June 6 I.T. op-ex session kicks off summer event slate

The summer event season at The Ohio State University Center for Operational Excellence is kicking off next month with the return of a popular series focusing on the application of op-ex principles in the technology space.

COE’s June 6 I.T. Leadership Network forum will feature Joe Astolfi (pictured, immediate right), Agile Transformation Lead at Columbus-based American Electric Power, and Josh Goodwin (pictured, far right), Operation Performance and Transformation Project Manager at AEP, presenting “When Lean and Agile Converge: The I.T. Transformation at AEP.” At the company, a multi-year lean transformation has made its way into the company’s I.T. function, where teams also practice Agile techniques. And while leveraging both disciplines has helped create a flexible, responsive organization built on continuous improvement, it also has generated no shortage of challenges.

Astolfi and Goodwin will show how they’ve worked to reconcile both practices in the corporate culture with the common goal of creating great, sustainable processes. This morning networking and learning session is recommended for anyone, inside or outside their organization’s IT function, seeking to better understand the intersection of lean and Agile principles and those who encounter or use the practices on a daily basis. It’s also one of the few events each year that we open to non-members at no additional cost. Registration is available here.

A few weeks before the ITLN session, COE’s first Women’s Leadership in Action event of 2018 takes place on May 23, featuring author and former healthcare executive Janet Smith Meeks. This event, open exclusively to COE members, is at capacity and on a waitlist.

Later in June, COE kicks off Fisher’s multi-center summer sessions, which are focusing on how digital technology is changing the customer experience (June 27) and demands on employee skill (Aug. 8). Registration for the June summer session will launch the week of May 21.

Check out details on these events and others on COE’s website

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