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Monday, April 1
 

8:00am

8:30am

Leading a Data-Driven Organization – A Practical Guide to Transforming Yourself and Your Organization to Win the Data Science Revolution
 This is a workshop designed after the book of the same name. It is onsite, in-person learning designed for all levels of leaders within an organization. Filled with stories and real-world examples, the workshop will walk through the concepts of data science with an eye for what leaders need to know. From “What Data Science Does” to “Organizational Challenges,” the workshop makes sure you “Know if the Answers are Right.” With sections titled, “How Data Science is Done” and “Time is Not Your Friend” you get straight talk about business challenges and opportunities. Whether you are faced with your first data science project or you are just thinking about how to use the latest data science tools for your company’s benefit, this workshop is for you.
The author, Gordon Summers, is a data science consultant who has helped companies from large Fortune 500 corporations to small not-for-profit companies. He also teaches data science and has helped many leaders understand and implement data science within their organizations. In this book, the author’s casual style helps demystify an emerging technology with no difficult formulas to memorize.

Speakers
avatar for Gordon Summers

Gordon Summers

Senior Data Strategist, Contemporary Analysis
Gordon is the Senior Data Strategist at Contemporary Analysis (CAN), a modern data science consulting firm in Omaha, NE, and author of: Leading a Data Science Organization. He has led hundreds of projects including data science strategy, machine learning, data lake and data engineering... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 8:30am - 12:30pm
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

8:30am

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) Training-Day 1 of 2 Day Course
This two-day Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO) course offers a deeper understanding of how Scrum works, focusing extensively on the skills and practices you need to succeed as a Scrum Product Owner.
Agile For All’s unique brain-friendly training will help you advance in your role as a Product Owner for any Scrum team. Learn by doing. Hone skills around prioritization, themes, vision, roadmaps, backlog grooming as well as creating effective stories.
Those who successfully complete this course will become a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Product Owner®.
This workshop includes: 
  • Bound copy of the course materials
  • Access to free Scrum and Agile resources
Upon completion you will:
  • Describe the Scrum framework to others
  • Describe Scrum roles and responsibilities
  • Use each artifact effectively
  • Explain the differences between Scrum and other frameworks/processes
  • Accurately compare Scrum Product Owner® role to traditional project roles
  • Effectively use and maintain a product backlog
  • Plan for a product portfolio
  • Demonstrate the use of at least two different estimating techniques
  • Plan for a product release
  • Plan for a sprint
This workshop will run from April 1st through April 2nd.
CSPO early course registration: $995 
CSPO regular pricing: $1,195 

Speakers
avatar for Peter Green

Peter Green

Certified Scrum Trainer, Agile For All
Peter Green led a grass roots Agile transformation at Adobe from 2005 to 2015, starting with his own team, Adobe Audition. His influence includes the teams behind such software flagships as Photoshop, Acrobat, After Effects, Flash, Dreamweaver and Premiere Pro, as well as dozens of... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

8:30am

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Training-Day 1 of 2 Day Course
Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
This training provides all of the core concepts taught by top-rated trainers and expert coaches from Agile For All. Beyond learning the Scrum framework the trainers will, inspire, challenge and motivate you. We guarantee our CSM workshop will be a one-of-a-kind experience, instilling confidence to engage successful Agile practices right away.
During the workshop you will:
  • Learn the underlying Agile principles, practices, techniques to succeed as a ScrumMaster.
  • Gain insights on how to facilitate, coach, resolve conflict and lead a team.
  • Benefit from real world industry experiences so the course material remains relevant to your needs. 
This workshop includes: 
  • Bound copy of the course materials
  • CSM Exam Prep Review booklet
  • Access to free Scrum and Agile resources
Upon completion you will: 
  • After completing this course you will become a Certified ScrumMaster® by passing a short exam on the Scrum Alliance website.
Who this workshop is designed forIf you work in an organization that creates any sort of product, then you are an ideal CSM candidate.  While the course is primarily designed for people filling the role of ScumMaster, anyone who wants to help their organization be more successful is encouraged to attend. 
If you are already on a Scrum team you will learn how to become a change agent to help your team achieve a higher level of success.
  • Architects
  • Business Analysts
  • DBAs
  • Developers
  • Directors
  • Documentation Specialists
  • Executives
  • Managers
  • Marketing People
  • Product Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Testers
  • Team Members
  • Sales People
  • Operations and Support
  • Technical Writers
  • Trainers
This workshop will run from April 1st through April 2nd.

CSM early course registration: $995 
CSM regular pricing: $1,195 

Speakers
avatar for Bob Hartman

Bob Hartman

Certified Scrum Trainer, Agile For All
Bob Hartman, known to his clients as “Agile Bob” is a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) based in Aurora, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. He trains and coaches for companies throughout the United States as well as internationally. He blogs... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.
 
Tuesday, April 2
 

7:30am

8:30am

Welcome & Opening Keynote
Tuesday April 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

8:30am

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) Training-Day 2 of 2 Day Course
This two-day Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO) course offers a deeper understanding of how Scrum works, focusing extensively on the skills and practices you need to succeed as a Scrum Product Owner.
Agile For All’s unique brain-friendly training will help you advance in your role as a Product Owner for any Scrum team. Learn by doing. Hone skills around prioritization, themes, vision, roadmaps, backlog grooming as well as creating effective stories.
Those who successfully complete this course will become a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Product Owner®.
This workshop includes: 
  • Bound copy of the course materials
  • Access to free Scrum and Agile resources
Upon completion you will:
  • Describe the Scrum framework to others
  • Describe Scrum roles and responsibilities
  • Use each artifact effectively
  • Explain the differences between Scrum and other frameworks/processes
  • Accurately compare Scrum Product Owner® role to traditional project roles
  • Effectively use and maintain a product backlog
  • Plan for a product portfolio
  • Demonstrate the use of at least two different estimating techniques
  • Plan for a product release
  • Plan for a sprint

This workshop will run from April 1st through April 2nd. 
CSPO early course registration: $995
CSPO regular pricing: $1,195

Speakers
avatar for Peter Green

Peter Green

Certified Scrum Trainer, Agile For All
Peter Green led a grass roots Agile transformation at Adobe from 2005 to 2015, starting with his own team, Adobe Audition. His influence includes the teams behind such software flagships as Photoshop, Acrobat, After Effects, Flash, Dreamweaver and Premiere Pro, as well as dozens of... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

8:30am

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Training-Day 2 of 2 Day Course
Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
This training provides all of the core concepts taught by top-rated trainers and expert coaches from Agile For All. Beyond learning the Scrum framework the trainers will, inspire, challenge and motivate you. We guarantee our CSM workshop will be a one-of-a-kind experience, instilling confidence to engage successful Agile practices right away.
During the workshop you will:
  • Learn the underlying Agile principles, practices, techniques to succeed as a ScrumMaster.
  • Gain insights on how to facilitate, coach, resolve conflict and lead a team.
  • Benefit from real world industry experiences so the course material remains relevant to your needs. 
This workshop includes: 
  • Bound copy of the course materials
  • CSM Exam Prep Review booklet
  • Access to free Scrum and Agile resources
Upon completion you will: 
  • After completing this course you will become a Certified ScrumMaster® by passing a short exam on the Scrum Alliance website.
Who this workshop is designed forIf you work in an organization that creates any sort of product, then you are an ideal CSM candidate.  While the course is primarily designed for people filling the role of ScumMaster, anyone who wants to help their organization be more successful is encouraged to attend. 
If you are already on a Scrum team you will learn how to become a change agent to help your team achieve a higher level of success.
  • Architects
  • Business Analysts
  • DBAs
  • Developers
  • Directors
  • Documentation Specialists
  • Executives
  • Managers
  • Marketing People
  • Product Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Testers
  • Team Members
  • Sales People
  • Operations and Support
  • Technical Writers
  • Trainers
This workshop will run from April 1st through April 2nd.

CSM early course registration: $995 
CSM regular pricing: $1,195 


Speakers
avatar for Bob Hartman

Bob Hartman

Certified Scrum Trainer, Agile For All
Bob Hartman, known to his clients as “Agile Bob” is a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) based in Aurora, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. He trains and coaches for companies throughout the United States as well as internationally. He blogs... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

9:45am

Building a Cloud Security & Operating Model
Securely operating in the cloud through a business-accepted operating model is easier than you think. Cut through the chaos, standardize requirements, and leverage relationships to streamline security & the cloud.

In a cloud-first era, enterprises are continually enhancing technology to keep up with customer demands. With new, faster and more functional technology comes expanded information security & risk management complexities. In order to bring order to chaos, it’s critical to understand how to secure a multi-cloud model, build a repeatable operation model & leverage efficiencies. Learn how to fine tune your security initiatives to effectively cover your most important assets. Put your existing security processes & solutions to work protecting your data from multi-cloud environments and digital initiatives to container and application development platforms.

Organizations have also realized they need to realign their IT skillsets to take advantage of the cloud & automation shift. Learn first-hand how enterprises are taking an active role to adjust their security services to meet regulatory, customer and business demands, as well as leveraging calculated risk to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the security program.
Learning objectives:
· Understand the gaps between public cloud base packages and what’s required to maintain the same level of security and granularity as on premise infrastructure
· Implement, maintain or enhance your cloud security operating model
· Describe common business drivers & expectations of cloud services.
· Better understand how to tune existing initiatives, plug gaps, and improve security program efficacy



Speakers
avatar for Robert LaMagna-Reiter

Robert LaMagna-Reiter

Chief Information Security Officer, First National Technology Solutions
Robert LaMagna-Reiter is a leading, trusted cybersecurity expert with knowledge of the latest cyber threats and strategies to mitigate risks. Robert implements information security strategies and roadmaps for FNTS & its clients through risk management; strategy and mitigation tactics... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

9:45am

Ideation, Problem Solving and Continuous Improvement
'The Modern Data and Analytics Platform' -- that mythical creature that eats raw data and spits out gold. Everyone wants one, and everywhere you look, companies are making significant investments in time and money to try and get their hands on one.

Yet even with their buzzword status, the reality is that most BI, Data Analytics, and Data Science initiatives are still considered failures by the organizations that sponsor them. Why is this? The requirement for significant organizational change, rare and in-demand technical skillsets, and a shockingly complex and rapidly shifting technical landscape are certainly contributing factors, but what can we DO about it?

You've seen this scenario before: a lack of business and technical alignment causes a cascade of expensive technical pivots, missed deadlines, stressed developers, development backtracking, and further breakdowns in communication. Add to this the intangible nature of data and the magnitude of business expense for data initiatives, and this cycle can quickly spiral out of control.

Is there a better strategy for data strategy? I believe there is. In this talk, I draw on experience gained and lessons learned while designing and implementing a wide variety of data platforms to present a philosophy and actionable strategies that business leaders and technologists can use to make their next data initiative an extraordinary success.


Speakers
avatar for David Giuliani

David Giuliani

Innovation Center Manager, Kiewit
 At Kiewit, one of the largest construction subcontractors in North America, innovation happens every day, out on job sites and in offices throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.   As the manager of Kiewit’s Innovation Center, I help gather and document innovative ideas and find... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

9:45am

Machine Learning, AI, Predictive Machine, Where We're at and Where We're Going
Will explore the disruption that is coming across industries due to the rapid advances that are being made in machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, and predictive machines.  This is based on my 40 years experience in computing and process automation while working with these systems, and extensive reading and study of the area.

In addition to touching on the need for more folks in the discipline and how to prepare yourself for the a more active role in the area I will discuss some of the areas and indistries that are about to be disrupted by the technology and how to prepare both yourself and your company..

More information on my background and a link to last years presentation can be found at:
https://whatsaythedata.com/


Speakers
avatar for Paul Prusa

Paul Prusa

Sr. Engineer, Nebraska Medicine
I have been actively involved for over 40 years' now working with data, business processes automation, software and business change. My experience includes installing many of the first imaging/workflow system in the Midwest before joining Zurich where we designed and implemented... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

9:45am

Practical Cloud Based AI
We will discuss a business oriented approach for on-boarding and kick starting cloud based AI projects. Intended for a business or technical leader and manager, this session will give you a high level overview of the cloud based AI tools and technologies. How to put together a team, identify use cases, build an enterprise wide business case and sponsorship will be discussed. We will survey the 2-3 main cloud based AI providers (Azure, AWS, GCP etc.), the tools and APIs available, and discuss the buy vs build scenario for AI implementations.
This session is NOT intended to teach the foundational and mathematical concepts of ML and AI. No programming or model building will be discussed.



Speakers
SG

Sudhir Gajre

General Manager, DB Best Technologies


Tuesday April 2, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

10:30am

11:00am

Dealing with Difficult People
Learning about indicated trends, preparing for the future will be critical for businesses and organizations. This session will consider what resources are available for mitigating these threats and how to prepare for them.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Richards

Linda Richards

Partner, PRISM Advisors
Linda Richards is currently the chair of the board for the technology start-up, SPARQ Data Solutions.  Linda has a knack for brainstorming and generating new ideas for marketing, fund raising, educating, and development. She has served in numerous local and statewide board level... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

11:00am

Designing Scalable Oracle Database Solutions in AWS
EC2 or RDS? RAC or Single Instance? What Instance Size and what Storage Tier? Deploying an Oracle Database on AWS can lead to a confusing quagmire of questions for the DBA new to Amazon Web Services public cloud.

During this presentation, we will discuss the specific architectural limitations and opportunities unique to running an Oracle Database in AWS, with a particular focus on architectural choices that will impact scalability, maintainability, high availability, and performance. We will share our experiences working with clients to migrate their Oracle workloads to the cloud. Examples of successful use case architectures in the AWS public cloud will be explored ranging from the smallest low-cost RDS workloads to the largest RAC on EC2 installations.

You’ll leave with a better understanding of the decisions a DBA has to make when architecting an Oracle Database workloads in the AWS cloiud and a list of questions you should be asking when considering moving your Oracle applications and databases to the AWS cloud. and a checklist of frequent "gotchas" to avoid.


Speakers
NW

Nick Walter

Principal Architect, University of Nebraska, Office of Information Technology Services


Tuesday April 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

11:00am

How to Innovate - Using White Space Analysis to Spark Disruption in an Industry
Spending resources to obtain patent protection on innovation is not necessarily the right business decision for every company. In fact, for some companies, patenting can initially be a business detriment and/or an inefficient use of capital. Yet, this is not to say the patent universe is not one of (if not the) greatest learning tool on the planet for sparking white space innovation and driving disruption in an industry.

To demonstrate the disruption white space analysis can have on an industry, this presentation recounts a situation where the presenter used white space analysis to develop a technology centered around a unique solution to a real world problem, secured around 20 patents, and ultimately sold the technology to Garmin Industries. Learnings captured from an in-depth review of the state of the art and the identification of a white space gap led to the identification and refinement of technology primed for a less sophisticated industry. This presentation explores the development of the technology to fill the white space gap, and how that technology became valuable to one of the largest technology companies in the world.


Speakers
avatar for Ryan Grace

Ryan Grace

Owner / Partner, Advent, LLP
Ryan Grace is an Owner of Advent, a law firm devoted to intellectual property, innovation and technology.  He sits on the innovation teams for some of the largest companies in the word and provides business analytics around innovating in tangential markets and whitespace.  Ryan... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

11:45am

NETWORKING LUNCH: Lunch Keynote: Dr. Garrett Reisman
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Garrett Reisman

Dr. Garrett Reisman

Dr. Reisman was selected by NASA as a mission specialist Astronaut in 1998. His first mission was aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, in 2008, which dropped him off for a 95 day mission aboard the International Space Station after which he returned to Earth aboard the Space Shuttle... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

1:15pm

Considering Purpose, People, and Process when Managing Change
Organizational effectiveness is the concept of how successful an organization is in achieving the outcomes the organization intends to produce. Although it concerns several key areas including, but not limited to, talent management, leadership development, and organizational design and structure it emphasizes employing efficient processes, tools, and technologies to feasibly enhance current business operations and bolster sustainability. With the nonprofit sector being the third largest industry in the United States and Nebraska, ThriVinci organized to provide affordable organizational development services to agencies who may be in need of strategic solutions to advance their valuable missions. Matching organizations to skills-based volunteers and managing these resources through a lean agile framework to implement projects that strengthen community organizations not only facilitates a meaningful contribution to community development but skilled professionals also receive an enriching developmental experience.


Using a collective impact approach rooted in a lean framework, ThriVinci has recruited and trained over 20 volunteer consultants and board members, who have donated over 1,000 hours worth over $65,000 of business services to 18 nonprofit organizations across the country in just two years. By applying lean and agile principles to talent management processes, leaders can limit the resources required to motivate performance and accelerate change. Although there will be case study examples from ThriVinci projects, this presentation is rooted in qualitative research and best practices for creating a north star, crafting and managing people-centric processes, and establishing a flexible team accepting of change.


Speakers
VG

Victoria Graeve-Cunningham

Executive Director and Organizational Consultant, ThriVinci


Tuesday April 2, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

1:15pm

Cybersecurity Trends and How to Prepare for Them
Cybersecurity trends are multifaceted. From a skills gap perspective, there are currently 313,735 vacancies in the United States in both the public and private sectors. Some sources indicate a shortage of 2.5 million cybersecurity employees globally. From a consumer perspective, IoT (Internet of Things) devices will be the greatest concern in the future. Manufacturers want to make money and sell products. Often, security is not taken into consideration as the product is being designed, leaving software and hardware vulnerable to attack. Google is working on a new protocol for IoT. More daunting is the critical infrastructure for the Nation. Attackers have tried to compromise utility providers to gain access to our power grid and other utilities. Compromise of public utilities could be catastrophic if it leads to a major outage.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Sparks

Gary Sparks

Program Director and Faculty, Metropolitan Community College
Gary Sparks is Program Director of the Metropolitan Community College Cybersecurity Center and, a full-time faculty member. With a total of 36 years experience in law enforcement, security, network operations and data center management with the United States Air Force. He is an adjunct... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

2:15pm

How to Hire a Data Scientist: A guide for those tasked with finding the hardest to find people on the planet
Understand parallel skill sets that potential employees might have that aren't exactly what you have in the job description, and

Understand the cultural makeup of a data science team, how that may vary from your current culture, and how to combat this to attract the talent you want and need.



Speakers
avatar for Nate Watson

Nate Watson

President, Contemporary Analysis
Nate is the president of Contemporary Analysis. Now in its 9th year, CAN is finding a new niche--data science as a service (data science staff augmentation). Our dream is to create the largest data science community east of Silicon Valley and to connect them through a vast data science... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

3:15pm

Bringing Ingenuity Back to Engineering
Developers, do you have innovative ideas that go unheard? Product Owners, does it feel like the solutions you deliver lack ingenuity? We have agile stories, empowered teams, and the latest in technology and yet we all know we could be doing better, we just don’t know how to unleash the fury. A surefire approach you are afraid to try is ShipIt Days.

ShipIt Days are an approach and a mindset to allow your team the opportunity to capitalize on innovation and their natural desire to do good things. Inspired by Google’s 20% time, 3M’s 15% time, and Atlassian’s ShipIt Days, we have been putting a new spin on this “free time” concept for years to deliver innovative, motivated and sustainable results.

In this crash course, we will cover the What, How and Why of ShipIt Days. Our goal is to arm you with the tools and enthusiasm to fight for these activities on your teams. From communicating the idea to practical applications we offer you our real world experiences and the approaches we have successfully used on our projects.

If you’re a developer, project manager or product owner this talk is for you.


Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Tuck

Nicholas Tuck

Software Gardener, Proxibid
Nicholas Tuck is an all purpose software gardener with a broad range of experience from startups, to enterprise level web services. He's worked in many industries including Air Force Weather, Locomotives, Property Management, Health, and most recently Online Live Auctions. Nick's... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Andersen

Kathy Andersen

Scrum Master, Hudl
Kathy serves as a Scrum Master at Hudl. There, she has the honor of working with talented teams and individuals supporting the "business" side of the Hudl's efforts to market, sell, support, and report on the company's products and services.Kathy took an uncommon route to the software... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

3:15pm

Machine Learning: The Black Box Revealed
After a Tech degree and a Masters in Econ, when first presented with the challenge to run a Machine Learning team, I was stopped in my tracks. I was on board with statistical models and predictive analytics, but how could machines learn? What was the “black box” between data inputs and outputs that, especially today, is causing so much sensation, anxiety and optimism? This is no longer a mystery for us and hopefully, what we learned in many months, I can shorten for you in a single presentation. In this session we will discuss the key ingredients for a successful Machine Learning start:
• What do we mean when we say “Machine Learning”?
• What you need to get ML going in your organization and the executive support for such initiative?
• How do you obtain the right talent or, if you are the talent, how do you transition in a Machine Learning role?
• When all is said and done, how do you deploy your Machine Learning efforts?
There is a real human and financial impact behind all the hype of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. If we position ourselves and our society accordingly, the age of AI will make a bigger positive impact than any other economic revolution in the past. Let’s help you begin this journey.


Speakers
MB

Marina Brown

Manager, Product Development, Werner Enterprises


Tuesday April 2, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

4:00pm

5:00pm

Grand Prize Giveaway
Tuesday April 2, 2019 5:00pm - 5:15pm
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

5:00pm

Networking Reception
Tuesday April 2, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.