PMI Willamette Valley Chapter

Dec 2019 Corvallis Lunch Meeting

Dec 2019 Corvallis Lunch Meeting

Control your Backlog, Control your Sanity


There are thousands of good ideas, and only the bandwidth to address an extremely small fraction of them. Requests for new features and improvements constantly come in at a rate that far exceeds team throughput.

Find out how one small change, putting a hard cap on our backlog size, and the resulting process improvements it sparked, changed a team of "obstructionist do-nothings" into the super stars of the organization. I will layout the history of the problem, the failed attempts to turn to the team around, and the magical moment of clarity that turned everything around, and how this simple change was applied to other teams with similar results.

Get control of your backlog, before it get's control of you!

Register normally, or bring 3 food items instead of the normal registration fee. Just choose "Pay at the door" and bring in 3 food items which will be donated to a local food bank at the end of the meeting.

Event Properties

Event Date 12-20-2019 12:00 pm
Event End Date 12-20-2019 1:30 pm
Registration Start Date 11-15-2019 8:00 am
Capacity 36
Cut off date 12-20-2019 2:00 pm
Individual Price $15.00, or bring 3 items for the food bank!
Location Corvallis Depot


12:15pm - 1:15pm


Control your Backlog

11:45am - 12:00pm

Meeting check-in

Attendees arrive for check-in and registration, network with other PMI members

12:00pm - 12:15pm


Attendees get lunch and Corvallis Branch leadership provides announcements.

1:15pm - 1:30pm


Final Q&A, follow-up networking with attendees.


Erik Gradine

Program Manager

Erik Gradine has worked for over 18 years at technology field, holding roles from Software Engineer, Software Architect, Team Lead, and now Program Manager. He currently manages several internationally distributed hardware development teams for Handheld Group, AB. 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. A proud proponent of Agile software development, Erik relishes in living on the knife's edge between a smoothly working Agile team and complete chaos. As a father of twins, he has learned, if he could survive twin toddlers, he could manage any project.

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