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Chapter’s Kickoff Event and Wine/Hor'Dourves Reception!

Please join us for professional networking, drinks and hor'dourves as we kick off our chapter with two acclaimed keynote speakers: Polyanna Pixton and Sue McKinney. This is a FREE event and seating is limited.
 

Speakers’ Bios and Presentations

Pollyanna Pixton
Co-Founder Accelinnova, President of Evolutionary Systems, Director of Institute for Collaborative Leadership, Co-Founder APLN

An international collaborative leadership expert, Pollyanna Pixton developed the models for collaboration and collaborative leadership through her thirty-five years of working in and consulting with corporations and organizations. She helps companies create workplaces where talent and innovation are unleashed—making them more productive, efficient, and profitable. Pollyanna is a founding partner of Accelinnova, president of Evolutionary Systems, director of the Institute for Collaborative Leadership, and co-author of the forthcoming book, Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility (Addison Wesley, 2009). She co-founded the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN) and chaired APLN Leadership Summits in London, Minneapolis, Las Vegas, and Orlando. Contact her at ppixton@accelinnova.com.

“Collaborative Leadership: A Secret to Agile Success”

When members of a development project are asked to become a self-directed agile team, some claim that leadership and leaders are obsolete. Or, is a different type of leadership exactly what agile teams need to truly flourish? Pollyanna Pixton describes a new, collaborative leadership style that does not attempt to control or micro-manage. It’s one that asks the right questions at the right time to generate new ideas and develop creative products that customers need and want. Pollyanna explains the four areas of collaborative leadership—creating an open environment where the best people can work, learning from stakeholders throughout the enterprise, prioritizing innovative solutions based on business value, and standing back to allow the team to succeed. She shares her battle-tested tips for leading collaboratively—fix processes, not people; take the fun out of being dysfunctional; eliminate constructive criticism, because it never is; and more. Regardless of your role, Pollyanna’s collaborative principles will empower you and everyone on your team to become better leaders and deliver the business value that stakeholders deserve.

Sue McKinney
VP Development Transformation and Integration, IBM

Currently responsible for development transformational activities with IBM's software development group, her major emphasis is driving adoption of Agile and Lean principles into the mainstream of software development. Previously, Sue was a Vice President of Development for the Lotus Division where she led world wide development for Lotus Domino, IBM Sametime and WebSphere Portal. In addition to driving transformational activities within IBM, Sue works with large clients to share IBM's experience and help them scope opportunities for their own transformational activities.

“Backing into Agile Leadership”

Converting 25,000 developers to agile methods had its challenges. The agile teams struggled and needed support and understanding from the IBM Leadership at many levels. In the midst of this, as the global recession set in, Sue looked for tools for corporate leaders that would increase the productivity after cost cutting and unleash talent and keep fostering the innovation needed to deliver results.

In this session, she talks about the approach and challenges to getting new leadership tools to stick and be used to lead distributed teams as they adopt and deliver using agile. You will learn the tools she needed to inspire and motivate change in large organizations steeped in tradition, identifying change agents, and give ownership to the teams. Sue will present what new leadership skills must be developed in teams to make a successful agile enterprise. It wasn’t without its difficulties.


Pacific Corporate Towers
222 North Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 1700
El Segundo 90245

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6:00 PM to 6:30 PM: Registration and seating
6:30 PM to 6:45 PM:  Welcome - Mark Layton, LA APLN Chapter Chair
6:45 PM to 7:45 PM: Featured Presentations

“Collaborative Leadership: A Secret to Agile Success” -  Pollyanna Pixton: Co-Founder Accelinnova, President of Evolutionary Systems, Director of Institute for Collaborative Leadership, Co-Founder APLN
“Backing into Agile Leadership” - Sue McKinney: VP Development Transformation and Integration, IBM

7:45 PM to 8:15 PM: Speaker Q & A
8:15+ PM: Raffle, Drinks and Hor’dourves Networking Reception

 
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