“Wait, you work where?”- Lessons and Challenges of “Distributed” IT Product/Project Management – Live Session

Conference Session


Description

Jeff will provide insights and perspectives from his experience leading enterprise IT efforts from a position outside of central IT at the university. He will share examples of the many challenges, some successes, and major lessons he learned by leading IT efforts from “over there” – from the distributed IT context.

Learn about effective strategies for “leading from where you are at” and the key role intentional relationship building, community building, and collaboration play in achieving personal, professional, and mission goals as a distributed IT leader working on enterprise-scale strategy and initiatives that cross-cut organizational boundaries.


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IT Talks Technical: What & Why Now? – Live Session

Conference Session


Description

The IT field is moving towards removing offensive terms from IT language and replacing them with more inclusive terms. The IT Talks Technical team is tasked with collecting, recommending, and publishing a list of terms that are offensive and their alternative terms that are more accurate and less offensive. This session will introduce the work of the IT Talks Technical team, and discuss the importance of using more inclusive language in our work and invite discussion and input from attendees.


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IT Policy Bootcamp – Live Session

Conference Session


Description

Join the campus Policy Planning & Analysis Team (PAT) for resources and information on the who, what, when, where, why and how of policy and the IT Policy process at UW-Madison. Learn how policy can assist you in your respective IT roles and how to get involved in the process.

Expect to gain a deeper understanding of why policy is important, the components that make up a successful policy and what information is included in a policy document. In addition, attendees will gain an understanding of what information is included and the purpose of supporting policy documents including policy standards, guidelines, procedures, and implementation plans. Finally, attendees will walk away with an understanding of why their voice is important in the policy process, how policy assists in supporting their work and how to get involved in current and/or future policy initiatives.

Basic knowledge of campus IT Policies beneficial, but not required.

The last 15 minutes of this session will also be open for Q&A about the Pre-Recorded Session: IT Policy – What’s Hot and in the Hopper


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Considering the True Cost of Every Website/Webapp

Pre-Recorded Session


Live Q&A

Friday, June 4th, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm


Description
There are lots of things to consider for estimating a true cost of a website or webapp. We will be reviewing some considerations that impact the long-term cost and maintainability of your website or webapp. We give you a checklist to review so you understand if you’re heading down a path to an expensive future with that new website/webapp that you want to create, and some tips on how to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO). Learn evaluation tools that will help you get a website/webapp with a lower cost of long-term ownership.


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Passage to Extremistan: Lessons from Robust and Antifragile Systems

Pre-Recorded Session


Live Q&A

Friday, June 4th, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm


Description

Based on the Incerto series of books by Lebanese-American author Nassim Taleb this session discusses the properties of a normal distribution and how it is a useful tool for predicting and planning in the world of “Mediocristan” the world of coin flips and human height. However, it is easy to confuse that world with the fat-tailed distributions of “Extremistan” the world of wealth and app sales which make things fragile to black swan events. Next, we’ll introduce a spectrum; on one end is fragility; things that are weak to volatility (teacups, highly specialized tools). In the middle is robustness; things indifferent to volatility (a stone, T-bills). On the other end would be antifragility; things that gain from disorder (muscles, technological innovations). We’ll end with a discussion of some tools to help identify and leverage antifragile systems.


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Fighting Inbox Overwhelm by Hacking Project Communication

Pre-Recorded Session


Live Q&A

Friday, June 4th, 2:30 – 3:00 pm – This Live Q&A was not recorded


Description

Do you dread opening your inbox? Feel like you’re drowning in messages? Yeah, me, too. My goal is to share what I’ve learned from Cal Newport’s new book, A World Without Email, and in the Q&A to have a discussion of our best project communication hacks. I’ll share a few of my favorites in this pre-recorded session.


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SharePoint Library for Continuity of Instruction Resources

Pre-Recorded Session


Live Q&A

From Friday, June 4th, 8:45 – 9:15 am


Description

This presentation maintains that SharePoint as a collaborative tool provides an effective online solution for digital curation and sharing of resources to meet the information needs of instructional design communities across campus. Furthermore, it provide tips, tricks and best practices to effectively implement a SharePoint Resource Library with MS Teams using collaborative project management strategies.

After completing this presentation, participants will be able to: Identify the steps for implementing a SharePoint Library. Recognize how a SharePoint Library organizes information. Access a SharePoint Library from MS Teams. Reflect on Project Management best practices for implementing a collaborative project.

It may be useful to have knowledge and experience with MS Teams, SharePoint and MS Office applications.


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IT Policy – What’s Hot and in the Hopper (Flash Talk)

Live Q&A Information

  • The last 15 minutes of the session “IT Policy Bootcamp” on Thursday, June 3rd, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm will be dedicated to Q&A from this flash talk.

Description

Those who watch this session will be provided with updates on current IT Policies in development at UW-Madison and upcoming policies for AY2021-2022. Attendees will also be provided with contact information if they wish to request additional information or are interested in participating on current or upcoming policy initiatives.

Basic knowledge of campus IT Policies beneficial, but not required.


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User Groups – Combining Community and Technology in Higher Education

Pre-Recorded Session


Live Q&A

Friday, June 4th, 11:00 – 11:30 am


Description

This presentation discusses the user groups led by the Office of Cybersecurity Testing and Cyber Defense team in collaboration with the campus community. In 2019, the first Firewall User Group meeting was held to support campus firewall administrators. Following that successful example, AMP and Qualys user groups started and have been gaining significant momentum of campus participation. One of the strategies we take is the creation of community engagement for mutual support. Campus IT administrators are expected to use numerous technical tools in their role, and many admins have different skill sets and backgrounds. As such, distributed IT can lead to distributed pockets of knowledge, with different groups possessing different skill sets. User groups seek to bridge that knowledge gap to allow admins to coordinate with one another effectively, share information, report problems, and brainstorm new ideas. User Groups can provide engagement of subject experts such as Network engineers, Server administrators and Security engineers to share their expertise to help facilitate campus community engagement. At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to learn about the User Groups, tips for successful User Group meetings, benefit of participating in the User Group meetings as well as latest topics and discussions.

Participants will be able to learn about the User Groups, tips for successful User Group meetings, benefit of participating in the User Group meetings as well as latest topics and discussions.


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