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4/28 Morning Meeting (RESCHEDULED FROM 4/21)

TLA Morning Networking Meeting
Central States Funds
9377 W. Higgins R.
Rosemont, IL

TLA Friday April 28st Morning Meeting (RESCHEDULED FROM 4/21)
Technology Leaders Association (TLA) was established in 2002 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 strategy, information technology, and career management fields. 
Our speaker for April is Bob Zimmerman who will present:

"How can an agile development process succeed in a non-agile business world?"
There is a natural tension between the traditional business planning cycle and an agile development process. Business managers and executive leadership needs a level of predictability so they can develop appropriate strategies and forecast business performance. 
Meanwhile the Agile development team is focused on their iteration. When a card falls out of cycle, the team will work to understand why their velocity has changed, but it an accepted, if not embraced part of the agile development process. 

The result can be an unpredictable execution when leadership and partners are looking for predictable commitments. 

This session proposes some approaches that enables a business to still plan and budget for these products while the team can embrace agile and its benefits.

Date:  Friday, April 21st
Where:  Central States Funds, 9377 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont
Cost:  No charge
For reservations, (1) Please sign up online on the TLA website ( under 'Events' - or, if you don't have access to the website, (2) Please reply to with your name and telephone number.
For location information:  Contact Jim Anfield at
Reservations must be made before noon on Thursday, April 20th with the first 80 reservations accepted.  No walk-ins please.
If you have reserved and are unable to attend, as a courtesy to our host, please send a note to Pat Moroney at
Central States Funds is located at 9377 W. Higgins Rd. in Rosemont at the southeast corner of River Rd. and Higgins.  Enter off of the Higgins side of the corner then turn left/east to 9377.  There is free visitor parking in front of the building but TLA visitors are encouraged to use the parking lot north of the 9377 building.  Enter the parking garage and press the security gate button to speak to the security guard.  Let the security guard know that you are attending the TLA meeting.  They will raise the security gate to allow you access to the garage.  You can park in any spot from the 2nd floor to the top of the garage that is not reserved.  The TLA meeting will be held on the first floor in the B/C Training/Conference Room.  You do not need a security badge for access to this room.  There is also a full-service cafeteria near the room for anyone who wants to purchase food or beverages.

7:00am - 7:15am                    Check-in and coffee
7:15am - 8:30am                    Structured networking - 2 table rounds
8:30am - 8:40am                    Announcements
8:40am - 9:30am                    Bob Zimmerman
9:30am                                   Adjourn
Structured Networking
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 8 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.  Spend no more than 1/3 summarizing your past (this is not the time to rehash your resume), then spend about 1/3 on what you are looking for and 1/3 on what we can do to help (such as target contacts) or ask for advice on an issue.
Speaker Bio - Bob Zimmerman
Bob's distinguished career in IT spans more than three decades and has been largely dedicated to common-sense best practices that innovate how technology organizations deliver business value. 

Bob is a specialist in creating alignment between IT and business objectives. His focus and passion is growing teams to deliver solutions that drive revenue and increase marketshare.

He has collected best practices and delivers the Getting Predictable mantra to raise the bar on IT and business collaboration. 
Bob's uniquely practical, common sense approach to software development enables him to coach and mentor people at all levels. 

Throughout his career, Bob has shared his passion on software delivery with both executive and software development teams, enabling alignment and success throughout the organizations he touches. 

Bob has held CTO/CIO positions at ShowingTime, Geneer, AIM Specialty Health, and Geneca.

Date of Event: 
04/28/2017 - 7:00am - 9:30am