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INCOSE-LA Chapter Speaker Meeting - “Look! Gorillas are Doing Ballet- an Agile Transformation Story (Navy)” with Cindy VanEpps and Bryan Smith

  • Date:
    March 10, 2020 - 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Address: The Aerospace Corporation, 200 North Aviation Blvd., Bldg. D8, Room 1006A
  • Location: El Segundo, CA 90245 USA
  • Venue:
    The Aerospace Corporation
  • Contact: Deborah Cannon
  • Phone: (310) 336-8341

Register here! (Remote participation available. Contact info at this link).

Cindy VanEpps

  INCOSE-LA Speaker Meeting “Look! The Gorillas are Doing Ballet- an Agile Transformation Story (Navy)”  with Cindy VanEpps

Abstract:  Development of mission-critical military systems is like walking through a complex jungle of risk, compliance, oversight and responsibility.

Similar to watching an episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” -  the intrigue, suspense and eventual relief of survival are some of the emotional highs and lows you’ll experience going through an organization-wide transformation.  While it will never make for prime time TV watching, the need for this systems and process evolution and its eventual manifestation are no less remarkable.

In this session, we'll act as your personal jungle guide as we walk you through a transformational journey and spare you neither the gory details nor the poignant insights.  Who are the players and personalities involved?  What are the motivations and actions - both blatantly observable and those hidden in the shadows? What are the obvious as well as the creative solutions to help the organization cross the divide? 

This story will show you how a development organization transformed from -  "We could never do it the agile way"- to "We can never do it any other way!"

Biography:  Cindy’s first job out of college was crafting Space Shuttle Flight Design Software at Johnson Space Center.  Over the subsequent years she has been a software developer, technical lead, development manager, consultant, and solution developer.

She has worked with numerous system engineering companies and with each she has proven success at helping transform traditional waterfall and highly regulated environments to agile and scaled agile practices.

In her thought leadership, teaching and consulting she has proven a wealth of knowledge and creativity but more importantly she brings pragmatism to the application of Agile practices.  She “practices what she preaches” on the importance of focus on principles and evolving the specific practices based on both relentless improvement and application of the principles in the way that provides most economic benefit.

As a SAFe ™ Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) her pragmatic approach and entertaining style make her a fan favorite.

:  Tuesday March 10, 2020 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM PST

Cost:  Individual INCOSE members free, CAB Associates $5, Non-Members and Guests $10.  May be prepaid during registration, cash only on-site.  Free self-parking.

Host Venue: 
The Aerospace Corporation, Host Site  Light refreshments included.
200 North Aviation Blvd, Bldg. D8, Room 1010, El Segundo, CA 90245
Foreign Nationals and non-Aerospace persons attending at the Host site must register by 3/2/2020 for security review.

Over the course of the year, INCOSE-LA hosts a series of engaging events for the systems engineering community. See our Roadmap for these events, which include conferences, speaker meetings, tutorials, and workshops. So, don't miss out on these opportunities!

We accommodate two different types of Conferences: Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER) and mini-conferences. CSER is our biggest conference event, bringing together practioners and researchers from all around the world to one central location to voice their thoughts and ideas on the subject of systems engineering. CSER subjects can range from system architectures to systems of systems. On the other end of the spectrum, mini-conferences are an abbreviated version of CSER. We host intimate one-day mini-conference events, which include a few keynote speakers, technical presentations, and a panel discussion.

Additionally, we offer Speaker Meetings, Tutorials, and Workshops. Each product is designed for a specific purpose and audience. Speaker Meetings are dynamic, educational technical presentations that can be broadcast through the web to reach a broader audience. Tutorials are skill-enhancing sessions for the participating members, who wish to expand their current systems engineering skill set. Workshops are intense sessions designed to reinforce the methods and concepts of systems engineering and empower the creative minds to transform the gained systems engineering knowledge into practice.