Topic: Agile Value Delivery Approach


Travis Anderson is a Project Controller for the Department of Interior (DOI) United States Geological Survey (USGS) Technical Support Services Contract (TSSC) with SGT, Inc. in Sioux Falls, SD. He has broad experience in program planning using traditional, Lean/Agile, and earned value management methods on projects that vary across Science, R&D, Operations, and Software Development type activities. He actively serves as the Director of Lean Agile Community of Practice (CoP) for the PMI Sioux Empire chapter.

This presentation identifies a consistent approach to planning and measuring performance for team insight into projects using agile value delivery. Traditionally projects that have fixed requirements and estimate cost and schedule will not use this approach. Typically agile projects have set costs and schedules, however the features become defined through an iterative process of clarity and discover using an agile framework.
Agile value delivery approach consists of the following objectives:
  • Provide a measured approach to investments that can vary over time by making continuous flow of value a focus
  • Accelerate product delivery with reliable results by engaging customers in frequent interactions and shared ownership
  • Enhance ability to manage changing priorities by expecting uncertainty and managing for it though sprints, anticipation, and adaptation
  • Enhance product quality by unleashing the creativity and innovation of individuals and creating an environment where they can make a difference
  • Increase productivity and boost performance through group accountability for results and shared responsibility for team effectiveness
  • Enhance delivery predictability by improving effectiveness and reliability through situational specific strategies, processes, and practices


Topic: How to Make Better Choices for You, Your Team, and Your Projects


Andy Kaufman, PMP, helps organizations around the world improve their ability to deliver projects and lead teams. His keynotes, workshops, and executive coaching services have reached tens of thousands of people from hundreds of companies, such as the United Nations, Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, and J.P. Morgan Chase. Andy helps people learn how to deliver their projects, become more confident leaders, and deliver results. Andy is the author of three books, and is the host of The People and Projects Podcast, which is a great source for free PDUs while learning from today’s top experts in leadership and project management. Learn more at 


Topic: Cyber Security and You

ShawnMendelShawn Mendel has been with EarthBend since 2000 and currently holds the position of Sr. Director of Engineering Services. He provides valuable leadership to the EarthBend Solution Engineers in Sioux Falls and works closely with EarthBend customers to design, deploy, integrate, and manage solutions.  He is also responsible for EarthBend’s internal IT operations and the operations of EarthBend’s data center where EarthBend provides cloud based solutions for their customers.

Each year businesses spend time and money on security solutions in an effort to protect the IT infrastructure they rely on to run their businesses.  These security solutions are deployed in layers, which include perimeter security, network security, endpoint security, application security, and data security.  With all this effort, there is still a very important layer that is commonly overlooked:  the user layer.  Users must understand their roles and responsibilities in safeguarding data and protecting the IT infrastructure.  Educating users is the only way to fill this security gap.  This presentation will provide you with understanding of the threat landscape and each user’s role in protecting the IT infrastructure.


Topic: Project Lessons Learned Panel


Andrea Miller, Project Manager, has over 12 years of project management experience in construction, information technology, and military operations.  Starting as a customer herself, she has a true respect for thoroughly understanding customer needs and the drive to deliver on them.  She has managed a variety of construction projects around the country and draws on this experience while setting projects up for sustainable success.  Andrea is a strong leader that focuses on the pre-construction phases to deliver projects on time and within budget, all while meeting the customer and design partner needs.


Shelly Lawrence is a Portfolio Manager with Sammons Financial Group.  She has also been a program and project manager as well as a trainer for over 20 years with a specific focus in Financial Services, Insurance, Legal, Compliance and Process Improvement.  In addition to her corporate work, Shelly is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has served in numerous leadership roles, including Project Manager for the PMI Practice Standard for Estimation, the Deputy Project Manager for the WBS Project Standard and the Component Mentor for Region 2.  Shelly holds a Bachelor's Degree from The Franciscan University (Ashford University), a Master’s Degree in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management and is a PMI certified Project Management Professional. She also holds the following designations: Fellow Life Management Institute (FLMI); Certified Toastmaster (CTM) and Advanced Leader (AL).  Shelly is relatively new to the Sioux Falls area, having moved here almost 2 years ago from Des Moines.  When she isn’t taking her son to sports practices, she enjoys reading, genealogy and exploring the area..


Jackie Austin is the Vice President of CRi.  She brings over 20 years of demonstrated technology expertise and leadership with proven results in creating and implementing unique service offerings for clients to support their changing environments and achieving strategic business objectives.  Jackie joined CRi in 2000 and oversees CRi’s Solutions Division.   She is successful in building strong partnerships with customers building technology solutions that align with customer business goals and have a high return on investment.   She leads highly motivated, results-oriented teams and specializes in the design of large project engagements.  Jackie is a graduate of the University of South Dakota with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Math with Business Administration.


Kendra Siemonsma has over 15 years of project management experience with emphasis on project office development and organizational change initiatives. She currently is the Director of the Project Management Office focused on strategic initiatives and formalizing the project management methodology at Midco. More recently Kendra held the position of Chief Project Manager at the City of Sioux Falls where she served as the project manager for the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center and the Midco Aquatic Center.  Kendra is an active member of the PMI Sioux Empire Chapter and currently serves as the Past President. She is a Community Impact volunteer for the Sioux Empire United Way and a board member of SURVIVEiT, a non-profit cancer organization. She is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and is PMP certified.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, mentoring, and spending time with family and friends. She resides in Sioux Falls with her husband Anthony and their three children.


Nate Fossell holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from South Dakota State University & a MS in Engineering from South Dakota State University. He was employed at Daktronics, Inc. from 1998-2013 in Large Sports Venue/Spectaculars, California/Rocky Mountain Region as Senior Project Manager.  He currently is a Senior Project Manager for Interstates Control Systems, Inc.

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