Sunday, October 30, 2011

Announcing the Next EL SIG Meeting, November 17 [Robert Lasater]

The next meeting of the Engineering Leadership SIG will be held on November 17 in SAP Building 2 (3412 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA), starting at 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM. The main presentation will be a panel discussion on tools for program, resource and portfolio management.

TITLE: Exploration of Tools for Program, Resource and Portfolio Management

Have you struggled in your company to manage all the projects hitting your development teams? Are you desperate to learn about tools capable of managing your company's entire project portfolio and the internal resources that can be deployed against those projects?

Join us to hear from a panel of seasoned practitioners who can discuss the tools they have found and the benefits those tools are delivering to their teams and their organizations. Also, how they're still deficient - where they could be better - how they change the challenges and bring the next need into focus.

Discussion points include:

* RESOURCING: shared resources, resource management, dozens of developers with hundreds of tasks coming at them weekly
* PRIORITIZING: prioritizing tasks and projects, focusing on "doing the right things, not just on doing things right"
* SCHEDULING: interdependencies among projects and shared requirements, managing boundaries between teams, synchronizing and sequencing releases, planning, scheduling, and estimating for scores of products / hundreds of custom projects
* MANAGING EXECUTION: having visibility into which projects and tasks are getting resources - and which ones are not, meeting schedule commitments, metrics , predictability


* Saood Shah heads professional services for GraceNote / Sony, where he uses Salesforce to manage resource contention across lots of customer projects.

* Shawn McKay heads the GraceNote / Sony PMO, where she has deployed Microsoft Project Server to manage lots of developers working on product development.

* Ketan Bhatia heads the Yahoo! PMO, where he relies on Mariner to manage projects and resources.


Saood Shah is the Director of Professional Services at Gracenote, where he is focused on delivering solution architecture, project management, and technical support services to 60+ customer projects at any given time. His team uses to manage Accounts, Contacts, Issues, and Milestones, stay on top of active project status, and analyze metrics and trends from historical data.

Saood has over 10 years of software industry experience leading Services and Support organizations, selling Services deals, and managing PS implementations and operations. Prior to Gracenote, Saood led the Client Services organization at, and was responsible for managing the Technical Services and Program Management teams. In this position, he focused on providing timely, quality support to drive adoption and retention, and ultimately, grow’s customer base.

Shawn McKay is the Director of the Program Management Office at Gracenote, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America. Gracenote’s Mission Statement is to help people discover and enjoy digital media. The Gracenote PMO is responsible for Process and Tools Development and Leadership, Resource and Portfolio Management, Project Governance, and Core and Extended Team Leadership and Facilitation. The Gracenote PMO uses both “waterfall-lite” and “Agile Scrum-lite” techniques to manage all new product development at Gracenote.

Shawn has over 15 years of project and program management experience at various bay area companies, including Charles Schwab, Autodesk, AFC/Tellabs, and most recently, Gracenote. Before settling on SW program management as a career, she also worked for over a decade in careers ranging from non-profits to finance to investment banking. Shawn holds an MBA degree, a PMP certification, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of Business.

Ketan Bhatia has over 15 years of experience in management of large scale, global web product releases and software implementations. Ketan works for Yahoo! as a Director of Product Program Management and is known as a trusted advisor with strong negotiation skills and for being accomplished in defining strategic direction for the business. He has held numerous positions in Healthcare IT including Kaiser Permanente and Blue Shield of California.

Ketan has an MBA from Temple University, Philadelphia.

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Ongoing Management Sponsor:

Project Connections is our EL SIG Management Sponsor. is dedicated to practically and affordably supporting individuals as they do their jobs day-to-day and helping them grow their management abilities and careers. We also provide management development and support resources to organizations, through group subscriptions, methodology content licenses, on-demand virtual training programs, virtual coaching, and more - all to help managers improve how critical project work gets done, and to help grow the capabilities of everyone on their staffs and teams.

Attendance Verification Available :

Please ask an SDForum registration personnel at the event if you need an attendance verification form for professional development and certification purpose.


6:15 - 6:30 Early arrival recommended!
6:30 - 7:00 Registration / Checkin
6:30 - 7:00 Enjoy cheese, fruit, snacks, pizza, soda and networking
6:31 - 6:59 Engineering Leadership Peer-2-Peer Roundtable
7:00 - 7:10 Introduction and opening announcements
7:10 - 8:20 Keynote and Q&A
8:20 - 8:30 Closing announcements
8:30 - 8:45 Informal networking and followup Q&A
8:45 - 8:50 Clean up
8:50 - 9:00 Clear the room & have a safe trip home!

Cost: $20 at the door for non-SDForum members, No charge for SDForum members

For more details and to sign up, visit the page for this event.

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