Project and Portfolio Management Community of Practice (PPM CoP) - May session

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT

Practicing Agile Concepts on Projects at UW – Panel

Continuing with our Agile theme from April, where Agile concepts were introduced, our May Project and Portfolio Community of Practice virtual session is a panel discussion with Agile practitioners from across campus facilitated by Tara Hillis from IST’s Project Management Office. As an attendee you will gain insight into Agile practices and learn about estimation, Agile teams, retrospectives and more.

Our guest panelists include:

Alexander Kelley --I work with the student association on campus as Marketing Manger. My background is in design and marketing & I am an avid reader and love business and marketing books. Hacking Marketing caught my eye and I thought it was about improving campaigns effectiveness; turns out it was about borrowing ideas from the Agile software world and applying to Marketing departments. I was recently promoted to Marketing Manager and pitched the idea to my director—it looked like it would solve all of our issues that we’ve been having connecting with students so we are currently giving it our best shot. (Note: Alexander’s participation will be pre-recorded.)

Yasemin Ozderya is a Project Coordinator within Campus Housing. She serves as a Scrum Master to two of the six Scrum Teams within the department. Although new to her role and “being Agile”, she is taking an active role in supporting and educating Campus Housing on Agile values with their adoption of Agile/Scrum. She’s learned to successfully position herself as a point of clarity, direction, and energy within a project; connecting and improving communication between the 'work' with the 'people'.

Joe Kwan has over 20 years of experience in the web and software development industry, and is currently the Manager, Web Development in Information Systems and Technology (IST) where he oversees development of both the WCMS and Portal. Joe has been with the university for six years, and prior to his role in IST, was the Manager, User Experience and Information Architecture in University Relations. Joe has also participated in various Scrum team roles throughout his career ranging from developer to product owner.

Diana Timmermans started at the University of Waterloo in 2016 and is currently in the School of Computer Science managing the School’s renovation projects. She is also the Project Manager on Computer Science Computing Facility’s (CSCF) project to build a new storage system that will store all CS’s data.  Diana achieved her PMP in 2018 and is now working towards her MBA.  Throughout her career, she has overseen many projects and is active in the Project Management Institute (PMI) community in the professional development, education and certification areas. Prior to UW, she was a Program Manager at Western University. Diana loves bringing  individuals together and watching projects reach completion successfully. Outside of her work life she plays volleyball, hiking, running (anything outdoors) and spending time with her family. 

Register for this event: https://uwaterloo.webex.com/uwaterloo/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee9fbcf459d7e1d51ed7ea5f68c8f35b6 

Registration is only open for @uwaterloo.ca email addresses; teleconference is not enabled for this event.