2020 IT SYMPOSIUM
November 11, 18, and 25, 2020, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. CST
Great Virtual Meetings: Mindset, Skills and Tools for High-Impact Meetings, Gatherings & Conversations, presented by Patricia Neal and Craig Neal
Meeting design and personal presence are more than 50% of any great virtual meeting.
What is the “secret sauce” of any meeting? YOU. Who you are, as you lead or gather or connect with the people in your life.
What is the “secret sauce” of a great virtual meeting? The ART OF CONVENING, the technology of relationships + your virtual meeting platform of choice, to maximize the technology of connectivity.
November 18 and 19, 2020, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. CST
Project Management for the Beginner: The Minimum You Need to Know to Thrive (Part 1 and Part 2), presented by Joe Perzel
Whether you and your boss have made a conscious decision to have you manage a project, or it happened organically, you now need to do more than develop workflows, functional design specs, screen mock-ups or create other BA artifacts. In addition to doing your analysis work you now need to lead your project so what does that mean? This presentation will discuss the basics for successfully delivering a project on-time, on-budget within the desired scope, as well as the keys to working with your sponsor, what artifacts are really needed, and which can be conceptional, as well as building a right-sized plan for your project.
December 1, 2020, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST
Essential Skills of Effective Change Makers, presented by Johanna Hernandez
How do we keep up with the speed of change and address increasingly complex challenges in our communities? We empower people to pause and use simple, yet powerful problem-solving skills to efficiently and effectively move through uncertainty. Even though the challenges and opportunities we face can be enormously complex, the skills we adopt to achieve deep impact can be streamlined and simplified. The skills encompass the essential elements of human-centered design, rapid experimentation, and agile practices in order to help change makers and organizations create deeper impact.
In this hands-on workshop, attendees will get a chance to practice five key skills that have transformed the way the City of Tucson solves problems. These skills can help cities know what ideas to pursue in an environment of numerous diverse stakeholders, constrained resources, and unpredictable demographic, economic, and political shifts. Attendees will work through individual and small group exercises and participate in discussion of real world application through the lens of the City’s journey and lessons learned over the last few years of deploying these new skills to address multiple vexing challenges.
December 2 and 4, 2020, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. CST
Designing Better Outcomes Using Qualitative Research, presented by Kristina Woodburn and Jeanette Carrell
How can qualitative research methods help an organization design the right product or service? Whether you are building software or working to improve services across channels, Human-Centered Design is a framework that helps keep your users at the center of the process. In this pre-conference workshop, you’ll learn how to gain empathy for your users and align on their true needs so you can design products and services they will love.
December 4, 2020, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.* CST
Cyber Exercises for Organizational Resiliency, NUARI featuring the DECIDE® Platform, presented by Phil Susmann
NUARI will construct a simulated cybersecurity event exercise, featuring the DECIDE® Platform, for the participants of the session to experience an incident response practice. Participants will experience multiple sets of information, official documents, email and chat communications, and questions to answer as the exercise simulation unfolds over the course of 2 hours. Once this exercise is complete, NUARI will cover the results of the exercise with a review of the raw data, how to utilize the data to build the after-action report, and how to utilize the after action report for best practice implementation for organization resiliency against a cyber-event, and how to stayed prepared.
*Register by November 18
If you are
a MNIT employee, please adhere to your department’s instructions for registering as an approved MNIT attendee.
2020 IT SYMPOSIUM
GENERAL CONFERENCE SESSIONS
The Government IT Symposium sessions have been organized in the following five Session Tracks (topic areas). Choose to follow one track for the conference, or create your own unique learning journey! Click the buttons for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday to view that day’s sessions on the Government IT Symposium’s Virtual Event Platform.
Sessions will continue to be added and/or changed, so please check back regularly for updates.
About GTS Educational Events
If you are a nonprofit or public sector group looking to create a conference, workshop or educational event with impact, look to GTS. We believe educational events are successful when participants learn and grow and then return to their organizations and communities to make them stronger. We look forward to continuing our work with the broad spectrum of organizations striving to make a difference for the people and communities they serve.
2020 Steering Committee
Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Bill Bleckwehl, Cisco
Dave Andrews, DEED
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Hallmentum
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Nathan Beran, City of New Ulm
Sue Wallace, CompTIA Tech
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Cory Tramm, Sourcewell Tech
Glen Gilbertson, Hennepin County
Chad Kummrow, Microsoft