Beyond Software

june, 2021

21jun6:00 pm7:30 pmBeyond Software6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Online event Event Organized By: Washington DC Scrum User Group

Event Details

In this discussion, we will explore how a single conversation between coworkers on a software team sparked the implementation of Scrum across an entire organization. Leveraging the teachings from “Beyond the Goal”, by Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt, we will focus on the transition to Scrum in the design of physical products at a global leader in the robotics industry. Dr. Goldratt is best known for his “Theory of Constraints” and we will frame our discussion of this Scrum transformation using the four questions at the heart of “Beyond the Goal”. Join us as we dive into the successes and challenges of taking Scrum beyond software and into physical product design and manufacturing.

6:00 – 7:00 Presentation
7:00 – 7:30 Q&A + Networking

Franky Jones is an IT Professional, Educator and Coach with over 18 years of experience. He currently works as the Information Systems and Software Manager at ATI Industrial Automation in Apex, North Carolina. Committed to excellence, Franky has been with ATI for the past 16 years where he not only engineers software and process solutions, but also serves as a change agent, coaching the organization on how to leverage technology and teams to continue the growth of the company in a global marketplace.

Franky’s true passion is helping people achieve things they never thought were possible. Software engineering is one avenue for expressing that passion and it has led to the design of some truly transformative systems at ATI. The ultimate manifestation of this passion is his desire to develop high-performing teams. This pursuit has led to his participation as a member of the Lean Steering Committee at ATI, the creation of a workshop deployed company-wide to increase employee engagement, and the creation of a framework to guide the cultural transformation of the organization. Franky is also leading the journey to agility at ATI as the company looks to adopt the use of Scrum across the organization.

Hailing from Saxapahaw, North Carolina, Franky attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a John Motley Morehead Award recipient. He continued his education at Durham Technical Community College where, upon completion of his studies, he served as an instructor of the computer programming classes for three years. Franky is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist and also holds Advanced Product Owner and Advanced Scrum Master certifications through Scrum Alliance. His pursuit is to become a Certified Scrum Trainer.

In his spare time, Franky enjoys reading, fishing, running and obstacle course racing with friends. Most of all, he loves spending time with his wife and getting into mischief with his two sons.

This DCSUG event is free thanks to our sponsors Kaizenko and Excella.

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