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    • 10 Mar 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EST)
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    MAKING SENSE OF THE MESSY MIDDLE: THE GAP BETWEEN BUSINESS GOALS AND DELIVERY TEAMS 

    In many product organizations there is a gap.  Below that gap, the work is well understood and known.  It’s been committed to delivery.  Without clarity here, things would devolve into chaos.  Agile delivery teams work well here and Agile practices guide the day to day ceremonies and activities. Above the gap, there’s strong pressure to identify the organizational goals, make promises, and meet commitments.  But, in between, in the messy middle things can get off track and go a little sideways.

    Why is this a problem and how do we cross the gap?  How do go from high-level business goals to an actionable delivery strategy that works?  How do we connect business outcomes to team outputs?

    Stuff at the team level will, by nature, be more prescriptive.  Do this.  Build that.  Deliver this.  Things at the business level will be too high level - presentations and spreadsheets - lacking necessary details for execution.  Somehow we have to connect these disparate worlds.

    The messy middle is the arena of product managers and owners.  This is where we uncover what might work, reduce risk, and invest in visible learning.  We remove the monster hiding in the riskiest assumptions.  We connect the intangible business outcomes to tangible product outputs. We ensure work given to the delivery team can be executed well.  

    In this talk, Chris will share his experiences navigating the messy middle.  He’ll explain how some simple practices can make huge differences and bring clarity to delivery teams.  He’ll share common pitfalls and how organizational culture plays a role in this space.  In the end, you’ll leave with things you can begin trying in your organization along with a better understanding of product discovery, prioritization, and dual-track agile.    


    CHRIS SHINKLE'S BIO

    Chris is a practitioner and maker. He is a thought leader and continually initiates new ideas and continuous improvement at SEP.  His experience comes from building products with many large clients in a variety of industries: aerospace, medical, healthcare, finance, etc.  He introduced and guided SEPʼs adoption of Agile in 2004 followed by Lean and Kanban in 2007.

    As SEPʼs Director of Innovation, Chris leverages many community ideas helping SEP engineers and clients delivery better products. Chris speaks at conferences across the United States promoting Agile, Lean/Kanban, Product Management, and Design Thinking. Chris was an inaugural members of Indiana's Techpoint Tech 25.  



    AGENDA

    • 6:00pm: Welcome
    • 6:15-7:15pm: Featured Speaker
    • 7:15 -7:30 pm: Questions & Wrap-up
    • 14 Apr 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual (Link will be sent)
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    Explore the intersection of Leadership, Management, and Innovation

    In the tradition of Lincoln and Douglas debates, the careful deliberation of the trade-offs that exist in approaching a collective endeavor lies squarely at the center of organizational leadership.

    Experiential learning while “thinking out loud” will occur as participants grapple with tough choices and unavoidable human factors that sway the outcomes and make all the difference in the world of innovation.

    Standing in inquiry, having fun with thought experiments, and bringing your “A” Game to the table will leave you with a reference point to jump off from in your future world of work.

    You will find yourself emerging from the stands, and getting on the court to score points for your team, both metaphorically and literally.

    Prepare to be surprised…and unprecedentedly powerful.

    A very wild ride awaits you…

    Jon's Bio

    Jon likes learning about everything: business, people, software development, languages, brain science, improv; pretty much whatever he runs into.

    Jon spent 17 years working in Japan, learning to be Lean, Agile, and to flow with work. He won’t toe-dip. He dives in head-first and goes deep. He returns to the surface with ideas which are uncommon, unconventional, and simple, but just might work when nothing else will. (Think: MacGyver without the mullet.) Jon has literally won a competitive Japanese game show (The Magic Lamp, 1997) paired with his wife’s grandfather.

    During his travels to Japan, Jon set up the Xbox and Apple Xserve call centers, and took call escalations in Japanese for many years. Making a difference in people’s lives by being of service to them, is his passion. Jon brings many people together to discover what’s possible, when facing a challenge. He emboldens emerging leadership everywhere in the enterprise.

    Coaching teams and leaders is a passion of Jon’s. He won’t fix or protect people, because they don’t need it. Instead he gets curious about them, and what they really care about. If they feel “stuck” he helps them find their way to break through. That’s Jon’s happy place; where people are being awesome and are acknowledged for their greatness.

    He sees the irony in life, sees his mistakes, and relishes learning from both. He appreciates the counter-intuitive bits of work, and rolls with it. He feels he’s at his best amidst uncertainty.

    Based in Mission Viejo, California, if given the opportunity to sail a boat, Jon will try even in gusty conditions. He has capsized more than once; no damage nor casualties. On weekends his wife and children don’t sail with him, and keep his phone dry.



    AGENDA

    • 6:00pm: Welcome
    • 6:15-7:15pm: Featured Speaker
    • 7:15 -7:30 pm: Questions & Wrap-up

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