Cultivate Improvement

Cultivate Improvement

Grow Your Improvement Toolkit

A year-long series about continuous improvement techniques offered by BFN, BPAWG, CAN and Agile Communities of Practice.  These sessions are free and there is no need to RSVP.

Learn more about about the sponsoring communities of practice:

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Series Events

Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 10:30 - 12noon | 150 University Hall
Nimble Learning:  Growing your ability to Flourish
Angela Stopper
, PhD, Chief Learning Officer (CLO), Director, Learning and Development, UCB

How do we improve ourselves and our community to meet the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead? Nimble Learning offers an intriguing framework to explore this question. Join us for a presentation and workshop with Angela Stopper who will define Nimble Learning and discuss what it looks like at the less skilled, skilled and talented levels, conduct a short exercise to help determine where you may fall in this leadership competency, and discuss strategies for how you can become a more nimble learner.

The first event in the "Cultivate Improvement -- Grow Your Improvement Toolkit" series. 
Sponsor CoP: BPAWG

September 13, 2019 | 10:30 - 12 | Hearst Mining
Visual Representation and Management of Continuous Improvement Projects 
Presentation Assets

Visual management tools can be incredibly beneficial to teams. When the Gift Services team in University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) shifted its process paradigm to continuous improvement, they developed a visual project board to engage staff, organize priorities, and track team accomplishments. For this session, members of the Gift Services team responsible for implementing the project board will share their experience with this tool, including how it was facilitated, the creation process, and its evolution since implementation.

Join us as we learn about this concept and participate in an activity that will help you envision how a visual management tool might benefit your team.


  • Armita Khashayar, Lead Gift Analyst, UDAR
  • Ion Vergara, Financial Services Analyst, Gift Services, UDAR
  • Lydia Duraisamy, Financial Services Analyst, Gift Services, UDAR
  • Susan Dowey, Gift Analyst, Gift Services, UDAR

The second event in the "Cultivate Improvement -- Grow Your Improvement Toolkit" series.
Sponsor CoP: BFN

October 4, 2019 | 10 - 11:30 |150 University Hall

The Process Engine - Laying the Foundation  

  • Mike Cook, Director
  • Chris DeMarco, Sr. Business Process Analyst
  • Priya Sarran-Persad, Sr. Business Process Analyst
You Will Learn How To:
  • Shift your mindset to a process engine one - get bigger changes, faster.
  • Cultivate improvement through process hierarchies, maturity models and process level architecture.  
  • Document your hierarchy so you know what processes you have and which ones you need to work on.
  • Set baselines for success and improvement targets.
  • Determine process health metrics - these will pinpoint where to do continuous improvement.
  • And more!

Sponsor CoP: CAN
The third event in the "Cultivate Improvement -- Grow Your Improvement Toolkit" series.

Febrary 20, 2020 | 10 - 11:30 |150 University Hall


We all know the great statement: “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. One of the most powerful elements of improvement is to learn from the past. Practically all management methodologies include some component of learning from our past. In recent years, the concept of the Retrospective has gained a great deal of recognition and adoption, especially in the Agile community, and it is now spreading quickly through pretty much every industry and also all organization business areas, such as Finance, HR, Legal, Operations, etc. In this workshop, we will review the concepts behind the retrospective, understand the motivation and benefits and learn the mechanics of running a formal retrospective activity. We will finish with a fun exercise and Q&A.

Moshe Gotesman, PhD, CSM, SAFe, LeSS, PMP, ITIL is an experienced consultant, trainer and coach on project and program management, specializing in Agile, Scrum and related topics. He has worked in engineering management, process development and as a Director of project management. Among others, Moshe worked on software development, IT hardware, networking and security projects for many Fortune 500 organizations such as Visa Inc, Walmart, Sun Microsystems, Nokia and Google. Moshe specializes in Software Development Life Cycles (SDLCs), including Agile, Scrum, Kanban, as well as Waterfall.

Sponsor CoP: Agile@Berkeley
The fourth event in the "Cultivate Improvement -- Grow Your Improvement Toolkit" series.

Panel - Cultivate Improvement
November 2019 or March 2020