Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Have a story to tell?

NY SPIN is bringing back our 10 Minute Madness event, moderated by Richard Kuper. Participate. Encourage. Help.

Details and speaker list (so far) below.

NY SPIN is pleased that hosting sponsor ThoughtWorks will be hosting this event. 

Discount ends @ 5pm 4/27. Full price after that.

Directions are at the end of this notice.

Topic:April Madness
Presenter(s):Jeanne Boyarsky
Jenny Zhang
Prof. David Klappholz

Moderated by Richard Kuper
Date:April 28, 2015

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April Madness

We are bringing back our 10 Minute Madness event. 

Here's how it works:

  • Do you have a process-related success story you'd like to share?

  • Do you have a process related horror story you'd like to share?

  • Are you looking for some help with a current process-related situation?

  • Perhaps you have another topic to suggest.

You will have exactly 10 minutes to make your presentation. That includes any questions and answers. Presentations will be timed. At the 10 minute mark, the timer (a volunteer from the audience) will stand up and start clapping and you must stop, even in mid-sentence. We then move on to the next speaker.

If you've been to one of these in the past, you know how much fun these are and how interesting these are because everyone has a different story.

If there is time at the end, we will open the floor for additional questions for any of the presenters.

We typically have around 4 - 5 presenters, but select more as backups, because sometimes stuff happens and someone can't make it at the last minute.

You have something you want to talk about, right? Then why not be one of the presenters? Don't be shy. It's only 10 minutes -- and we are a supportive group of folks.

So send your proposed topic and brief outline to Your submission will be evaluated. If clarification is needed, you will be contacted. If your submission makes it to the top 5, you will be invited to speak and will attend for free. If you are selected as an alternate and you end up giving a presentation, we'll create a special code for you to attend a future NY SPIN event for free. (That will be provided via email some time after the event.)

Please start sending your submissions now to

And whether you are a presenter or not:
  • Come for the information. 
  • Come for the networking. 
  • Come for the refreshments. 
  • Come for the door prizes .

Speakers & Topics:

Jeanne Boyarsky: Illustrating self organization and collective ownership

Jenny Zhang: What is the value of Lean UX processes?

Professor David Klappholz: Contrasting 2 Software Development Processes



Jeanne Boyarsky is a developer and and Scrum Master at a large bank in NYC. In her free time, she moderates and works on the website giving her exposure to both large and small projects. She also wrote her first book this year (OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide) which was a surprisingly iterative experience as well.

Jenny Zhang is a UX designer and researcher practicing Lean and Agile processes, with a build-measure-learn mantra. She has worked on big data products and platforms at series C funded companies with about 250 employees. Jenny comes from an account planning and qualitative research background, along with a fine art background. She received her BA from Stanford University.

Prof. David Klappholz has a BS in math and linguistics from MIT, an MSEE in Computer and Information Science from Penn, and a PhD in Computer and Information Science from Penn. Before he began teaching at Stevens, he taught at Columbia and at Brooklyn Polytech. He has been involved in industry and government funded research on parallel computing architecture, automatic code parallelization, and CS education research.

Richard Kuper (tonight's moderator) is a seasoned business and technology professional and a Certified Six Sigma YB. He is the Team Lead of the Technical Communications, Learning and Development team at Fiserv's Investment Services division. He is President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of NY SPIN. He manages multiple websites, such as and Much less frequently than he once did, Richard occasionally finds time to write and publish articles about business and technology at Richard is also an amateur photographer.

In the business world, Richard has worn many hats over the years.
Job titles and roles have included Computer Programmer, Business Analyst, Trainer, Technical Support, Programming Manager, Quality Assurance Tester, Quality Assurance Manager, Business & Technology Consultant, Mentor, Liaison, Troubleshooter, Presenter, Moderator, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board.

Richard is also the longest, continuously active member of NY SPIN and its predecessor organization.

Richard and the other NY SPIN Board members are looking forward to the interesting stories you have to tell, so please send your proposals to:


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(Sorry. No refunds for cancellation, but you'll be giving someone else a chance to register if registration is still open).


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PATH to 33rd Street


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