Friday, April 24, 2015

NY SPIN: April 28: April Madness - updated speaker list

Join NY SPIN on April 28th for another great event. Come support our speakers and hear their stories. You don't want to miss this event. 

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

Gordon Adelsberg
Neal Conlon

Moderated by Richard Kuper
Date:April 28, 2015

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April Madness

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

Gordon Adelsberg: Process and People: It's Complicated

Neal Conlon: The product guy, the marketing guy, and the sales guy, all walk into the meeting
Here's how the event will unfold:

Each speaker will have exactly 10 minutes to make their 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 the speaker 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 questions for any of the presenters.

If you'd like to be a backup speaker, send your proposed topic and brief outline to 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.)

Come for the information. Come for the networking. Come for the refreshments. Come for the door prizes.


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.

Gordon Adelsberg is a veteran management consultant, educator and entrepreneur. He is currently CEO of Communication for Geeks. Gordon holds degrees from Cornell University, NC State and Penn State, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Six Sigma Black Belt. Many times he has seen well-intentioned managers fail to thoroughly understand the problem they’re attempting to solve, and end up acutally creating many more. The lessons he has learned in process improvement consulting can be applied to any field, especially software.

Neal Conlon is a product owner, a project manager, and a trusted adviser. A content and data driven solution architect with a background in solution development of technology, data, and business case creation. Neal has a project management background and likes to laugh when he tells people he runs Shore Group Associates business development efforts and can blow most sales teams away. Neal believes that product and marketing must converge together and to be successful you must have the right tools in place for lead generation, nurturing, and agile marketing practices. Neal is passionate about the life cycle of customer engagement and creating a solution that can scale. Neal has a PMP and is a Scrum Master. He received his BA from University of Texas and spent 10 years as a US Marine.

Richard Kuper (event 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 And, much less frequently than he once did, Richard occasionally finds time to write and publish articles about business and technology at

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.


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6 to 28th Street
N, R to 28th Street

1 to 28th Street 
PATH to 33rd Street


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