20190213 PMI Chicagoland Chapter Dinner Meeting

February 13, 2019
5:30 PM CST - 8:30 PM CST
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Carlisle Banquets
435 E Butterfield Rd
Lombard, IL 60148
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                                      Rick Brenner

Title of Presentation: 
Technical Debt Management: Making the business case

Strategic and Business Management


Rick Brenner is principal of Chaco Canyon Consulting. He works with people in dynamic problem-solving organizations that are making products so novel or complex that they need state-of-the-art teamwork and stronger relationships among their people. In his 30 years as a software developer, project manager, software development manager, entrepreneur, consultant, and coach, he has developed valuable insights into the interactions between people in complex dynamic environments, and between people and the media in which they work.

Over a period of seven years, he attended or assisted in numerous workshops under Jerry Weinberg, Dani Weinberg, and Jean McLendon. It was during this period that he acquired his skills in designing and facilitating experiential education. He was a founding member of the AYE Conference.

He serves as the facilitator and group administrator for a discussion group he created at Office Politics, Workplace Politics, and Organizational Politics (900+ membership).

Mr. Brenner holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT. He is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the Boston Software Process Improvement Network, and the Agile New England Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery.  

His current interests focus on improving personal and organizational effectiveness in abnormal situations, such as dramatic change, enterprise emergencies, and high-pressure project environments.  


Technical debt is more than mere IT jargon. It’s a metaphor that refers to the accumulation of technical artifacts that really ought to be retired, replaced, re-written, re-implemented, or, if absent, created. We can find technical debt in al-most any system, including those that seem to be working well. So what’s the problem?

The problem is the “interest charges.” Systems carrying technical debt are more difficult to maintain, more difficult to extend or enhance, and more difficult to use, than they would be if we “retired” the debt.

This engaging and eye-opening program points the way to a path that leads your organization out of technical debt, to make it more adaptable, more transformable, and more agile.

Who Should Attend?  Enterprise leaders, thought leaders, and project leaders, business analysts, and project team members. All levels of experience can benefit. There are insights aplenty not only for people who work directly with technology project teams, but also for policy makers who want to better understand the costs and consequences of technical debt.                                                                                                            

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$40.00 Member Ticket

$55.00 Non-PMI Chicagoland Chapter Member