SPIN Events

Improving Product team process

This workshop focus will be to examine the effectiveness of current internal processes with product teams; we will explore gaps, create goals, strategies, and ideate plans for improvement by building shared collaboration and understanding.
 
Do you feel like your product teams have good communication or are in silos?
Do you feel like launching new features or products is an efficient process?
Does your company have an aligned product vision?
Do you feel like there is shared alignment on priorities of what comes next in the development cycle?
Date and Time
Monday, 11/14/2022
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Announcements Followed by the Workshop
 
Location
Continuus Technologies
301 N Broadway Suite 204, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Enter on Buffalo Street just west of Broadway Click here for map.
 
Cost
FREE - Thanks to our Host - Continuus Technologies
Speaker Bio:
Kristine Howell and Elise Georgeson of Lyssna Method
 
Kristine builds long-lasting, ongoing client relationships. She aims to approach projects as a strategic partner while building and cultivating a highly collaborative, goal-oriented, and measurable outcome. She has worked on projects including Aetna, Verizon, Milwaukee Bucks, Harley Davidson, and Disney with hundreds of hours in qualitative and quantitative research.
 
Certifications: NN/g (Nielsen Norman Group) exam-based UX Strategy Masters Certification.
 
 
Elise brings 15+ Years of award-winning digital experiences with an emphasis on product and experiential working with such clients as SAP, MTV, Adobe, NFL, and BlueCross. Her approach to creating amazing user experiences is through listening, using data, and user feedback to inform the best possible outcome that aligns with every business.
 
Certifications: NN/g (Nielsen Norman Group)
Other: Adjunct professor at UW-Parkside
Registration is currently closed.
 

Agile-ish

When people talk about agile at their organizations, they often say they are "agile-ish".

What does "ish" mean? "Ish" typically comprises the things that are holding us back from realizing organizational agility.

Join us for a discussion on how to move from agile-ish to agile.

We will cover the three stages of agile maturity and how to take it to the next level in each of them.

Date and Time
Thursday, 10/20/2022
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Milwaukee Tool, 13135 W Lisbon Rd, Brookfield, WI 53005 Click here for map.

Meeting will be held in the new office building in Brookfield.
 
Cost
FREE - Thanks to our sponsors!
Speaker Bio:
Chad Beier
Chad is an organizational agility advisor, external change agent, and Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org. He promotes organizational agility and positive pressure for change through speaking, advising, coaching, and training.
 
As a trusted advisor, he works with all levels of the organization to optimize your business to respond to change. Developer, project manager, product owner, business owner - Chad has a diverse background that helps him connect with people throughout the entire organization.
 
In addition to speaking at conferences across the United States, Chad is active in the Wisconsin agile community - organizing meetups in multiple regions (Mad City Agility and Central Wisconsin Agile) and founder of the Mad City Agility Conference.
 
Jeff Bubolz
Jeff is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org, organizational agility advisor, and speaker. He has been a Product Owner, Scrum Master and Development Team member and has worked with companies ranging from enterprise to small start-ups.
 
While working with many teams across many companies Jeff has found that most problems are not technology problems, but are organizational structure, process, and people problems. Jeff brings storytelling, a broad array of experience, along with a collaborative approach to teaching and speaking. 
 
Jeff is the co-host of The Agile Wire podcast where he speaks with industry leaders around the world. He also speaks at conferences across the United States. Jeff is active in the Wisconsin agile community - organizing meetups in multiple regions (Mad City Agility and Central Wisconsin Agile) and founder of the Mad City Agility Conference. 
 
 
Thanks to Wisconsin Agility: https://www.wisconsinagility.com/
 

First annual golf social

Join the Milwaukee Software Process Improvement Network (MKE-SPIN) as we host our first annual social golf outing.
 
Network with Peers and the MKE-SPIN board members while playing 9 holes and enjoying an open bar. Tee times start at 2:45.
 
The cost is $25 and will include golf, cart. We encourage you to invite a coworker or two to join the fun.
Date and Time
Tuesday, 09/27/2022
2:30 pm Register and get cart assignments 2:45 pm - Golf with happy hour to follow
 
Location
New Berlin Hills Golf Course 13175 W Graham St, New Berlin, WI 53151 Click here for map.
 
Cost
$25.00 for golf and cart
 

What keeps CEOs up at night?

Join our panel of UX experts to share the top 5 challenges businesses face today and UX trade secrets to stay above the competition, experience sustainable growth and build predictability in customer loyalty. 
Date and Time
Thursday, 05/19/2022
5:30 PM Free Food and Networking (2 drink tickets provided) 6:15 PM Announcements and board elections 6:30 PM Panel Discussion with Q&A
 
Location
The Hot House Tavern
Second Floor Library
N88W16631 Appleton Ave, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051.
Click here for map.
 
Cost
FREE - Thanks to our sponsors!
Speaker Bio:
Moderators - Kristine Howell and Elise Georgeson bring a combined 30 years of experience in product leadership and design from startups to Fortune 500 companies. In 2021 they co-founded Lyssna Method, a UX consultancy that specializes in creating strategies for passionate product and entrepreneur leaders to increase customer loyalty and revenue growth by measured, actionable insights.
Registration is currently closed.
 

Protecting Wisconsin from the Cyber Threat

Wisconsin’s private and public businesses and organizations are under constant threat from ransomware and other cyber intrusions.  This session describes those threats and identifies some possible mitigations for them.  The importance of fostering robust public-private partnerships to combat these threats is highlighted.
Date and Time
Thursday, 04/21/2022
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Networking - Food & Refreshments 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation
 
Location
Westallion Brewing Co.
https://www.westallionbrewing.com/
1825 S 72nd St, West Allis, WI 53214 Click here for map.
 
Cost
FREE - Thanks to our sponsors!
Speaker Bio:

Byron Franz is a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and has worked national security matters for 25 years.  He currently serves on FBI Milwaukee’s Cyber Squad, where one of his responsibilities is to raise awareness of cyber and insider threats to business, academia, and state/local governments.  He is FBI-certified to conduct cyber investigations and rated as proficient to work counterintelligence investigations by the U.S. Intelligence Community.  He holds a B.A. in Russian and a law degree, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Revealing the hidden influences of IT leadership

“How can I make work more enjoyable and influence others around me so that we can accomplish something meaningful?”
 
For most people, work sucks. And the data proves it: according to Gallup and Deloitte, only 15% of employees worldwide feel engaged in their jobs. Dubbed the Great Resignation, more than 19 million people have left their job since April 2021. Whether you’re in the 85% group of people who are either bored or miserable or if you’re one of the few lucky “weirdos” who enjoy coming to work on Mondays, there is an obvious need for all of us to explore what it takes to be both successful AND satisfied in the workplace. 
 
Join us on Tuesday, March 29th as we share ideas on how we can engage an Agile Mindset to navigate tough situations and difficult coworkers so we can turn those rare “best” days at work into everyday work life.
 
BONUS for the first 50 people to register: Receive a complimentary leadership assessment that is customized to show you an agile approach to interactions in the workplace that will empower you to meet the demands of any situation. It only takes about 15 minutes to complete, and it includes an optional 30-minute debrief of your results so you can start having more fun at work by creating better outcomes immediately*! APPROXIMATE VALUE: $200
 
* Bring a colleague or friend so you can share your results and identify ways you can support one another in amplifying each other’s strengths while also encouraging one another to stretch into growth opportunities.
Date and Time
Tuesday, 03/29/2022
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Networking with food and refreshments 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation
 
Location
Westallion Brewing Co.
https://www.westallionbrewing.com/
1825 S 72nd St, West Allis, WI 53214 Click here for map.
 
Cost
FREE - Thanks to our sponsors!
Speaker Bio:

Jonny Richard is an ICF-certified executive coach who believes work should be both satisfying and meaningful. For him, meaningful work includes cold brew coffee and engaging conversations that help his clients discover who they really are while also challenging them to stretch beyond their default mindsets to get better outcomes. Jonny especially enjoys partnering with professionals who want to increase their influence in the workplace without feeling like they have to know all of the answers. When he’s not working on his business, Cause & Effect, you’ll most likely find him watching the Badgers, Bucks, and Packers with his beautiful wife, Michelle, their 11-year-old son, Axel, and their Golden Retriever, Lucky Lou.

 

Culture Follows Structure: Align Your Organization and Business Strategy

Are org charts necessary evils or the secret sauce for your organization? The patterns of behavior and practices that emerge within our organizations have a direct correlation to the environment surrounding our people.
 
Changing hearts and minds is a futile proposition. The result - without modifying structure - will be a change in vocabulary only.
 
To move closer to our aspirational culture it is critical to focus on the structures surrounding our people. Behaviors (culture) will change as a result of changes made to departments, teams, incentives, processes, policies, frameworks, etc.
 
Organizational structure changes are the catalyst to change a culture.
Date and Time
Thursday, 02/17/2022
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Networking with Free Food and two drink tickets 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM MKE-SPIN announcements follow by the Discussion
 
Location
Westallion Brewing Co.
https://www.westallionbrewing.com/
1825 S 72nd St, West Allis, WI 53214 Click here for map.
 
Cost
FREE - Thanks to our sponsors!
Speaker Bio:
Jeff Bubolz is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org, organizational agility advisor and speaker. He has been a Product Owner, Scrum Master and Development Team member and has worked with companies ranging from enterprise to small start-ups.
 
While working with many teams across many companies Jeff has found that most problems are not technology problems, but are organizational structure, process, and people problems. Jeff brings storytelling, a broad array of experience, along with a collaborative approach to teaching and speaking.
 
Jeff is the co-host of The Agile Wire podcast where he speaks with industry leaders around the world. He also speaks at conferences across the United States. Jeff is active in the Wisconsin agile community - organizing meetups in multiple regions (Mad City Agility and Central Wisconsin Agile) and founder of the Mad City Agility Conference. 
 
Chad Beier is an organizational agility advisor and external change agent with WhiteboardConsulting.org and Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org. He promotes organizational agility and positive pressure for change through speaking, advising, coaching, and training.
 
His first experience with "agile", Scrum specifically, was in 2005 on a global transformation team responsible for software customizations driven by a global consolidation of accounting software. He ran into typical implementation challenges and organizational impediments.
 
Around 2012, his passion for lean, agile, and continuous improvement grew. He left his traditional business analyst and project manager roles behind and evolved into an internal change agent kickstarting an agile transformation. Now in an advising role as an external change agent across many organizations, he promotes organizational agility and positive pressure for change.
 
In addition to speaking at conferences across the United States, Chad is active in the Wisconsin agile community - organizing meetups in multiple regions (Mad City Agility and Central Wisconsin Agile) and founder of the Mad City Agility Conference.
 

You are invited to a holiday networking happy hour!

Celebrate the Christmas and Holiday season with us!

Eat, drink and connect with the MKE-SPIN community at The Hot House Tavern on Tuesday December 7th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

Space is limited and only those registered will be provided with drink tickets. Appetizers are included.

Invite a coworker or business associates.

Hope to see you there!

Date and Time
Tuesday, 12/07/2021
Tuesday December 7th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
 
Location
The Hot House Tavern N88W16631 Appleton Ave, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Click here for map.
 
Cost
FREE - Thanks to our sponsors!
 

Agile Transformation Pain Points (and how to avoid or manage them), Part 2

In the sequel to the original 20 Agile Transformation Pain Points, this presentation takes you on a deeper dive into more advanced topics related to agile transformations. If you're in the midst of a transition to agile, and you're experiencing the pain that many organizations do, then this is the presentation for you!
Date and Time
Wednesday, 11/10/2021
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Concurrency Inc 13600 Bishops Ct, Brookfield, WI 53005 Click here for map.
 
Cost
FREE - Thanks to our sponsors!
Speaker Bio:
Ms. Wilterdink is a Project Manager (consultant) for Valorem Reply. She has over 20 years of IT experience. Rachael holds multiple business analysis and agile certifications and is very passionate about agile practies.
 
As a consultant, Rachael has served clients in a variety of industries including financial, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, government, and insurance.
 
Ms. Wilterdink gives back to the educational community and served as first chair on the advisory committee for the Business Analysis program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Rachael is also chairperson of the advisory committee for the Web & Software Development Program at Lakeshore Technical College.
 
Very active in the professional community, Ms. Wilterdink serves as the VP of Education & Certification for the Southeast Wisconsin IIBA Chapter and as the VP of Membership & Volunteering for the Northeast Wisconsin PMI Chapter.
 
Rachael has been speaking and sharing her knowledge and passion for many years at conferences and user groups including: IIBA global, WIBADD, Northeast Wisconsin Agile, SEW and NEW IIBA Chapters, BAWorld Chicago, Madison PMI, Wisconsin PMI-PDD, Milwaukee SPIN, Fox Valley Business Intelligence meet-up, Southeast Business Analysis Day, South Florida IIBA Chapter, and others.
 

Risk-Based Testing: Better Focus, Better Products

On your development projects, is testing all too often conducted under severe pressure due to limited resources and a challenging time schedule? Risk-Based Testing (RBT) helps to optimize the allocation of resources and provides decision support for effective project management. 
RBT applies the proven principles of risk management to create a hierarchical testing strategy. RBT supports a better understanding on what risks are going to have the greatest consequence on a project and what risks are most likely to happen, then creating a test plan around both. In short, RBT provides your team with clarity and focus to drive an effective and efficient testing program, leading to a better product.
This presentation will consider questions like: Where do we test to get the most bang for our buck? What do we test first? How do we decide what not to test?
 
Learning Objectives:
Define risk-based testing
Explain why risk-based testing is needed.
Identify a checklist of drivers of quality risk that informs testing strategy 
Compare five techniques for analyzing quality risks
Identify a nine-step approach to do risk-based testing.
Date and Time
Wednesday, 10/20/2021
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Scott's Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Concurrency Inc 13600 Bishops Ct, Brookfield, WI 53005 Click here for map.
 
Cost
FREE - Thanks to Concurrency and our other sponsors!
Speaker Bio:
Scott Stribrny brings nearly 40-years of experience in software, systems, and management to his client engagements and his Loyola Executive Education courses. An internationally acknowledged authority in project management, information systems/technology, systems engineering, and lean development and management, Scott is interested in the intersections of business, technology, and organizational risks.  
 
Beginning a corporate career with a start-up firm that went from zero to 100 million dollars in just five years, Scott moved on to a Fortune 50 conglomerate where he worked with industry leading engineers, scientists, and the executive suite. Scott ascended to management and was responsible for the development of groundbreaking products and services where he applied best practices in project management. His accumulated management experience ranges across many industries, including aerospace, telecommunications, finance, insurance, retail, information services, and manufacturing.  
 
Scott is president, co-founder, and managing director of Group Atlantic, Inc.; a senior consultant in the business technologies strategies practice for IT research company the Cutter Consortium; and a thought leader at the IT Metrics and Productivity Institute. His courses on leadership development, high-performance teams, requirements definition, risk management, and project estimating are well known for their innovation and practical applicability.  

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Registration is currently closed.
 

Web Accessibility Today: Minimizing Risk by Design

How do organizations build a digital landscape inclusive of all users, so they don’t fall victim to escalating Accessibility litigation (up over 200% since 2018)? And how do organizations develop a robust accessibility testing strategy to achieve compliance to both Section 508 and WCAG standards?

In October of 2019, the Supreme Court set a legal precedent on web accessibility liability when it refused to hear Domino’s defense in a lawsuit brought forward by a blind man (Robles vs. Domino’s). When the federal government rolled WCAG 2.0 into Section 508 in 2017, many organizations (just like Domino's) assumed being compliant with Section 508 meant that they were also compliant for WCAG 2.0. Unfortunately, that was not the case.  There were a few differences between WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 even before WCAG 2.1 was added in 2018.

In this presentation, Robert Gormley will debunk accessibility and inclusive design myths and walk participants through how to establish the most comprehensive web accessibility testing strategy. He will cover the people, processes, and tools fundamental to delivering the most inclusive digital platform through quality assurance.

Date and Time
Thursday, 09/23/2021
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A Food and refreshments provided by Trissential Facilities offered by University of Wisconsin - Continuing Learning
 
Location
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee ​- School of Continuing Education

161 West Wisconsin Avenue, 7th Floor, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Click here for map.
 
Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors and UW Continuing Education and Trissential
Speaker Bio:

Robert Gormley has over 20 years experience in Quality Assurance and has worked his way up through the ranks in areas such as finance, healthcare, retail, security, wearables, and IoT. His focus is executive level total quality management strategy through efficient and effective testing leveraging test automation and global service capabilities. From his early days to present day, Robert’s focus has always been on creating lean, agile processes that allow organizations to produce quality software that meets customer needs. Robert has sharpened his skills on Agile testing the past 11+ years and is a Certified Scrum Master. Leveraging his Masters in Education, Robert has passionately trained and mentored all types of resources (regardless of title or function) in the ways of Total Quality.

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The What & Why of Continuous Discovery from Author Teresa Torres

Most product teams are starting to adopt discovery best practices (e.g. interviewing customers, usability testing, experimenting). However, many of us are still stuck in a project world. We do research to kick off a project, we usability test right before we hand off to engineers, and our primary means for experimenting is a/b testing. These methods are better than nothing, but the best product teams are shifting from a project mindset to a continuous mindset. In this talk, we'll explore the key differences between project-based discovery and continuous discovery and give your team a clear benchmark to aspire to.

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Date and Time
Thursday, 07/01/2021
5:30 PM - 5:45 PM Announcements and gathering time 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Zoom Online Meeting

Meeting Id: 878 1295 3321
 
Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Teresa Torres is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and coach. She teaches a structured and sustainable approach to continuous discovery that helps product teams infuse their daily product decisions with customer input. She’s coached hundreds of teams at companies of all sizes, from early-stage start-ups to global enterprises, in a variety of industries. She has taught over 7,000 product people discovery skills through the Product Talk Academy. She’s the author of the upcoming book Continuous Discovery Habits  and blogs at ProductTalk.org.