2012 Southland Technology Conference (SOTEC) — Oct 26-27 in Long Beach, CA

IT Professionals are presented with multiple conferences throughout the year that provide opportunities to develop industry knowledge, training, skills and leadership. What sets SoTeC apart from most other conferences is that is organized by the same technology professionals who will benefit from attending the conference. Because the conference is organized by non-profit professional associations whose members volunteer their time, and because the speakers are also volunteers, SoTeC can provide these great benefits at a surprisingly affordable price:

Keynote Speakers

  • Peter Coffee (VP Salesforce.com) – Possible, Inevitable, Essential: the Social and Mobile Cloud
  • Cindy McKenzie (SVP Fox Entertainment Group) – From My Desk to Yours—A CIO’s Perspective
  • Paul Tobia (Senior Principal Security Strategist, Symantec) – Strategic Security Overview – trends and directions in information security
  • Mark Van Lue (COO, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles) – Project Management; Habitat for Humanity Style

Benefits of attending SoTeC include:

  • 12 recertification hours (PDUs, CDUs, CPEs) for attending both conference days
  • Professional Networking with more than 300 IT professionals
  • Access to strategic information technology thought leaders
  • Vendor showcase
  • SoTeC Inspiration Award
  • Job Fair and Resume Reviews
  • Several discounted registrations available; these include: member discounts, in-transition and student discounts, early bird discount, and group/corporate discount

Four Educational Tracks to choose from…

  • Project Management / Business Analysis
  • Quality Assurance / ITIL
  • Personal Development / Social Networking
  • Strategic Technologies

Click here to view the full conference agenda



Agile Open Southern California Conference 2011 (Sep 15-16)

THEME:  People, Principles and Performance

WHEN:  Thursday and Friday, September 15 & 16
WHERE:  University of California, Irvine

What is Agile Open California?

You don’t want to miss this! Imagine an event where experienced Agile practitioners and newcomers alike come together for two days to discuss, examine and otherwise brainstorm the most timely and relevant topics in Agile development today.

Agile Open California is a coalition of agile practitioners and advocates intent on providing an opportunity for learning, networking and growth to the Agile community in California and to others who are interested.

What Will I Get?

  • A 2-day conference pass – up to 24 sessions to choose from each day
  • Continental breakfast and lunch both days
  • A networking reception on Monday evening
  • Free Agile Alliance 1-year Membership – a $100 value! With your registration and attendance, you can receive a free one-year membership in the Agile Alliance, which is a $100 dollar value. Just check the option when you purchase your ticket!

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Receive a Complimentary Virtual Pass to Agile Connect (June 8-9)

CLICK HERE to Receive your FREE Pass to Agile Connect.

You are invited to join us online June 8-9 for Agile Connect – a virtual conference – where we’ll be streaming live from Agile Development Practices West in Las Vegas!

Choose from keynotes and technical sessions, interact with your colleagues and speakers, watch live speaker interviews from the EXPO floor, and more! For your convenience, sessions will also be available on demand after the event. Register today and forward this invitation to your team for your complimentary passes to this event.

Register now and get your free pass to Agile Connect, or view the full view the full program details.

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Lean is on the Rise

CM Crossroads recently posted an article called “The Decline and Fall of Agile SCM (and the Rise of Lean).”  The need to extend Agility beyond software development and single teams is here.

They said: “An issue for us is that Agile development has its scope specifically targeted on software development, and extending it beyond that to other disciplines (systems development, whole enterprises) is less obvious, and perhaps less applicable. In contrast, Lean applies to the whole enterprise/organization and its attitude toward management (including the perceived attitude toward CM) is different.

The key difference between business-agility and software-agility is the extra emphasis of the latter on “the people factor” and on the notion of dynamic self-organization of knowledge-workers as empowered, self-organizing teams. This difference between agility at the business-level versus software-level is also the key difference between Lean-vs-Agile: Read more