A Brief History of IBEA

We started IBEA because we wanted to see change in our communities and around the world. We strongly believed each of us had the power to impact the world positively. We held a stone cold vision and belief to innovate with a global purpose. We believed as individuals we were limited, but if we came together collectively our strength and impact would amplify. We believed that diversity was the engine of massive innovation, and together we could generate more creativity that we could possibly imagine.  Over the next few months, we’ll be doubling IBEA and would like you to be part of our journey as we continue fighting for our vision of innovating for everyone in our world.

One of the main things we learned during the experimental phase of IBEA was that in order to “Innovate with a Global Purpose”; we had to have the appropriate skills, resources, and leadership to make this a reality. Unfortunately, early on we didn’t have many SKILLS, we lacked RESOURCES, and our LEADERSHIP wasn’t fully developed. The only thing that we had going was PASSION; and that is the sole reason why we’re still here. In the following months we’ll be building upon our PASSION by introducing new courses/ trainings to sharpen our SKILLS as students and young professionals. This will be the first step toward our vision; “Innovation with a Global Purpose”.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heber Michaels is our Chief Executive Officer at IBEA. Heber has guided organizations from idea stage to growth stage. Driven by curiosity, creativity, and hard-work ethics; he is known for bringing visions into reality. He strongly believes that each one of us has the potential to change our communities and world for the better. Connect with him on Linkedin.

Introduction to “Launch your Website in a Day” Workshop

Most famous companies that you hear of today such as Uber, AirBnB, Tinder, and Snapchat started off with just a simple website to spread their message. Our workshop will teach you how to build and launch a website from scratch with zero coding skills required. At the end of the workshop; you’ll walk out with the professional website you’ve always wanted as well as master skills to manage the new site on your own.

Snapchat First Website

Snapchat First Website

In addition, when we’re finish building our websites, we’ll be talking about analytics and ways to increase traffic to your new website. This workshop is taught by millennials with the latest digital trends in an easy, laid-back, interactive environment.

BENEFITS:

  • Introduction to Consumer Behaviors and designing habit forming platforms.
  • Websites normally cost $1500 or more to hire a developer or take months to create on your own.
  • You will have your basic site completed in a day for a fraction of the cost.
  • Individual time to work on your site along with the help of classmates and the instructor.
  • Learn how to increase web traffic using search engine optimisation (SEO) techniques.
  • Learn how to improve the user experience and the content on your website.
  • Learn how to integrate your social media presence, please have all these accounts set up before the course if possible. (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube)
  • Practical exercises on your laptop, plus detailed handouts and follow-up video tutorials
  • Learn concepts through case studies, interactive role play, exercises and discussions
  • Learn how to install Google Analytics and Google Webmaster’s Tools/ Search Console
  • Learn the value of building your brand and discover how creating websites can help grow your online presence as well as enhance teaching and learning
  • Be entertained by stories from our real-world experienced and knowledgeable instructors
    Learn how to use the latest analytics web platforms, social media management platforms such as buffer/Hootsuite, and design platforms such as Canva.

Created for entrepreneurs, small-business owners, marketing professionals, small practice owners, designers, contractors, artists, musicians, authors, students and other self-starters.

We hope to see you there! For more information, click here.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heber Michaels is our Chief Executive Officer at IBEA. Heber has guided organizations from idea stage to growth stage. Driven by curiosity, creativity, and hard-work ethics; he is known for bringing visions into reality. He strongly believes that each one of us has the potential to change our communities and world for the better. Connect with him on Linkedin.

Introduction to Kanban Training

We’re excited to introduce you our latest course called Kanban Training. Our new Kanban workshop will help you adopt a value–centric system of planning and executing your work. In this course we cover the basics of Kanban, one of the agile processes, through a combination of theory and extensive exercises. With in-depth exercises and coaching from an experienced practitioner, participants will learn how to initiate change with Kanban and bring in process improvements by identifying and addressing bottlenecks, prioritize, and initiate collaboration.

Learn how to “Stop Starting and Start Finishing” with Kanban. 

Kanban is one of the easiest ways to get your process and delivery under control, anyone with work that needs to get done will benefit. People whose work is completed through projects and through teams are highly recommended to attend;

  • Software Engineers
  • Marketing Professionals
  • Project Managers
  • Technology Professionals
  • CIO’s
  • Team Leaders
  • Technical Leaders
  • Program Managers

 

 

Our Kanban Workshop will be held on July 08th, 2017; featuring Suzanne Ward MBA MEng PMP CSM CSPO PSM CSP, a Scrum Master & Agile Coach/Trainer from Intel. She has Product, Brand, and Marketing Management in diverse range of markets and industries, with P&L responsibilities up to $100 million annual sales.

The benefits that should be expected from attending our workshop are the following:

  • Get a thorough understanding of the Kanban method, its core principles and practices
  • Learn how to design and introduce a Kanban system into your existing work environment
  • Understand how to improve service delivery with Kanban systems and ensure better customer focus
  • Be entertained by stories from our real-world experienced and knowledgeable instructors
  • Maximize investments already made by gaining valuable Professional Development Units (PDUs)
  • Increase your personal worth within your company and in the marketplace
  • Network with people from Intel Corporation and other software companies

We hope to see you there! For more information, click here.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Heber Michaels is our Chief Executive Officer at IBEA.  Heber has guided organizations from idea stage to growth stage. Driven by curiosity, creativity, and hard-work ethics; he is known for bringing visions into reality. He strongly believes that each one of us has the potential to change our communities and world for the better. Connect with him on Linkedin.

My Scrum Event Experience

At the beginning of the workshop, I see tables shifted at an angle and a warm smile from the instructor.  Each table has cards and other supplies for what I assume be for the activities. In the back of the room are food and coffee. There are some students who got to the workshop earlier, eager to learn Scrum.  The workshop started with an introduction from the instructor and introduction into Scrum. For the first part, we went over content and examples from real life stories from the instructor or examples from case studies. After that we did activities that help illustrate the principles of Scrum.  Soon a lunch break was around the corner.  After lunch I came back and learned more about Scrum with activities.

The workshop was unlike any I attended. There wasn’t just lecture, but hand on activities that helped me to understand Scrum.  For anyone interested in Scrum, I recommend this workshop to those starting to learn Scrum or those pursuing to be a Scrum Master or Product Owner.

The next scrum event will be on June 24, 2017. For more information, click here. Hope to see you there.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steven Truong is the Financial Director at IBEA. In addition, to IBEA Steven works at CampFire Columbia, where he helps children become the best version of themselves through school and camp activities. In his free time, Steven likes to practice Mixed Martial Arts and hopes one day to become a Qigong instructor. Connect with him on Linkedin.

References:

  1.       https://www.scrumalliance.org/agile-resources/top-3-benefits-companies-see-during-the-transition

Benefits of Attending Our Workshop

Scrum Workshop Benefits

  • Hands-On Approach

Most workshops use the lecture method which includes listening to the instructor for a period.  Under the lecture method, people tend to forget the material more quickly than the hands-on approach. It also gives people confidence in their ability since they know for certain if they understood the material or not.

  • Be entertained by stories from our real-world experienced and knowledgeable instructor.

Suzanne Ward has many years as a project manager.  She uses how Scrum has been successfully used in past projects. Also, shares case studies of those using Scrum. These stories make it easier to understand the practical aspects of Scrum.

  • Gaining valuable Professional Development Units (PDUs).

For those who are going to or PMP or Project Management Professional certification this will going towards this prerequisite hours of training required to get the certification.

  • Increase your reputation within your company and in the marketplace.

For those in the technology industry the following people likely to benefit are: developers, engineers, and project manager, and CTO.  For developers and engineers their understanding will allow them to thrive in an organization that use Scrum. That means a smaller learning curve.  Sometimes they can be in the position to introduce Scrum to help their company since they have exposure.  This can increase their reputation for helping bring Scrum to their company which can increase project success.  Project managers can bring value by using Scrum as their methodology to manage employees and engineers.  In the marketplace, their skill in Scrum will be sought after.  CTO will be able to bring value to their company by introducing Scrum or know how to lead the company under that methodology.

  • Network with people from universities and companies.

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to network with engineering students, boot camp students, and aspiring project managers. The engineering and boot camp students who are about start their career within a few years could be potential employees or even employer in the future. As for project managers, you could benefit by learning from them or even work with their company. If you’re lucky you can also network with Suzanne Ward the Scrum instructor who currently works as Intel as a project manager.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steven Truong is the Financial Director at IBEA. In addition, to IBEA Steven works at CampFire Columbia, where he helps children become the best version of themselves through school and camp activities. In his free time, Steven likes to practice Mixed Martial Arts and hopes one day to become a Qigong instructor. Connect with him on Linkedin.

Is Scrum For You?

Do you work for the technology industry?  If so, then keep reading.  In the technology industry, Scrum is an agile development framework for software and other technologies. This was created to better adapt to the demands of customers in the modern age. Here are four ways in which Scrum contributes to successful product development

Satisfied Customers

Customers are more satisfied with their products because of the quality and timeliness of completion. Scrum takes a project and split it into parts called sprints which allows for quality assurance and adjustment if needed in the earlier part of the product development cycle.  Under the traditional product development methodology Waterfall, sets up a project into a sequence of steps with little or no adjustments throughout the cycle. In the Waterfall methodology, mistakes are not usually noticed in the later part of the product development cycle which can result in spending more time as it is harder to fix them during that time.  This results in higher product quality and reduce time in completion.

Greater Communication

Projects have become more complicated resulting in the need for communications between departments. For example, in a company, the engineering department doesn’t know everything about the consumer and may discuss with the Marketing department to make sure the product fit with their customer’s requirements. In Scrum this happens more often. It is better than waiting until the customer says something is wrong the product near product completion. As projects are worked in parts, communication regarding errors are reported quicker and addressed in the earlier part of the product cycle.  It also can lead to positive reinforcement for team members for each successful sprint.

Successful Strategies

Under Scrum, successful strategies are shared throughout the organization instead of kept in individual teams.  Under traditional management, successful strategies not often shared and deficient strategies are kept until problems show up.  This is an example of being reactive. Unsuccessful organization are more successful if they are proactive about the strategies they use.

Accountability

This method reveals how if teams are performing well. For example, it may show certain team members who are not performing where there should be or not spending enough effort.  It also gives recognition to those who are performing well.  For example, one of the members is showing signs of not progressing as fast as the other team members. Since it was noticed early in the product cycle, the team can fix the issue quickly.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steven Truong is the Financial Director at IBEA. In addition, to IBEA Steven works at CampFire Columbia, where he helps children become the best version of themselves through school and camp activities. In his free time, Steven likes to practice Mixed Martial Arts and hopes one day to become a Qigong instructor. Connect with him on Linkedin.

References:

  1.       https://www.scrumalliance.org/agile-resources/top-3-benefits-companies-see-during-the-transition

What Time Is It?

We want you to attend this Scrum workshop because we believe it will benefit you as a professional or future professional. Plain and simple. Let me spin you a straightforward tale below.
First, look at your clock please; I insist. What time is it?
I ask an easy question, I get an easy answer. Let me tell you what time it was for me a while back.
About this time a few years ago I was a sophomore at Portland State University. Pretty sure I was procrastinating on something. Looking at the time every now and then to psyche myself up. Maybe I had a project due. Maybe I wanted to get through a reading pretty quickly since my favorite show was starting up.
I also had been having the nagging realization that it was time. I had been in school for so long with no sense of belonging and no sense or purpose. With no sense of my own to call, I asked myself what time is it? For me, it was time to act or remain stagnant.
My acts started small so that I could build my confidence and build my skills. Attend extra classes here, look for online classes there, try to grab free seminars here and there – all because I wanted to act, to become a person that could stand tall and continue moving forward even tiny steps at a time. I didn’t know where it would take me but I thought to myself that I might as well go down swinging if that’s what it takes.
Fast forward a bit, it’s a different time now. I’m a senior close to graduating and feeling anxious about the job market. During that time I had joined a fraternity, studied abroad for a term, helped raise IBEA from a student club, and found my adoration in supply chain.
The time I spent improving myself was well worth it because I can say with confidence that I worked hard in order to learn as much as I could and become as strong a person as I could in that time. It helped me make long lasting friendships, make new connections, learn new skills, and I think it’s accurate to say helped me land my current job.
I’m a long ways away from who I want to be make no mistake, and I’m definitely not the best at managing my own time. But I’m willing to ask myself what time is it so I can sort through my priorities.
There are other workshops out there, there are other ways to improve yourself out there. What I can tell you is the Scrum methodology is powerful when you learn it and can be applied to different sectors in your professional and even daily life if you learn the concepts at their core.
So I tell you again. We want you to attend this workshop and we want you to do so in order to improve yourself.
Gilbert Nguyen, was our former Administrative Executive at IBEA. He helped our organization with internal affairs such as documenting policies, culture and legal requirements. In his spared time he is involved in Russian studies, transhumanists organizations,  and lean manufacturing. Connect with him on Linkedin.

Scrum Workshop Press Release

 

INTEL SCRUM TRAINING 1 DAY AT PORTLAND STATE

Take Your Projects to the Next Level

The latest management styles are depending on agile techniques, particularly Scrum because of its ability to increase efficiency and add more value. Suzanne Ward, Scrum Master & Agile Coach/ Trainer from Intel is back to share her cutting edge approach and application of Intel’s project philosophy. Her interactive workshop is designed to turbo-charge your success in Scrum through engaging learning techniques. You will have the opportunity to ask in-depth questions and share your own experience with Scrum. This one day classroom training with exercises will cover the material from a scrum introduction certification class.

Join us on June 25th from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Portland State University Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science

Scrum has the power to transform project management across every industry, every business, and even across your personal life. Come get a taste of the future of project management and learn about the Scrum process.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call Camille Pitts, a member of the planning committee: pcamille@pdx.edu or 503.7585701

Proceeds from this event will go towards our local and international projects. For the most recent projects or to learn more, please visit: www.myibea.org

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Camille Pitts is part of our Planning Committee at IBEA. As a Planning Committee member, she is always looking for ways to contribute to IBEA ranging from raising funds for international and local projects to planning tech events for students and local professionals. Camille is currently attending Portland State University where she is majoring in Human Resources Management and Leadership Management. She has a passion for leadership and personal development. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

The Importance of Attending Workshops

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People use workshops all the time to gain a new skill or to better themselves at whatever they’re doing.  Software engineers and product managers and plenty of other professionals attend workshops. Attending workshops and events are very beneficial for yourself. By opening your mind and learning about other professions you personally develop and grow mentally. You learn to communicate better with a team and gain skills in management, business, technology, software development and much more. Don’t miss out, and take advantage of workshops for your personal development. IBEA is hosting a scrum workshop August 1st at 10:30 am. Scrum is a very important asset to use in business now a days. It helps you and your business be more agile and lean. IBEAS scrum event will give you hands on training and you get to hear from actual professionals who use scrum. Going to events like these, you’ll gain tons of knowledge. Everyone wants to be successful, but not everybody puts in the work needed for success and one thing you have to do is learn. There is always something you can take out of scrum workshops and workshops in general it just depends on your willingness to learn new things. Workshops make learning easier than sitting at a desk all day. You actually experience what the job is. For more information: bitly.com/IntelScrum2

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shalom Ellis is part of our marketing team at IBEA. As the media marketing specialist, he’s constantly looking for new ways to get our message to our targeted audience. He’s skills also come in the form of content creation and writing interesting blogs. Shalom is a senior at Rex Putnam high school, and in his spared time he’s involved in football, acting, choir, and Track and Field. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

Smile, They Just Want The Time of Day

On any given day, a local Portland resident walking in downtown is bound to run into at least a few homeless people. In fact, in Portland alone there are 4,000 people who are considered homeless according to the City of Portland. Many of these people which include adults, families with children, and elderly will not find shelter tonight and will end up sleeping on the floor.

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To us they are strangers, people who for one reason or another ended up on the streets. Often times we blame them for their situation, making up stories as to why they are there. On a typical day when we see a homeless person asking for money or work we tend to make excuses concerning why it’s not our place to help. Day after day we walk by another person and miss another opportunity to hear a story, to help another human being.

My very first experience working with homeless was in Florida while attending a small Bible college. Every week we’d set out on the streets of Jacksonville and find people to talk to. Homeless in Jacksonville are not very different from those in Portland. To many, homelessness is not a mere choice. They are there because they’ve lost their job, been evicted, experienced domestic violence, or are chronically homeless and cannot change their lifestyle. Regardless, each and every one of these people have their own, unique, story. This is what makes them who they are. Sometimes all we need is a companion, a stranger who will listen for a minute and hear us out. And maybe, just maybe, that stranger will pass on our story.

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So the next time you see a homeless don’t turn away from them. Smile and pause a little. Maybe today you will hear a great story, one you can share with others. Will you pause and smile today at the people around you? Join us as we go on Saturday, Feb 7th to spread some joy to the homeless. Bring a blanket or a warm clothing item such as socks or a hat to share with someone in need.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anastasiya Uzhva is the Marketing Director of IBEA. She takes care of all the design work, social media, and promotions. In her spare time she loves to get involved in community projects and work with children. Connect with her on LinkedIn.