May 18th, 2016 Bakersfield Dinner Meeting

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Servant Leadership in an Agile World
with Guest Speaker Hugo Waigand


Topic Description - Agile Methodologies are increasingly embraced by many industries including the Project Management Profession. Agile “prescribes” empowered self-organizing teams as core and motor. But how does management and leadership fare with self-organizing teams and flat organizational structures?


To empower cross functional teams and give them the space to organize and develop, leadership is redefined to “leading from behind”, observing, monitoring and supporting its teams. The Servant Leader steps out of the spotlight focusing on supporting his teams to excel while recognizing and removing obstacles in front and amongst team members. This leadership role is often difficult to accept because the leader seems to move from the top to the bottom of the pyramid carrying most of the load while getting little visibility. Leading by example, the Servant Leader encourages team members to shift their priorities away from their own needs to the needs of the team and other team members.

 Bio - Hugo Waigand has his roots in Holzkirchen, Bavaria, Germany, and graduated from a Technical High School in Wuerzburg with a major in Electronics, followed by studies at the Technical University in Munich. During the early days of his career, he started his own business as Computer Consultant and Systems Programmer managing many IT and Telco projects from “cradle to grave” and extending his initial “Army of One” to a thriving small business. Loving military technology and especially everything that flies and growing up surrounded by bases of the U.S. Armed Forces, English became a natural second language. In 1998 he met his second wife, a Bakersfield native - gave up his company in Germany, moved half around the globe and was awarded U.S. citizenship in 2006. He found employment with the carrot and vegetable giant “Grimmway Farms” as manager of their software development department where he and his team of six software engineers and two software testers design, develop and maintain the companies software solutions supporting all levels of technology and all departments trying to give and keep the company the “edge” to stay number one in the business. Hugo holds a PMP and the new PMI-ACP certification as well as several major Software Engineering and Quality certifications. He is also supporting as volunteer the new Agile Community of Practice at PMI and a member of the PMI-California Central Valley Chapter CCVC. As early adopter of Agile and Lean reaching back as far as 1985, Hugo has not only used those methodologies, but also become very passionate about the changes and opportunities they offer.

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Meeting Agenda:
May 18th, 2016
6:00 – 6:30 pm Networking, Dinner, Check-in
6:30 – 6:45 pm Technical session
6:45 – 7:45 pm Speaker Presentation
7:30 – 8:00 pm Announcements & Chapter Business

(includes dinner): $25 advanced registration
with pre-payment (48 hrs or more prior to event)
Please RSVP by 9:00 pm on May 17th. $25 at the door.

Qualified attendees will receive 1 PDU for attending this meeting
Hodel's Country Dining
5917 Knudsen Dr.
Bakersfield, CA 93308
(North of Olive Drive & West of CA-99)