Agile Myths vs Reality

by Aki Namioka, Sr. Agile Consultant

Watch this video to see how some common beliefs about Agile development stack up against its realities.

Plaster Group Attends PMI SeminarsWorld®

Plaster Group’s Alyssa Palmer attended PMI SeminarsWorld® April 9th and 10th in Seattle, WA. SeminarsWorld is “a collection of small group, in-person training courses held in cities across the United States and immediately following PMI® EMEA Congress. The workshops are designed to meet individual and organizational needs.” Alyssa participated in the Advanced Project Quality and Lean Six Sigma two day training given by Drexel University’s Frank Anbari, PhD. Through this training Alyssa is now Yellow Belt Certified.

The training focused on:

• Six Sigma Method
• The Kaizen Cycle and Gemba Kaizen
• Statistical Control Charts
• Organizing for effective implementation of Six Sigma


March 2018 Supply Chain Social

Plaster Group’s Supply Chain Social hosted its monthly meetup at Two Beers Brewing Co. in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood. The group had great conversations about continuing education in supply chain, ERP implementations, purchasing best practices, and favorite places to travel. We look forward to seeing many more supply chain professionals at the next event on Tuesday, April 10th in Kirkland location TBD. Join our LinkedIn group here for updates.

Treehouse Luncheon for Foster Youth

Plaster Group was honored to sponsor and attend Treehouse‘s Champions for Foster Kids Luncheon. The personal stories shared by the courageous young adults truly highlighted the impact that Treehouse has on those within Washington’s foster care system. Treehouse strives to create a world where every child who has experienced foster care has the support they need to pursue their dreams and become productive members of our community. They are working hard towards their goal of enabling youth in foster care across Washington to graduate high school at the same rate as their peers, with support and a plan to launch successfully into adulthood, by 2022. This luncheon raised more than $1 million dollars for Treehouse.


Check out this awesome behind-the-scenes video of Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready joining with five Treehouse youth to record their song “Try So Hard:”

Process Considerations: Cryogenic and Regenerative Medicine Commercialization

by Alyssa Palmer, Sr. Supply Chain Consultant

Last week Cryoport, alongside McKesson, Fisher BioServices, and GE Healthcare, hosted the first annual two-day workshop Process Considerations for Cryogenic and Regenerative Medicine Commercialization. Cryoport is a provider of cold chain logistics solutions for bio-pharmaceutical, IVF, and animal health organizations around the world. This workshop provided a forum for industry experts to present and discuss current technology advancements in cryogenic management, regulatory requirements, and best practice processes in the support of regenerative medicine commercialization.  Alyssa Palmer, Sr. Supply Chain Consultant, represented Plaster Group at the workshop, and moderated a panel on regulatory guidelines.

Plaster Group is well-versed in the impact that efficient supply chains have on the healthcare sector and more importantly, the patient. Through partnerships with Seattle-based health focused organizations, Plaster Group has focused on implementing control towers across 16 countries to ensure better visibility throughout the health supply chain, better ensuring supply chain reliability and hopefully ensure that the medicines needed most arrive where they should. Our attendance at this workshop builds upon our foundation and goal to be a part of the future and availability of advancements in the new era of medicines: gene and cell-based products. As we continue to grow, and as the research and development for these new advancements move through the pipeline to commercialization, we anticipate a future of complex supply chain pathways; Plaster Group is there to help navigate them.

Plaster Group is Seattle based consulting firm built on the principle of local talent for local businesses. If you’re a local business looking to discuss further the challenges you are facing in an ever-changing Seattle we would love to hear from you!


Agile Open Northwest 2018

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:

  • The Six Trumps: 6 Learning Principals that Trump Traditional Teaching. In case you were wondering, they are:
    1. Movement trumps sitting.
    2. Talking trumps listening.
    3. Images trump words.
    4. Writing trumps reading.
    5. Shorter trumps longer.
    6. Different trumps same.
  • Playing the Scrum Master of Scrum Masters role
  • Practices to Cultivate Presence
  • Agile Games
  • High Quality Software Practices
  • Kanban in a SAFe/Scrum World
  • Participatory Budgeting
  • Testing: the Impediment to Agile Delivery?
  • Coaching as Negotiations
  • The Thermodynamics of Emotion
  • Don’t Manage Dependencies, Break Them
  • Being Agile but Pretending to do Waterfall
  • Working with Offshore and Other Remote Teams
  • Self-organization vs. Self-management

Numerous and detailed session notes inclusive of photos can be found here. Keep an eye out for next year’s registration as attendance is limited to keep this conference intimate!


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Plaster Group’s multi-talented Sr. Agile Consultant Aki Namioka co-chaired Agile Open Northwest this year, in addition to hosting a wonderful music session. 

Plaster Group Attends Start-Up Seattle

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.

Some of our favorite quotes included:

  • “Do you have ambition?”
  • “If it’s not keeping you up at night, it might not be worth doing.”
  • “Raise your money in the valley and build your business in Seattle.”
  • “Sell with your heart, not with your head.”

Did you attend last night’s event?  What were your key takeaways?


Supply Chain Social at Seapine Brewing

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!

We look forward to seeing many more join us for our next event on Feb 13 at the Shelter Lounge in Greenlake! Meetup RSVP here.