October 14, 2020 | 5 pm PDT | Virtual Event

The Program Management Special Interest Group is devoted to the discussion of Project, Program, or Product Management issues of all kinds.  A speaker is chosen to do a webinar each even month of the year to share a novel or engaging idea or experience covering this simple charter: “How do we manage who does what by when?” (with a splash of some Hows and Whys for good measure).  Discussion topics will include classic planning and execution topics as estimation, tooling, and reporting, but also how the dynamics of coordination, communication, and culture influence to the role of a PM.

PMSIG is hosted by Jon Bach, a Senior Program Manager at eBay, leading various quality-related efforts in its Marketing Technologies team of 150 people. He has more than two decades of software quality project experience as a tester, test manager, test consultant, and test director, which he now uses to help eBay make sure its marketing efforts are thoughtful and relevant. He has an energetic and practical style, and he is known to many eBay customers as “Jon the Bug Hunter.”

The PMSIG is sponsored by Quardev, Inc., a technical services firm with who provides skilled talent in IT Staffing and managed project solutions. PMSIG meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each even-numbered month eventually at the Quardev offices: 2707 NE Blakeley Street, Seattle, WA 98105 but until we can all enjoy each other’s company in person we will be hosting these remotely. This is a complimentary, inclusive community looking to provide an informative and interactive environment to discuss and promote new ideas, theories, methodologies, and technologies for the PM community.

We are looking for some dynamic speakers for the 2021 meetings. If you are interested, please let us know.

Our inaugural meeting will be October 14th at 5pm and will showcase Margaret Kenrick of Nanostring who will be presenting on “Facilitating Strategic Planning in Industry through Strengths-Based Leadership”. We hope you can join us.

View the recorded video here.


Guest Speaker

Margaret Rose Kenrick
Senior Program Manager of Customer Experience (CX) at NanoString Technologies

Margaret's initial focus at NanoString Technologies was to manage the global launch of their GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler.  The launch was a great success with all the bumps that come with a launch. Now she focuses on the strategic planning and execution of the CX leadership team goals.  This includes working on improving cross-functional communication and professional development for the multiple career ladders within the group.

Her talk for PMSIG will focus on using tools such as Appreciative Inquiry to understand the team and provide the change management needed in the industry.  Using these tools, Margaret had helped a not-for-profit build an outreach educational program for elementary school students.  In an established industry, new challenges included convincing others to push the status quo.  Steps of success and her challenges to go will be revealed for this work in progress.


View the recorded video here.

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