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2010 IPMA Executive Seminar

Event Date and Time: 
Sep 28 2010 - 12:00pm - Sep 30 2010 - 12:00pm


The Executive Seminar is intended for Chief Information Officers, IT Professionals, IPMA Corporate members, and those who are interested in Washington’s  information technology and how services will be managed and provided in the future. Attendees must be appointed by agency directors.

See invitation under "Attachment" at the bottom of this page.


Theme: Where Government and Technology Management Meet

Tuesday, September 28
12:00 pm   Registration

1:30 pm    Dr Arun Raha, State Revenue Forecast Council   Session Abstract: The Great Recession of 2007-2009 appears to have ended both in the nation and in the state.  But the recovery is still fragile, and fraught with risk.  Improving credit conditions are still vulnerable to regional and local bank failures from their exposure to slumping commercial construction.  On the upside, we are witnessing an unprecedented global turnaround, so the boost to economic activity from exports will kick in earlier than we had expected.  However, whether or not this nascent recovery persists depends critically on the consumer, as do our state revenues.  The presentation will provide the state economic and revenue outlook.

3:30 pm    Jerry Johnson, Pacific Northwest Labs and ISB Member - Federated Governance model in Federal Government  Session Abstract: Academic models for IT governance (e.g., Gartner, MIT Sloan CISR, etc.) including federated IT governance, describe how it works in the Department of Energy and the Federal government, and how to relate back to IT in WA State.

Dinner Speaker Tim Walsh, DNR Session Abstract:  Washington experiences more than 3,000 earthquakes per year, most not felt. Every 30 years or so, though, a seriously damaging earthquake occurs. Every few hundred to a thousand years, a truly catastrophic earthquake occurs. Building codes are useful in mitigating earthquake hazards, but only guarantee life safety. Many buildings that perform successfully (i.e., no life loss) may still be nonfunctional. Additionally, our understanding of earthquake hazards is proceeding far more rapidly than the building code standards. This talk will focus on recent findings in earthquake hazards and new initiatives for mitigation.

Wednesday, September 29
7:15 am    Breakfast

8:30 am    Sally Alhadeff DIS - Update on Data Center Project Session Abstract: Construction is well underway on a new home for the State’s IT infrastructure on the Capitol Campus in Olympia, Washington and is scheduled for completion September 2011.  After a period of study and pre-design in 2007 and 2008, the State Legislature authorized construction of a state data center and office building for the Department of Information Services and other state agencies. The buildings have been under construction since August 2009. 
Come along on a virtual tour of the newest facilities on the State Capitol Campus.  Learn what it will be like for employees to work in a Green Building (the office building is reaching for a LEED Platinum and the data center is going for Silver.) Find out how the office building uses technology to respond to environmental conditions (and create the best cup of coffee in town).  With the aid of 3-D imaging and modeling, get an insider’s look at some of the newest, most sophisticated buildings in the region. 

10:30 am  Wendy Fraser - Shots, bricks and stars: New perspectives on change  Session Abstract: Change.  Does that word make you think “Been there, done that. What’s so new in the field of change management?”  This session is designed to dispel a few myths that people can be inoculated against change and instead provide recent research that provides additional insights in how to approach and work with people before, during and after a change effort. A model will be shared that will help you discover patterns of thoughts and associated behaviors that help and hinder change. Further, this session will aid in the understanding how the various forms of resistance play parts in how change efforts are successful or whether brick walls are built. Strategies will also be shared to help aid in responding to the core issues brought about by resistant behaviors.

12:15 pm  Lunch

1:30 pm   City and Local Government IT,  Ed Sherman - ACCIS   Session Abstract: The Association of City and County Information Systems managers (ACCIS) represent IT at the local level and must interact with state wide laws, systems and IT managers.  Ed Sherman is this year’s President.  Ed and Paul will be providing some background on ACCIS and the value of the collaboration that they have come to rely on and, hopefully, contribute to in our short time here in Washington.  One of Ed’s goals as ACCIS President is to build Public/Private partnerships.  We will discuss this along with what ACCIS is, why it exists today, and why it is important to local and state government and private industry.  ACCIS is the Statewide organization of County and City Information Systems. Established in the early 90’s as a means to bring IT professional together in a format and environment where the Mangers of Information Services could interact, share and collaborate on issues equally facing all of us.

3:30 pm   IT Shared Best Practices - Ron Seymour, DFI and Vikki Smith, DOR Session Abstract: This session will discuss current best practices sharing  on IT initiatives between a number of agencies in the statewide community.  The session will be in a discussion format and will concentrate on ideas and results. 

Dinner Speaker    Mobile Applications - Chad Stoker - Codesmart Session Abstract: Mobile devices are quickly becoming a standard platform for web browsing, multi-media access, and even business transactions. Platforms such as the iPhone, Android OS, Windows Mobile, Palm, and Blackberry have become common in the consumer and corporate cell phone market and are being used across a wide variety of demographics. The fact that the face of technology is changing is not new, but should your organization think about these new platforms now... or later? How should your organization adjust software development standards to support mobile phone applications?

Thursday, September 30
7:15 am   Breakfast

8:30 am   Robert Jeffers - Pulling In the Same Direction  Session Abstract: If we are to stay successful in the current climate, the goal is simple:  Get things done better, faster and with less resources than ever before.  While our long-term survival depends on this, our ability to influence the actions of those around us is one key to its success.  If you’ve ever wanted to be more skilled at motivating people to respond positively to your proposals, to shift their behaviors or to be more productive, this program is meant for you.

Specifically, "Pulling In the Same Direction" teaches participants:

  • Working knowledge of the ladder of inference and how it often weakens trust.
  • The importance of rapport-building in getting others to feel connected to us.
  • A simple approach to inspiring others to take action or shift their behavior.
  • Communication techniques for framing difficult conversations for best outcomes.

10:30 am Portfolio Performance Metrics - Mike Ricchio Deputy Director DIS, TBC  Session Abstract: The world of information technology continues to change and the state has numerous IT related initiatives underway.   During this presentation, an update will be provided to efforts as they relate to shared services, the data center consolidation effort and other key projects. 

Driving Directions

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Last Minute Instructions for Attendees

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