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Welcome to the Portland Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM)

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Join us October 14th for our monthly meeting and presentation: 

Overview of Agile in the Enterprise: What works? What doesn’t? Why?

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When reflecting on her career, Diana Larsen might be tempted to say, “I’ve worked with Agile. Agile is a friend of mine, and if she visits your enterprise, she might say “you are not Agile.” Getting the benefits of Agile depends on sticking with the practices and mindsets, and making the wise investments. First, we’ll discover what makes Agile tick. Second, we’ll examine which Agile Fluency™ position ( ) offers the benefits you need. Third, what investments and tradeoffs will get you there. And, last, you’ll can choose the approach that will be the best fit for you. Here’s the bad news: there’s no perfect method. Here’s the good news: some will be a better fit than others. In this talk, we’ll dig through the confusion and help you think through the options.



Diana Larsen
FutureWorks Consulting LLC,
Project Management Program, Portland State University  
Deeply in tune with how work teams adapt, develop, and perform, Diana Larsen works with organizations around the world to design high performance work systems, improve project team effectiveness, and support leaders and enterprises in their transitions to Agile methods. Diana co-founded FutureWorks Consulting LLC and is considered an authority in the areas of Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile adoption. She draws on 20+ years of working with technical professionals to coach managers on their role in a changing workplace and leads system-wide groups in collaborative thinking and planning for agile adoptions. 

Ms Larsen is co-author of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great; Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects; Quickstart Guide to Five Rules for Accelerated Learning; and co-originator of the breakthrough “Your Path through Agile Fluency” model at .  

A respected contributor to her professional community, she served for eight years as a director and chair of the Agile Alliance board, and currently serves as a board member of Organization Design Forum, Agile Open Northwest, and as an Associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute.

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Regional Leadership Forum

Learn more about RLF

SIM's Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) is an intensive, ten-month leadership development program focused on creating authentic leaders. Since 1992 over 3500 graduates and more than 300 sponsors have found RLF the key to developing leadership effectiveness.

We are now actively recruiting for the class of 2013. We encourage you to take advantage of the early bird pricing, which ends Nov. 30, 2012. 


Register on SIM National's site


Watch the following 3-minute YouTube RLF video and you will hear, RLF is a life changing experience!

Your facilitator team is Bob Rouse and Ed Trainor, giving you a strong combination of practitioner and academic with tons of leadership experience.

To give you greater insight into RLF, we are hosting a Virtual Taste of RLF :
For more information contact:

Current plans have the 2013 dates/locations as follows:
  • March 12-13, 2013, Seattle
  • April 23-24, 2013, Portland
  • June 11-12, 2013, Seattle
  • July 23-24, 2013, Portland
  • September 3-4, 2013, Seattle
  • October 15-16, 2013, Portland

RLF Fees

Who Before
Dec.1, 2012
Nov.30, 2012
SIM Member $7,750 $8,250
Non-SIM Member $8,350 $8,850
All prices include admission to SIMposium 2013 in Boston.
An additional $995 value.

Hear why Brian Irvine, Vice President, Chief Information Officer at Unitus Community Credit Union, values RLF


We Asked for Your Support . . . And You Responded!

In partnership with the Business Education Compact, 63 SIM-PDX representatives teamed with our scholarship recipients and other students from OSU, OIT, UofP, and WSU-Vancouver to present information about IT careers to 3,727 middle and high school students in 121 classes. Many thanks to our volunteers and, in particular, to Pradeep Kumar for championing this worthwhile program on behalf of the Chapter. 


Your 2015-2016 Board Members


President: David Kaplin

President Elect: Pradeep Kumar

Secretary: Bud Borja

Treasurer: Wilfred Wu

Assistant Treasurer: Alicia Anderson

Education Director: Jay Compton

Events Director: Lisa Harper

Marketing Director: Dana Jiacoletti

Membership Director: Mark Wehrmeister

Program Director: Bill Ketrenos