Take your projects across the finish line: Visual management tools to deliver projects on budget and on time (Menlo Innovations)

August 9, 2021 | 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Eastern Time
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 | conference@ame.org
Fees
Non-Member Fee: $149
Member Fee: $99
DESCRIPTION

Learn how Menlo Innovations uses visual management tools like story mapping, planning games, and work authorization boards to ensure that daily tasks provide the most value to a project’s long-term plan by focusing on project priorities.

While historically Menlo has found these tools work best on paper, the company has recently found ways to adapt its visual management processes to be 100 percent remote while maintaining the integrity, goals and values achieved with its paper-based system.

In this two-and-a-half-hour virtual event, you'll tour Menlo and see these visual management tools up close (including recent adaptations to support remote teams). You'll also learn to establish a road map for beginning a project and how to make meaningful course corrections to a project that support a long-term plan and avoid expensive scope creep that can lead to months of wasted efforts. Join us for a thought-provoking project-planning journey from up in the clouds to down in the weeds and back again.

HOST COMPANY

Menlo Innovations

Menlo Innovations is a custom software design and development company with a radically different approach to workplace culture—one intentionally designed to produce joy. From pairing to post-its, every process and tool at Menlo is designed to end human suffering as it relates to technology. Every year thousands of visitors come to Ann Arbor, Michigan, or visit Menlo virtually to see its team in action and learn how to create a workplace people love. www.menloinnovations.com

PRESENTERS

Michelle Pomorski

Michelle Pomorski is a project manager, user experience designer, business analyst and problem solver. She began practicing the unique user-centered design processes at Menlo Innovations as a High-Tech Anthropologist® in 2007. In the last few years, she has transitioned to the role of project manager, where she enjoys partnering with clients using Menlo’s visual management processes to help them steer their projects toward successful outcomes. She has experience working on projects in a variety of domains ranging from e-commerce websites to health care. Michelle has been a presenter at the Great Lakes Software Excellence, Washtenaw Community College UIE, and Agile and Beyond conferences. She also teaches workshops at Menlo regularly. 

Brittany Morton

Brittany Morton is a High-Tech Anthropologist® at Menlo Innovations. She is passionate about designing products and technology interfaces that will improve the lives of the people that use them. In addition to user experience design, Morton is also passionate about sharing Menlo’s processes and culture with the world. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. When Morton is not at Menlo she is a traveling professional dancer that teaches and competes internationally. She also owns and runs a successful Etsy shop and is currently remodeling her kitchen. 

PARTICIPANT BENEFITS

Discover a different way of managing projects that will take you from fire fighting, chaos and ambiguity to clarity, simplicity and predictability. Learn how Menlo has crafted its systems and processes to create a simple, clear, unambiguous culture focused on elevating the human energy of our team to get practical work done (and done well) as a team. See how tools like estimation and planning origami can help you more effectively collaborate and drive alignment between your team and stakeholders. This event will benefit individuals and project teams across any industry or domain that are looking for inspiration when dealing with the following:

  • Unclear priorities/misalignment between stakeholders
  • Visibility into what will be done and when
  • Fear around missing estimates/deadlines
  • Ability to pivot project priorities to respond to changes/problems that arise
  • How to introduce a project management system into the work already being done
WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This workshop is intended for individuals and project teams across any industry or domain who are looking for inspiration when dealing with the following:

  • Unclear priorities/misalignment between stakeholders
  • Visibility into what will be done and when
  • Fear around missing estimates/deadlines
  • Ability to pivot project priorities to respond to changes/problems that arise
  • How to introduce a project management system into the work already being done
VIRTUAL EVENT PARTICIPATION

To fully participate in this virtual event, a high-speed internet connection, speaker/headphones, microphone and webcam are needed. While not required, you will have a better online experience if you do not use wireless internet service. A wired/ethernet connection will have a stronger signal than wireless. Make sure you download the Zoom Client for Meetings desktop application for the best experience. Do not use the version available through your web browser as it has limited features. https://zoom.us/download

OTHER REGISTRATION INFORMATION

You can become an AME member during the registration process for $150 per year and obtain the discounted AME member rate for this event. Your membership will also entitle you to a registration discount for all future AME conferences, seminars, workshops and webinars for one year.

Payment or purchase order must be received by the AME office five days prior to the event start date. If no payment or PO number is received, you will be asked to pay with a credit card or check at the event before entry.

Cancellation Policy: For paide events, enrollment fee less a $100 non-refundable registration charge will be refunded up to one week before the event. Substitutions may be made up to three days prior to the start of the workshop.

Notes: This event may be canceled by AME for any reason. AME is not responsible for incidental costs incurred by registrants. By registering for this meeting, I hereby acknowledge and agree that AME or its agents may take photographs of me during events and may use those photographs for AME’s purposes, including but not limited to news and promotional purposes, without further compensation to me.