Plaster Group was delighted to participate in another successful Agile Open Northwest at Seattle center. AONW is an annual open space conference giving Agile practitioners a place to discuss ideas, challenges, and techniques. This year the theme was “Stories Form the Frontier” and diversity of the sessions was incredible, including topics like:
Plaster Group is again proud to sponsor Agile Open NW. And, Plaster Group Agile consultant Aki Namioka is co-chairing this conference. Look for us at our table Feb 5-7th at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall! Find out more about this year’s Seattle conference.
Plaster Group’s Supply Chain Social group hosted its first meetup of the new year at Seapine Brewing Company in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood. We had great conversation about supply chain maturity, aligning certification content with university coursework and of course, Blockchain and Hashgraph!
Plaster Group’s Joe Wilson and Brian Decker attended “Start-Up Seattle: Lessons Learned from the Seattle 10” last night at MOHAI. It was a panel event lead by John Cook, co-founder of GeekWire. The audience received raw advice from Seattle Start-Up leaders Chase Jarvis (CreativeLive), Kristen Hamilton (Koru), Avni Patel Thompson, and Mike McSherry.
Last month, nearly 2,900 people packed into McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center to discuss how Seattle is growing and evolving. The event was the 8th annual TEDx Seattle. The theme of this year’s TEDx was “Changing Places” to represent the cultural, economic, and physical changes that the city has been experiencing and what others are doing to shape these changes for a positive future. The day was segmented into four parts; 1) Changing the Game 2) Changing the Future 3) Changing the Intolerable 4) Changing the Human Spirit. If you weren’t able to make it, check out some videos of featured talks here. Topics include: How architectural design affects your brain, bio-inspired engineering, and asteroid/space exploration for resources.
Plaster Group is honored to have sponsored Seattle’s ROOTS Young Adult Shelter fundraiser Rise Up for the 5th year running, celebrating ROOTS’ anniversary as an 18 year-old organization. It has been wonderful to watch this event grow from its inauguration. In the face of rising concerns over Seattle’s homeless crisis, it is incredibly important to support organizations like Roots. Please visit the ROOTS website to find out more about how you can volunteer or contribute in other ways.
by Heather Smith, Plaster Group Consultant “It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best.” -W. Edwards Deming
by Mike Fernandez, Sr. Business Intelligence Consultant Book Overview In “Getting Naked”, Patrick Lencioni presents a consulting approach that maximizes value to the client while emphasizing the role of a consultant as a true servant to the client company. He does this by relating a story of how Jack, a senior consultant at Kendrick and Black (K&B), is pushed into a completely different company culture at K&H’s recently acquired company Lighthouse Partners (Lighthouse). Jack has had a somewhat adversarial relationship with Lighthouse in the past and he is not initially interested in learning about or applying their methods.
One of the most popular suggestions to improve our workplace environment on last year’s employee satisfaction survey? That Plaster Group should volunteer our time somewhere as a team. So we took our consultants up on their suggestion and did just that. Did you know 1 in 5 Washingtonians relies on their local food bank? This Saturday, Plaster Group consultants and their families were warmly welcomed by Northwest Harvest, the only nonprofit food bank distributor operating statewide in Washington. With a network of 375 food banks, Northwest Harvest is able to feed a family of three a nutritional meal with only 67 cents due to the work provided by volunteers. We had a great time getting a mountain of beans packaged through coordination and teamwork!
Plaster Group has been a finalist on the Puget Sound Business Journal’s WA Best Places to Work three times, and last Thursday we were recognized as the second best medium-sized company to work for in Washington. We are very proud of this distinction as we consistently seek to serve our Consultants, our Clients, and the Community. Read more about why we are one Washington’s Best Places to Work here!