing with his band Mister Fisk.

    How to Register

    No need to register! This is a FREE lecture sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference and Rose City SPIN.

    About PNSQC

    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.

    About the 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.

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  • Monday
    Oct 10 2011
    Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference
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    What can the software quality industry learn from quality in other industries like education, health care, manufacturing, government? What can other industries learn from us? Tell us.

    The PNSQC seeks broad interaction and exchange of ideas from different sources. Whether you are a software quality engineer, tester, manager, consultant, Agilist, non-Agilist, software developer, maintenance engineer, or whether you are directly in the field of software quality or simply related to it or concerned about it, we invite you to interact.

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  • Wednesday
    Mar 9 2011
    Network Performance Management: Past, Present and Future

    World Trade Center

    The Pioneer Lecture Series: Network Performance Management is coming to Portland on Wednesday, March 9th. Gain insight from the creators of TCPDUMP, WinPCap and Wireshark. You'll find out how Dr. Steve McCanne, Loris Degioanni and Gerald Combs came together as the pioneers of packet capture and analysis. You'll also find out what they see as the next generation of application aware network performance management and what it means for you.

    Sponsored by Riverbed Technology

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  • Tuesday
    Oct 19 2010
    Jon Bach: My Crazy Plan for Responding to Change (Rose City SPIN)

    World Trade Center

    Talk will be held at the World Trade Center, Portland, Mezzanine Level 2 in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC).

    This is a free talk and open to the public.

    Abstract

    During a given workday, we either focus on testing activities or we have to focus on the things that interrupt testing activities. Some of us lament the interruptions, others find it energizing because it’s consistent with notions of Agile — like responding to change over following a plan. I’ve got an idea on how to use interruptions to focus on testing activities. Multi-tasking is not evil, nor does it have to torpedo your project, but it may require a management technique to help you stay sane. Enter Thread-Based Test Management — a way to let interruptions guide you to where you’re needed most. Using a kanban-style dashboard is one way to go with the flow without losing your way. Using a spreadsheet with rows to track topics you followed in a day is another. In this talk, Jon Bach describes his experiences with a new technique he and his brother James invented that might help you get rid of the shame of feeling undisciplined for letting yourself be interrupted while being more response-able to the important things that need your time and attention.

    Speaker Bio

    Jon has over 15 years of experience, including Fortune 500 and start-up companies, serving in the Quality Assistance and Software Testing domain. He is a co-author of a Microsoft Patterns and Practices book on Acceptance Testing (2010) and is an award-winning keynote speaker for major testing conferences (STAR, QAI, BCS SIGIST). He has served as the vice president of conferences for the Association for Software Testing; invented a method for managing and measuring exploratory testing; a method for coaching testers (Open-Book Testing) and categorizing risk (Color-Aided Test Design) and has published over 50 articles, whitepapers, and presentations about the notions of value of exploration and rapid, risk-based testing. He has been with Quardev for the past 6 years and serves as the speaker chairman for the acclaimed Seattle non-profit QASIG testing forum (www.qasig.org).

    About 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.

    Monthly seminars are sponsored by the Rose City SPIN and the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference.

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  • Wednesday
    May 19 2010
    IxDA Portland: Jared Spool

    World Trade Center

    This month IxDA Portland is pleased to present a lecture from Jared Spool!

    Wednesday May 19, 2010

    Cost: Free! You need to register and bring your ticket for admission. There are only 220 seats available! RSVP: http://spool-amazon.eventbrite.com/

    Where: World Trade Center Portland 121 SW Salmon St, 2WTC, Portland OR 97204 Bridge Level Auditorium Directions [http://www.wtcpd.com/mapsanddirections.php] Parking is available below the building for $3.

    What Time: 6pm-8pm

    Topic: Revealing Design Treasures from The Amazon

    On its surface, Amazon.com just seems like a large e-commerce site, albeit a successful one. Its design isn't flashy, nor is it much to write home about. But deep within its pages are hidden secrets -- secrets that every designer should know about.

    If one looks closely at what the team at Amazon has built, it's filled with innovative functionality and clever designs, all of which creates a delightful experience for its users and directly produces regular profits for its shareholders. But not all is perfect. Some design changes in the last few years have not been the success that the team had hoped for. Amazon's exceptional qualities and imperfections are critical knowledge for any designer that wants to dig deep into what makes the site tick.

    In this entertaining presentation, Jared will share some of UIE's latest research into the hidden treasures of (the) Amazon. You'll learn:

    • The simple Yes/No question that increased revenues by more than $1 billion
    • The elegant subtlety of Amazon's security system
    • Why Amazon's business model is more than meets the eye (and why designers need to care)
    • The wins and losses that Amazon has had with social media functionality

    About the speaker

    Jared M. Spool, Founding Principal If you’ve ever seen Jared speak about usability, you know that he’s probably the most effective, knowledgeable communicator on the subject today. What you probably don’t know is that he has guided the research agenda and built User Interface Engineering into the largest research organization of its kind in the world. He’s been working in the field of usability and design since 1978, before the term "usability" was ever associated with computers.

    Jared spends his time working with the research teams at the company, helps clients understand how to solve their design problems, explains to reporters and industry analysts what the current state of design is all about, and is a top-rated speaker at more than 20 conferences every year. He is also the conference chair and keynote speaker at the annual User Interface Conference, is on the faculty of the Tufts University Gordon Institute, and manages to squeeze in a fair amount of writing time.

    Sponsored by: IxDA Portland, CHIFOO, PGE, ISITE Design, Aquent

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  • Wednesday
    Apr 7 2010
    Gubernatorial Candidate Forum - Democratic Candidates

    The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN), Software Association of Oregon (SAO) , Oregon Business Association (OBA) and the Portland Business Alliance are presenting the 2010 Gubernatorial Candidate Forums. Tech America will be a supporting organization for the forums

    Oregon’s economy is facing great challenges. The state is struggling with serious budgetary shortfalls and that is exacerbated by an unemployment rate that is hovering above 10 percent. With the recent passage of measures 66 & 67 many Oregonians question what the impact will be for Oregon businesses. Policies that support and encourage business growth and economic development are a top-of-mind priority for many Oregonians. These candidate forums are intended to provide an opportunity for members of the business community to ask the candidates from each party what they would do to help support business and economic growth in Oregon.

    The Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate forum will take place on Wednesday, April 7 at Portland General Electric’s auditorium located at 121 SW Salmon St, 2WTC in Portland. It will feature Democratic candidates Bill Bradbury (www.bradburyfororegon.com) and John Kitzhaber, (www.johnkitzhaber.com).

    The Republican Gubernatorial Candidate forum will take place on Tuesday, April 27 at the Multnomah Athletic Club 1849 SW Salmon St. in Portland. It will feature Republican candidates Allen Alley (www.allenalley.com) and Chris Dudley (www.chrisdudley.com).

    Tickets are required for onsite attendees and individual live stream access. Registration is recommended for satellite venues.

    The gubernatorial candidate forum will be held prior to the primaries and will be moderated by Laural Porter of KGW News (twitter.com/lauralkgw). Check-in begins at 4:00PM. The program will begin at 4:30 PM and will run to 6:00 PM. Tickets are $20 for members of presenting or supporting organizations and $40 for non-members. We encourage attendees to pre-register online using the link below.

    The forums will be streamed live over the web. Individual web stream tickets can be purchased for $10 in advance, but business community members outside of the Portland area may attend a satellite event in their local area at no charge.

    For more information about the forums, or to register for either of these events, please go to:

    Democratic Candidates Forum: www.sao.org/event/dgp

    Republican Candidates Forum: www.sao.org/event/rgp

    Follow the discussions on twitter: #pdxGDP & #pdxRGP.

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  • Tuesday
    Nov 3 2009
    2009 Oregon Innovation Showcase

    Oregon’s four premier research universities, Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon, have launched a new website, to promote interaction between industry and Oregon research universities. Innovate Collaborate Oregon incorporates a searchable technology portal allowing visitors to identify and learn more about promising discoveries and collaboration opportunities at Oregon’s universities.

    Oregon universities collaborate with entrepreneurs, companies and the business community to ensure that ideas generated by faculty, students and staff reach the private sector to create products and services which benefit the public. Innovate Collaborate Oregon will allow greater industry access to the latest advances in university research and enable the universities to generate resources to continue academic research. It also provides the public with an opportunity to learn more about world-class research in the State of Oregon.

    Oregon’s public research universities collaborate on initiatives in addition to Innovate Collaborate Oregon. These include the University Venture Development Fund, The Oregon Innovation Showcase and participation in Oregon’s Signature Research Centers (ONAMI, BEST, and OTRADI).

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  • Tuesday
    Oct 27 2009
    Rose City SPIN: Effective Job Seeking

    Rose City Software Process Improvement Network seminar in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (www.pnsqc.org):

      Effective Job Seeking — How To Cope, Prepare, and Move Forward If You Find Yourself Unemployed
      Presented by Michael Hoffman
    
      Networking @ 6:00 PM; Seminar 6:30-7:30 PM; This event is free and open to the public.
    
      Abstract:
      The unexpected happened to me on November 17, 2008… I was laid off. I was 20 years out of college, a seasoned software industry engineer, and leader, and was suddenly thrown into the pool of “Unemployed Hi-Tech Professionals” that numbered in the tens of thousands in the Portland area. A few months later, I was employed again, the results of a job search that involved techniques and technologies relevant to seeking employment given today’s hiring practices.
    
      This presentation/discussion will focus on:
      •Company hiring attitudes/practices
      •Key technologies and techniques for job searching
      •Considerations when working through recruiting companies
      •Right and wrong ways to apply
      •Effective approaches to getting that first interview
      •Making yourself stand out
      •Preparing ahead of time for when it happens to you
    
      Speaker Bio:
      Michael Hoffman is a 20-year veteran of the software industry. He has filled a variety of development and quality engineering, strategist, and leadership roles at companies such as Jeppesen Sanderson, Hewlett-Packard Company, Insight Distribution Software, Sharp, and GTE Government Systems. Mr. Hoffman’s experience spans the realms of communications systems, factory control/integration, embedded systems, PC applications, and web-base solutions. Additionally, he teaches various software engineering courses for Oregon Institute of Technology.
    
      Mr. Hoffman recently found himself involuntarily seeking employment at a time when many companies were downsizing and few were hiring. As a result, he developed strategies and techniques that proved effective in today’s job market for identifying opportunities, applying voluntarily for positions, interviewing, and following-up. Mr. Hoffman continues to mentor unemployed colleagues, sharing advice and best practices based on his experiences.
    
      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
    
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  • Friday
    Mar 27 2009
    Greenlight Ambassadors Breakfast w/ U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer

    World Trade Center

    The stimulus is coming!

      What does it mean for you, your business 
      and the Portland metro area? 
      + + + 
      Come hear 
    
      U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer 
      talk about the $800 billion federal stimulus package 
      and the implications for our region's economy at a 
    
      Greenlight Ambassadors Breakfast 
      Friday, March 27, 2009 
      7:30-9:00 a.m. 
    
      Two World Trade Center, Mezzanine 2, 3 & 4 
      25 SW Salmon Street 
      (A parking garage is located on Taylor Street between Naito and First.) 
    
      Continental breakfast will be served. 
    
      $10 admission 
      Funds will be donated to Oregon Heat, which provides 
      utility payment assistance to low-income households. 
    
      REGISTER NOW: www.greenlightgreaterportland.com » 
    
      Or... http://tinyurl.com/Greenlightgreaterportland
    
      This Greenlight Ambassadors event is 
      generously hosted by Portland General Electric. 
    
      Open to all, though space is limited to 150 people. 
    
    
      [email protected] • Greenlight Greater Portland
    
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  • Thursday
    Jun 12 2008
    Oregon Electric Vehicle Association meeting

    OEVA meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month (except Dec.) in downtown Portland at Two World Trade Center, on the corner of SW Salmon and 1st Street.

    * 7pm - 7:30, Socializing, Car show and tell<br />
    * 7:30 - 9pm, Meeting<br /><br />
    

    PGE provides outlets for recharging your vehicle, so bring your EV if you have one.

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  • Thursday
    May 29 2008
    ACG: An Evening with Gerry Langeler

    Co-founder of Mentor Graphics

    Managing Director of OVP Venture Partners

    Interview followed by Q&A.

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  • Saturday
    Apr 26 2008
    Venture Resources Conference

    The Venture Resources Conference is a one-stop-shop for resources your startup needs to succeed. Five service providers required by anyone starting a business will offer you an opportunity at no charge to sit down in a 1:1 setting, discuss your ideas and get specific answers to your specific business needs. For more detailed information and to register, please visit http://www.vrconf.com

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