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2/11 Evening Meeting

Thurs, February 11th, 2016, 06:30pm - 09:00pm,

TLA Evening Event “Software Delivery Excellence”

College of DuPage / 425 Fawell Blvd. / Student Resource Center (SRC) Rm# 1144, Glen Ellyn, IL

Cost: Free | Attire: Business Casual

Reservations must be made before Noon on Thurs, Feb 11th
First 50 reservations accepted. No walk-ins please.

Register on the TLA website
1) On the left pane see “User login” box to login and to sign up.
2) Once logged in…look on left pane and “click on upcoming events”.
3) Then on the right side where the event(s) are listed,
--Select the date of the event and “click on the link to sign up”.

If you are unable to access or register on the TLA website then:
Please reply via email and in the Subject Line: “TLA Evening registration (and the date of the event)”
To: and with your name and phone number.

6:30pm – 7:00pm Check-in / Casual networking
7:00pm – 8:00pm Structured Networking – Two Table Rounds
8:00pm – 8:10pm Announcements
8:10pm – 8:55pm Presentation
8:55pm – 9:00pm Adjourn promptly

Title of Presentation:
Software Delivery Excellence

Joy Davidson, Founder of Path Consulting a Path Consulting; an Atlassian expert company focused on uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others. Joy has funded projects and led teams that designed and delivered high profile strategic initiatives for Fortune 100 corporations since 1992. In her positions, she introduced digital collaboration to Walgreens. She has provided Motorola and Bank of America with IT strategy, leading to efficiencies that saved tens of millions of dollars. She has been responsible for leading integration efforts for a $400MM federal project for Motorola which implemented 360K hand-held devices to all post office branches in the US, including Guam and Puerto Rico.

Presentation Summary:
The experience of delivery amazing software products has changed. Before, software products were judged by how many defects were found in test and how well the team handled the schedule. Now, software is judged by how quickly customers can successfully operate the product in their environments.

Delivering delightful products at velocity and scale requires giving early and meaningful attention to developing a meaningful product(s) while creating a software pipeline to production that is reliable and automated. Our fundamental approach comprises collaboration tools, build automation and release management. These solutions have been proven to increase quality at velocity and scale, thus delivering an experience that project teams enjoy and actually want to try again.

Discussion Highlights

• Developing a meaningful product - requires features that are intuitive and easy to understand, captured early and then revised throughout the development process. Developing at speed requires a new level of transparency not available via email and excel.

• Build packages - that start with a partnership between the customer and development team and then is tracked with SCM best practices and automated with build tools will create an opportunity for increased customer satisfaction and new levels of efficiency.

• Change Management - A culture where responding to change is valued is an opportunity for the team to produce amazing software even quicker. Questioning, learning and adjustments during the course of the project are valued – even routine and acceptable.

Our Host, College of DuPage for hosting us CoD CIO and TLA member Chuck Currier.
TLA Member & Leader/Facilitator David Krull for organizing the TLA evening events.
When: 2nd Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted) except: (off for Jun, Jul, Aug & Dec)

College of DuPage 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn IL 60137 (630) 942-2800)
Is located approx 1 mile West of the intersection of I-355 and 56(Butterfield Rd.) in Downers Grove.

Meetings will be held in the - Student Resource Center (SRC) Rm# 1144
-TLA attendees should park in College Lot 3 off of the NE Corner of College Road and Lambert.
-Enter through the south (rear) entrance of the SRC building go through the main doors and turn left.
-Then veer to the right (along side of the cafeteria) and Rm# 1144 is at the end on the right side.

Technology Leaders Association (TLA) was established to help senior level IT executives develop and manage their careers. As part of this effort, we hold monthly meetings to network, share ideas, and learn from featured guest speakers in the career management field.
Structured networking is a technique used at most major executive transition groups. It is meant to be a powerful method of generating ideas that might help each of our searches. During this process, we will quickly brainstorm potential job lead ideas, gain networking contacts at desired companies, and generate advice from the members by sharing our backgrounds as well as our career objectives.

It is designed to generate ideas, but given the time constraints, not get into immediate detailed discussions. You should plan on following up with anybody who may have had an interesting idea or a good contact.

Please bring business cards, handbills (career overview) or resumes (plain paper is fine) to pass around if you have them. Figure on about 20 copies of the resumes/handbills and 50 business cards. We will run our networking, dividing the room into small tables of a maximum of 6 people and doing 2 table rotations before our speaker begins. At each rotation, you will have 90 seconds for your pitch and about 90 seconds for Q&A.
-summarizing your past (this is not the time to rehash your resume),
-what you are looking for, and
-what we can do to help (such as target contacts) or ask for advice on an issue.

Date of Event: 
02/11/2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm