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Wed, May 27


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KanbanTO Meetup - May 27 2020

MAKING A DIFFERENCE WITH KANBAN. Join us for 3 lightning presentations by 4 dynamic speakers who are telling you their story of how they made a difference by using Kanban.

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KanbanTO Meetup - May 27 2020
KanbanTO Meetup - May 27 2020

Time & Location

May 27, 2020, 6:00 p.m. EDT

Online Meetup

About The Event

Our May meetup is all about making a difference with Kanban. We will have 3 lightning presentations by 4 dynamic speakers who are telling you their story of how they made a difference by using Kanban. After the presentations we will have the opportunity to do a Q&A and engage with the speakers. 

LIGHTNING TALK 1 - "Kanban – It’s Not Just About the Board" presented by Karen Powell, Manager, Delivery Capability Center at Fiserv. 


A conversation that I often have with my service owners and teams is about understanding the difference between The Kanban Method and the tool they use for visualizing their work and workflow.  People tend to revert to thinking about Kanban as work on a board and that is all. My lightning talk will be about the success we’ve seen when teams and service owners understand the Kanban Method and its general practices as a first step on their Kanban journey.  Our most successful teams are those who can differentiate the Method from the board. 


Karen Powell is a Project Management, Process Improvement, and Human Resources specialist who has a passion for helping organizations and people succeed by working with them to identify their strengths, develop their professional brand, and achieve continuous improvement and personal growth. Karen has over 25 years of experience in the engineering, software, and

pharmaceutical industries at companies such as Motorola, Adtran, JM Family Enterprises, and pharmaceutical start-up Alimera Sciences. She is best recognized for leading Agile and Kanban start-up teams, building operational organizations

from the ground up, managing software and hardware projects and teams, leading process engineering initiatives, and actively volunteering in the communities where she lives and works.

Karen has earned professional credentials as an Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT), Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Professional Project Manager (PMP), ITIL V3 Certified Practitioner from ITSM Academy, PHR in

Human Resources, and CCP in Compensation. Karen was awarded “Phenomenal Woman of North Fulton 2009” by the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), graduated from the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Leadership North

Fulton Class of 2008, served on The Drake House Board of Directors, and has served in various leadership capacities throughout the North Fulton community including current leadership roles serving PMI Atlanta Agile Forum and Fiserv WIL-imPACT (formerly named Women In Technology (WIT)). Karen holds a BA in Organizational Communication from Purdue University and an MS in Operations Management from The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

LIGHTNING TALK 2 - "WARNING: System Overburdened" presented by Shuman Ip, Director, Portfolio Delivery at Autotrader


COVID-19 has impacted us all, but it also introduced some opportunities for change. This lightning talk is about how COVID-19 magnified problems in our upstream work, how we utilized Kanban to quickly alleviate our pain points, and how we are planning to ensure the new processes and practices are sticky post COVID-19


Shuman is the Director of Portfolio Delivery and in-house Kanban Management Consultant at He is accountable for all digital deliveries in Toronto, Canada., as well as responsible for elevating autoTrader’s maturity in delivering business outcomes as a whole. Throughout his career, he has worn multiple hats in the service delivery workflow – Developer, Software Engineering in Test, Product Manager, Service Delivery Manager, and Agile Coach. On top of digital services, Shuman has also helped non-digital services (e.g. Organizational Portfolio, Marketing, Customer Experience) on Kanban system design to help provide fitter services to their customers. Shuman holds the Accredited Kanban Consultant accreditation, recognized by Kanban University for his top expertise in the Kanban Method

LIGHTNING TALK 3 - "Making a difference with Kanban at Nulogy" presented by Jessica Liu, Director of Product Management and Gillian Lee, Director of Delivery Coaching, both from Nulogy.


Join Jessica and Gillian on their journey of making a difference with Kanban at Nulogy. We will share our experiences of introducing Kanban practices: what motivated us to adopt Kanban, what outcomes we’re seeing, what keeps us going and what we’re still working through. 


Jessica is the Director of Product Management at Nulogy. Her goal is to determine how to successfully achieve the business vision with the appropriate product strategy and roadmap. Jessica leads a team of product managers to define and deliver products that delight their customers. Jessica has over 15 years of product management experience working in both the B2B and B2C space.

Gillian is the Director of Delivery Coaching at Nulogy, where she works with teams and leaders to find better ways of working and achieve better delivery outcomes. Gillian is co-author of Professional Coaching for Agilists to be published by Pearson in 2020 and a regular speaker at local and international Agile events. 

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