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  • Saturday
    Mar 31 2018
    Kanban Training & Workshop w/ Suzanne Ward

    Practical, Hands-on Training For Kanban Learn how to “Stop Starting and Start Finishing”

    Join us for an all day Kanban workshop on March 31st, 2018; featuring Suzanne Ward MBA MEng PMP CSM CSPO PSM CSP, a Scrum Master & Agile Coach/Trainer from Intel. Our Kanban workshop will help you adopt a value–centric system of planning and executing your work. In this one day course we cover the basics of Kanban, one of the agile processes, through a combination of theory and extensive exercises. With in-depth exercises and coaching from an experienced practitioner, participants will learn how to initiate change with Kanban and bring in process improvements by identifying and addressing bottlenecks, prioritize, and initiate collaboration.


    +++ Get a thorough understanding of the Kanban method, its core principles and practices +++ Learn how to design and introduce a Kanban system into your existing work environment +++ Understand how to improve service delivery with Kanban systems and ensure better customer focus +++ Learn to maximize benefits of the Pull-based workflow, limit Work In Progress (WIP) through continuous collaboration and active, ongoing learning and improving by defining the

        best possible team workflow

    +++ Learn concepts through case studies, interactive role play, exercises and discussions +++ Retain more information because of our unique hands-on approach; based on the latest research into brain science +++ Be entertained by stories from our real-world experienced and knowledgeable instructors +++ Maximize investments already made by gaining valuable Professional Development Units (PDUs) +++ Increase your personal worth within your company and in the marketplace +++ Network with people from Intel Corporation and other software companies


    Kanban is one of the easiest ways to get your process and delivery under control, anyone with work that needs to get done will benefit. People whose work is completed through projects and through teams; Software Engineers, Marketing Professionals, Project Managers, Technology Professionals, CIO’s, Team Leaders, Technical Leaders, Program Managers, Department Managers, Portfolio Managers, Supply Logistics Professionals.


    Product, Brand, and Marketing Management in diverse range of markets and industries, with P&L responsibilities up to $100 million annual sales.

    Quick Learner of new industries/product offerings with results-oriented achievements. Created excitement around a static accessories category in condensed timeframe. Created full line of support, educational, training, and presentation materials. Impact of efforts increased sales from $16.4M to $37.2M in 24 months.

    Program management for multiple high tech/electronic development projects, averaging $3 million annual budget. Serve in project manager and product manager capacities. Two successful worldwide launches in 3 years. $1M annual OEM/B2B sales and $10M annual sales.

    Combine demonstrated product management leadership experience with strong hands-on technical background. Equally comfortable delving into product requirements with hard-core engineers as well as presenting to executive level decision makers.

    Uniquely skilled at fostering new ideas, building successful cross-functional teams, and nurturing a culture of consumer-driven product development and user experience innovation. Experience working in and managing cross-functional, cross-division, cross-geographic and multi-cultural sales, marketing and engineering organizations.

    International program management, sourcing, engineering, OEM/ODM management/development experience. Overseas work assignments in EU and Asia with extended stay in Asia.


    PMP, Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute PSM, Professional Scrum Master, Scrum.org CSM, CSPO, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, Scrum Alliance CSP, Certified Scrum Professional, Scrum Alliance



  • Tuesday
    Oct 20 2015
    Extensible, Performance-Aware, SMM-based Runtime Integrity Measurement

    Today's complex server platforms include software environments (both kernels and hypervisors) vulnerable to sophisticated malware called rootkits, that specifically target low-level resources such as kernel or hypervisor data structures. These attacks modify sensitive host software and hardware resources that control fundamental operations such as interrupt handling, memory access, and event handlers, resulting in a compromised system. In response to this vulnerability, researchers have developed Runtime Integrity Measurement Mechanisms (RIMMs) that aim to detect rootkits before financial or political damage occurs. One particularly promising approach is to run these rootkit detection checks in System Management Mode (SMM): SMM is a special x86 processor mode that privileged software such as kernel or hypervisor code cannot access; code running in SMM has access to a protected region of memory that cannot be inspected or overwritten by privileged software or applications, providing protection of the RIMM itself. This approach is currently infeasible due to performance constraints; interference with system software may lead to significant perturbation or even failure of the system and application software. In this talk I will describe the performance problems, showing results from our detailed performance study of the impacts of time spent in SMM. In addition, I will introduce our current project to develop a solution that stays within acceptable performance bounds. This talk should be accessible to students who have an understanding of Operating Systems foundations, for example by completing CS333 or CS533.