ASEE Meetings & Conferences

All Meetings provide Continuing Education for PMI, ASQ, and Scrum Alliiance

May 7, 2019 Meeting in the  2018-2019 DFW-ASEE Speaker Series

“Turning the Ship with Healthy Agile Metrics”, was presented by Jim Picard,  Sr. CSM currently with 7-Eleven,  at our  TI Campus, Raytheon North Bldg. location, 12/4/18, 6:45 p.m.  Don’t forget attendance provides you with Continuing Education: 1 PDU, 1 SEU, .05 ASQ!


Agile training often emphasizes frameworks, approaches and solutions; we focus so much on the steps we believe taking makes us Agile, but we lose sight of why we want our organizations to be Agile. After a brief review of the value of Agile, Jim will dive into how we communicate our successes and shortfalls to internal and external stakeholders. He’ll provide high level descriptions of some of his preferred metrics, and ways of slowly shifting the mentality of Project Management based metrics to Product based metrics.


Our 28th DFW-ASEE Symposium  – February 23, 2019

Our keynote, Charles (Chuck) Kroll, Senior Enterprise Agile Transformtion Coach, presentation on “The Agile Evolution, It’s More than Process” was a great success.  (See our main page for this and our other great speakers presentations.)


You will often hear these fathers of the Agile movement say that this revolution has gone far beyond their wildest imaginations.  But, to say it has simply revolutionized the IT/IS industry would be a complete understatement, for as we enter 2019, the Agile industry finds itself becoming relevant in every part of major organizations.  It is being taught in schools and even being used in personal workflow management, such as the case of personal Kanban.

This is one of the greatest stories of our time.  It is fascinating and even curious how something that at one time was viewed as “hippy-feel- gooders’ Manifesto” has become not only mainstream, but world-changing.


Prior General Meetings Include (see main page for current information)

December 4, 2018 Meeting in the  2018-2019 DFW-ASEE Speaker Series

“Moving from Waterfall to Agile/Scrum – an 18 month Transformation”, was presented by our own David Carrier, PMP/CSM/Coach,  at our  TI Campus, Raytheon North Bldg. location, 12/4/18, 6:45 p.m.  Don’t forget attendance provides you with Continuing Education: 1 PDU, 1 SEU, .05 ASQ!

Moving from Waterfall to Agile/Scrum, an Eighteen-month, Transformation, and work in progress

If Agile methodologies promote a project management process that encourages frequent inspection, adaptation, teamwork, self-organization, accountability, and strong customer involvement.


“Agility is the ability to balance flexibility and stability.. In an uncertain and turbulent world, success belongs to companies that have the capacity to create change, and maybe even chaos, for their competitors. Creating change disrupts competitors; responding to change guards against competitive thrusts.” – ThoughtWorks

This session will explore 18 months of transformation in ‘IT’ keeping in mind Agile Method and Agility on all projects / products.

Topics covered are:

  • Discovery Stage exploring approach
  • How we started,
  • Lessons learned along the Way
  • Scrum pros and cons (Which Projects / Products are best suited for Agile)
  • Process Flow analyzed (Difficulty changing to User Stories from waterfall)
  • Accountability and visibility caused by requirements
  • Release planning and sprint planning
  • Environment Changes
  • Next steps

David Carrier is an Enterprise Solution Consultant with over 35 years applied practical experience across multiple industry sectors. These include Military, Telecommunications, Research and Development, Information Technology, and Education. Currently at 7-Eleven IT, he has responsibilities for mentoring and facilitation of a Systems Development Lifecycle for business improvement and IT development processes. His Quality Assurance process improvement activities include conversion of IT from Waterfall Development framework to Agile, SCRUM, Kanban framework at a major retail store. For the past 12 years David has also been an Adjunct Professor at University of Phoenix where he teaches Project Management and other courses

David has several certifications: PMP, Project Management Institute, CSM, Certified Scrum Master, LEAN/DFSS, Six Sigma Black Belt, and ITIL.

He has MBA from University of Dallas, a BSCS from University of Northern Illinois.



Oct. 2, 2018, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Ti/Raytheon Location

Ron Franklin is a Solution Architect / Software Engineer Across the Lifecycle (SEAL) with a proven record of successfully architecting automation frameworks, enterprise monitoring and performance test solutions for Fortune 500 and Global 100 businesses; fulfilling mission-critical performance objectives and goals, directing cross-functional technology teams, and leading complex projects from conception to deployment. Ron is an accomplished speaker, active in local and global user groups and is a Vivit Worldwide SIG Leader.

Robotic Process Automation, Operations Orchestration and the Rise of the Digital Workforce

Organizations are under ever increasing pressure to automate their IT processes. The future is one where routine operations are performed by a digital workforce. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Operations Orchestration (OO) are spearheading the transformation of the IT landscape. To stay abreast of this transformation, it is important to understand what RPA and OO are and how to participate in this transformation.

In this presentation, we will:

  • Define Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Operations Orchestration (OO)
  • Discover how they are part of digital transformation
  • Understand why this is a necessary skill to obtain
  • Visit best in class tools like Automation Anywhere, Blue Prism, UiPath and MF Operations Orchestration
  • Learn how to implement enterprise RPA/OO solutions using these tools through a case study approach


May 29, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00p.m., Cypress Waters 7-11  location

Our May General Meeting was held at our Cypress Waters 7-11 Store Support Center location, 3200 Hackberry Road, Irving, TX.  75063

The presentation entitled “Addressing You Agile/Scrum Challenges – Fixing What is Broken and Maximizing What You Have”  was presented by Neil Potter, of The Process Group

Scrum is a software project management methodology based on Agile principles. Agile methodologies promote a project management process that encourages frequent inspection, adaptation, teamwork, self-organization, accountability, and strong customer involvement.

However, Scrum / Agile implementations don’t always go as planned, and without some due diligence, chaos is easy. Many organizations simply code, ship and hope under the label of “Agile.”

This session will enumerate the problems to look out for and provide example corrective actions.

Topics covered were:

  • Agile manifesto, principles and risks
  • Definition of scrum
  • Scrum pros and cons
  • Framework vs. complete solution?
  • The backlog and requirements
  • A great backlog vs. A mumbo-jumbo backlog
  • Overcoming accountability and visibility caused by requirements
  • Release planning and sprint planning
  • Prediction vs. discovery
  • Running the business, and money
  • Sprint capacity
  • Phases vs. sprints – what have you lost and gained?
  • Task dependencies
  • Risk management
  • Do we need design?
  • Allocating time — design and final system test / validation
  •  Are Agile / Scrum practices enough?
  • Relation to CMMI and PMBOK


Senior managers, software project managers, practitioners and internal Agile coaches.


Neil Potter is co-founder of The Process Group, a company formed in 1990 that consults on improving schedule, cost and quality results for software, IT and systems development organizations.

He has 28 years of experience in software and process engineering. Neil is a CMMI-Institute certified lead appraiser for SCAMPI appraisals, Intro to CMMI instructor (development and services), Six Sigma Greenbelt and Certified Scrum Master. He has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Essex (UK) and is the co-author of Making Process Improvement Work – A Concise Action Guide for Software Managers and Practitioners, Addison-Wesley, and Making Process Improvement Work for Service Organizations, Addison-Wesley.


Topic:  “How to Create Products Customers Love”  Presented by Masood Pathan, Sr. Manager, Dell Technologies 

How many times during the product delivery, we have added features that do not necessarily contribute to the solution or solve an impeding need of the user. How many times we make assumptions of what our users want rather than deeply understanding their needs?
One of the most common challenges encountered in the industry today is the focus on practicing Inside-Out product development, wherein the build stages of the product development there is zero to a very minimal customer interaction, and a heavy focus on selling a finished product.
Greater competition and growing consumer power warrants us to shift our focus from the traditional non value added activities of detailed up front analysis, high level estimations and scope management to a more outcome based approach that see customer experience as the only sustainable source of competitive differentiation. One such thought process that delights customers and engages them at every step of the product development journey is the “Design Thinking”- with Design thinking we can build products that customers will love and transform the complete customer experience.
Design thinking is a proven and repeatable problem-solving framework that can be used to solve complex problems with a customer centric approach.
It is based on these key principles:
  • Focus on Customer needs and experiences, especially the emotional ones.
  • It focuses on Outside-In product development versus the traditional Inside Out product development.
  • It promotes the philosophy of “fail early and often” through prototyping


Masood Pathan is a Senior Manager of Engineering at Dell Technologies, where he is responsible for leading engineering teams towards product development. Prior to this role, Masood held several management positions at Deloitte, Sabre Airline Solutions and has been playing key roles in supporting large scale Lean & Agile transformations.  Masood is also a leading proponent of applying Design thinking as a way to solve complex technology problems and human-centric approach.  Masood has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Karnataka University, India and an MBA degree from Webster University, St Louis.


” Enhance Communications for Next Job or Promotion Opportunity ”  Presented  By: Mark Slighton of “Oh Thank Heaven” Toastmasters Club

By attending this ASEE meeting you will learn tips and how supportive learn-by-doing that allows one to achieve goals. Learn how Toastmasters has changed the lives of members.

Our speaker asks:  Does this sound like you?

You may have heard the name “Toastmasters” once or twice before but you never received enough information to really understand what Toastmasters is, how it works and most importantly what’s in it for me?

This was my experience until I visited my first club meeting.

To fix this, we are bringing the “Oh Thank Heaven” Toastmasters club meeting experience to you at the ASEE monthly meeting on March 6th at the 7-Eleven Store Support Center in Las Colinas.

You will get to:

Experience a typical club meeting

  • Learn about various roles at club meetings &
  • Hear how Toastmasters has helped others and
  • Find out how Toastmasters can help you become a better leader.

Toastmaster’s motto is: “Where Leaders Are Made”.  With Toastmasters, You can be a better version of You!


” Career Opportunities with an Eye to the Future in 2018 ”  Presented  By: Red River Systems of Addison

  • Where we have been in 2017 – a review of the 2017 market
  • What 2018 future brings to Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex
  • Interactive Q & A


“Key Factors for Project Success ”, Presented by Steve Barton, 7-Eleven Chief Evangelist for Project Management

  1. Effective Project Management
  2. What Does “Done” look like
  3. Plan All Activities
  4. Communicate Actual verses Planned

Steve Barton  is a 7-Eleven leader and the chief evangelist for project management activities at 7-Eleven, Inc. As a Servant Leader Steve works with team members to apply appropriate project management activities. Steve has 25+ years at 7-Eleven with store operations and IT experience and has supported the four largest transformation programs within 7-Eleven during the last 20 years. He is a graduate of Kansas University (BS Business), Steve has the distinction of being a Quartermaster Sea Scout (equivalent to Eagle Scout), Steve served in US Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer.


Reimagine Quality for Digital Tomorrow“, Presented by Vineet Srinivasan, QA Leader / Solution Architect with Cognizant

Successful businesses in digital are harnessing technology advances to create superior customer experiences. To build it first time right, enterprises should elevate QA outcomes from:

  • Application quality to business process assurance
  • BOT based predictive analytics on Defect
  • Intelligent Testing thru quality engineering
  • Quality Orchestration

Vineet Srinivasan is an accomplished QA Leader with 15+ yrs of extensive experience in providing thought leadership, setting up of large TCoE for multiple Retail & Consumer Goods Customers. He has rich experience in QA/QE Delivery, QA advisory and consultative services to CIOs and IT Executives. He has been with Cognizant for over 11 years and is now the Solution Architect/BU Lead for Retail CG South Central at Cognizant.


Current State of Software Engineering“, Presented by Mary Sakry, The Process Group

Since the beginning of Software Engineering, our primary focus has been on creating and delivering products to users, so that we can create more products for even more users! Meanwhile several of us, have spent decades coaching and aiding organizations to improve appropriate ways of running and implementing their products.

Mary will examine the progress and discuss the current state of Software Engineering. Come prepared to examine the current state and think about where we are headed.  More than 20 years ago I was spending time in India and other places around the world; while now most of my time is spent in China. What should you be excited about, concerned about, and which actions should we take to move the industry forward?

Mary Sakry is a software process improvement engineer.  Her Background, includes engineering, process management (services and development), project management and software development.  For decades, she has been helping organizations improve their software engineering. Since 2009 she has been focusing on Chinese development organizations that are working at CMMI high maturity levels.  Mostly, she inspires developers and managers to fix problems resulting in better functioning and happier organizations. She is the co-workshop chair for the ASSE workshops. She and Neil Potter, Co-authored “Making Process Improvement Work – A Concise Action Guide for Software Managers and Practitioners,” Addison-Wesley, 2002


Effective Performance Testing“, Presented by Ron Franklin Senior Process Engineer, Commercial Metals for Applicaiton Performance Management and Performance Engineering.

“Effective Performance Testing”

An important aspect of performance testing is providing actionable information related to a proposed solution. Too often we hear, “just add users until it breaks”.  Using a case-study approach, we will walk through the steps to correctly model and execute our performance tests. Along the way, we will learn how to determine the true objective of a test, reveal hidden requirements, address resource constraints, and create a model which represents the expected usage of the solution.

Ron Franklin is a thirty year veteran with a proven track record of successfully architecting application performance management and performance test solutions for Fortune 500 businesses; fulfilling mission-critical performance objectives and goals, directing cross-functional technology teams, and leading complex projects from conception to deployment. Ron is an accomplished speaker and has presented locally. He is active in local user groups and is on the Board of Directors of DFW-Quality Assurance Association (DFW-QAA).


The Internet of Things (IoT), Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Communications”- Presented By: Ed Hightower, Ingenu Consultant

The many technologies that enable IoT/M2M are driving the next industrial revolution.  We’ll be able to monitor and control… and analyze objects and conditions that were never technically or economically possible before.

Connectivity technologies like cellular, satellite, wireline, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mesh, etc. will be joined by powerful Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technologies that will enable low cost, long range, deep-building penetration and long-battery-life connectivity that will make possible applications that were never practical before. 

This presentation will give a brief history of IoT/M2M, then explain what LPWANs are and why they will be so important in enabling IoT/M2M, and finally who the most likely long-term players will be in LPWAN arena.


2017 27th Annual DFW-ASEE Software Engineering Conference – Conference Presentations

Responsible Automation“,  by Paul Grizzaffi


“Project Survivability:  Antifragile”, by Ryan Meinzer

Ryan-Meinzer-Project Survivability

“Old Dog, New Tricks“, by Doug Johnson


“DevQA Security Perf Ops”, by Tim Lyon