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How to Facilitate a Retrospective

Speakers: Stephanie Ahles, Trainer and Facilitator, HueLife and Angie Asa-Lovstad, Trainer, Facilitator, and Coach, HueLife

Have you been asked to conduct a project retrospective and are unsure of where to start? Or are you a new Scrum Master and unsure of what goes into facilitating sprint retrospectives? If you answered yes, this workshop is for you. This interactive workshop will provide you with a proven approach to preparing productive project retrospectives – especially in a virtual environment.

Human-Centered Design for Inclusive & Empathetic Resident Services

Speakers: Gorham Palmer, Distinguished Designer, IBM and Sarah Preputnik, Associate Design Director, IBM

Human centered design offers a powerful mechanism to bring an outside-in perspective that builds alignment while accelerating progress toward meaningful outcomes. Engage in an interactive discussion about how these practices can not only help envision a future state desirable to your residents, but how they can be used to build on successful practices and capabilities in place today that are essential for demonstrating rapid results.

We explore keys that make Enterprise Design Thinking successful, provide examples of the framework in action, and work with participants to develop their own ideas around key priorities for human-centered design. Participants will leave with pathways to continue their journey applying this framework to solve complex problems that will provide the foundation for more equitable, inclusive, and empathetic government services.

Flexibility in Strategic Planning – Responding to Changing Organizational Needs

Speakers: Julie Baker, IT Strategic Analyst, Hennepin County
Charles Lynn Windhorst, IT Manager Strategic Planning, Hennepin County Information Technology

We’ve learned many things over the last year, including that change will continue at a rapid pace. Linear strategic planning processes that take years to complete and implement no longer match the speed of technology and organization changes.

The Hennepin County IT Strategy Management team modified its planning process to be more nimble by utilizing short-term, mid-term and long-term planning activities to help IT leaders manage resources and strategy progress, while ensuring IT has the flexibility to shift work to the county’s top priorities. We’ve incorporated agile techniques into our process to help us adapt through each year, in response to changing needs in the organization.

This session will cover our strategy management playbook and the activities we use to manage short, mid and long-term planning needs.

Project Implementation: Making Accessibility a Priority from Start to Finish

Speakers: Kim Wee, Webmaster and Digital Accessibility Coordinator, Minnesota IT Services partnering with Education
Tamara Williams, Project Manager, Minnesota IT Services partnering with Education
Courtney Petrosky, Project Management Supervisor, Minnesota IT Services partnering with Education

It’s important to consider accessibility throughout the entire design and development process for seamless integration into web projects. Join the MNIT@Education team as they share how accessibility was incorporated in a project, from beginning to end. Find out how they worked with an external vendor to make sure best practices were applied during accessibility testing and challenges they encountered.

Weaponization of Social Media

Speaker: Mary Frantz, CISO at Enterprise Knowledge Partners, LLC

This session will review the increase in cyberattacks, and level of sophistication, as social media manipulates human behavior to ignite harmful attacks on individuals and Enterprise networks. The session will cover how social media apps are used to steal credentials, followed by a simulated demonstration of how to inject login info, and a simulation of how attackers accumulate use data scraped or stolen from social media. Finally the session will conclude with how to mitigate cyber attacks through user training and the development of specific policies on internet blocking and mobile device management.

Strengthening Minnesota Counties Cyber Security Posture

Speaker: Kevin Ford, Former Chief Information Security Officer, State of North Dakota

North Dakota leads the nation in energy, agriculture, and unmanned aerial systems – all of which require secure IT infrastructure. As a priority for the state, cybersecurity has been at the forefront of a unified IT strategy. Watch to learn more!

Your Users are Cave People, But Don’t Hold That Against Them

Speaker: John Nerge, GIS Coordinator, City of Brooklyn Park

Whether we’re providing user support or building a custom application, we’re all practicing design. But how much do we really know about design? In this presentation, we’ll discuss what exactly design is and how we can apply universal concepts to everything from building a chair to developing an online customer service portal. Watch to learn more!

Unifying Cybersecurity Across 7 Branches of Government

Speaker: Stacy Kaiser, SOC Supervisor, MNIT

Phishing. Hacktivism. Solarwinds. Kaseya. Cyber threats are evolving rapidly, and we need to work together and share resources to successfully tackle them. Through a new grant-funded service, available to participating Minnesota counties, port cities and tribes, MNIT Security Operations Center (SOC) team and the Threat and Vulnerability Management Unit (TVMU) are collaborating to offer help in detecting, responding, and remediating new & emerging cyber threats.

Super Simple Ways to Panic a Pentester

Speaker: Brian Johnson, President, 7 Minute Security

Attackers and pentesters get giddy when they rip apart our networks, crack passwords, exploit systems and escalate privileges. The good news for us is there are a number of easy and free things we can do — using group policies, some open source tools and a couple of Raspberry Pis — to make their jobs much more difficult. Don’t miss this presentation to see live demonstrations of tools and techniques, and walk away knowing how to effectively and repeatedly panic your next pentester.

Everyone Needs a Little Automation

Speaker: Jason Rist, Senior Technical Account Manager

Automation is an invaluable tool. We use it daily to do a variety of things from building our personal workstations, to setting up all matter of demos, to provisioning workshops for the public. Throughout this session, we will explore how to set up and learn basic ansible, while covering multiple examples of enterprise automation.

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