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November 2016 - AIM Lunch Meeting

  • Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Wasatch Room, 10th Floor, 15 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150


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The Art of Business Value

Do you really understand what business value is? Information technology can and should deliver business value. But the IT community - and in particular the Agile community, which makes a point of organizing all its efforts around the delivery of business value - has paid scant attention to what exactly business value means—and how to know whether or not you are delivering it. This problem becomes ever more critical as you push value delivery toward autonomous teams and away from requirements “tossed over the wall” by business stakeholders. An empowered team needs to understand its goal! 

 The author of The Art of Business Value and an experienced CIO in organizations large and small, Mark Schwartz will take you on a playful and thought-provoking journey that explores just what business value means, why it matters, and how it should affect your software development and IT delivery practices. Mark will make you think deeply about not only what it means to deliver value but also the role of the CIO and the relationship of the IT organization to the rest of the enterprise.

Each attendee will receive a copy of the book, The Art of Business Value.

Our Speaker/Facilitator:  

Mark Schwartz
CIO, Author, and Entrepreneur

Mark Schwartz is an iconoclastic CIO and a playful crafter of ideas, an inveterate purveyor of lucubratory prose. He has been an IT leader in organizations small and large, public, private, and nonprofit. As the CIO of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, he provokes the federal government into adopting Agile and DevOps practices. He is pretty sure that when he was the CIO of Intrax Cultural Exchange he was the first person ever to use business intelligence and supply chain analytics to place au pairs with the right host families. Mark speaks frequently on innovation, bureaucratic implications of DevOps, and Agile processes in low-trust environments. With a BS in computer science from Yale, a master’s in philosophy from Yale, and an MBA from Wharton, Mark is either an expert on the business value of IT or just confused and much poorer.

Mark is the author of The Art of Business Value.

About Our Sponsor: Zaact

ZAACT is a professional services company focused on business productivity for the digital workforce.  We target our practice on helping businesses achieve real value and performance from critical functions including email, document and record management, business intelligence, process workflow, content management, search, high fidelity intranets, Office 365,  identity management, cloud computing and more.  We take pride in making these complex technologies work for your organization.

We hope you can make it to this event!


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