ErikGradineUnderstanding "Why"

Erik Gradine, CSM, CSPO

Program Manager



What makes “why”the Most Powerful Word in the English Language? We all work on projects:  from constructing buildings, to launching new products, to sustaining software releases. We almost always know "what" we are building.  Most of the time we understand "how" we are building it.  Yet we seldom have any concept of "why" we are building it. Understanding "why" will unlock the full potential of any project’s team!  Join us as we discuss this powerful word and get some insight into unlocking its ability to unleash the full productivity of our project teams.

 About the Presenter

Erik Gradine has worked for over 16 years at Trimble Navigation, holding roles as Software Engineer, Software Architect, Team Lead, and, now, Program Manager. He is a Certified SCRUM Master and Certified SCRUM Product Owner, along with training in Lean and TPS. He graduated from Oregon State University in 2000 with dual degrees in Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences. He is a father of twins, which has taught him, if he could survive twin toddlers, he could manage any project.


Date and Time:

Friday, February 16, 2018

Start Time: 12:00 pm

End Time: 1:30 pm



Corvallis Depot, 700 Washington Ave, Corvallis, OR.


Professional Development Units:

Presentation - 1 PDU.



Pizza (including vegetarian); salad and snacks buffet style


Non-Member Price


Member Discount


Unemployed, Student,

No Meal Discount


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