Lipscomb SCI brings national IT leader to Nashville to speak to community groups at Spark

By Janel Shoun-Smith on 7/10/2013

  
  
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The School of Computing and Informatics, in partnership with several Nashville information technology organizations, is bringing Gene Kim, a nationally known IT specialist and thought-leader to Nashville this month to address several groups of local IT professionals.

Kim, president of IT Revolution Press and founder of TripWire, is an award-winning author and IT professional who has spent 14 years studying high-performing IT organizations. Most recently he has focused on the positive effects of DevOps, a software development method that stresses communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and information technology professionals.

SCI is bringing Kim to Lipscomb’s Cool Springs location, Spark, on July 17 and 19, to speak to three different groups of IT professionals about collaborative methods that make an IT company transform from good to great. To attend any of these talks, contact Lipscomb’s Frederick Scholl at fred.scholl@lipscomb.edu for more information.

Society for Information Management

Spark, Lipscomb’s Idea Center; LeanKit, a Nashville based software development company that has created an online tool to boost productivity; and the Nashville chapter of the Society for Information Management will host a presentation by Kim on Wednesday, July 17, from 5-7 p.m. at Spark, 3252 Aspen Grove Drive, Franklin. This meeting is open to local IT executives and thought-leaders.

Kim’s presentation will focus on using the Kanban method in business and information technology. The Kanban technique was originally used by Japanese automakers such as Nissan and Toyota to implement “just in time” manufacturing and improve automobile quality.  The method uses visual cards to represent each task you may have.  The cards are sorted into columns, such as “ready,” “doing “and “done,” depending on where in your workflow they are located.

LeanKit has developed an online version of the Kanban technique.

Nashville Tech Breakfast

Kim will also speak on Wednesday, July 17, at 7 a.m. at the quarterly Nashville Tech Breakfast, also held at Spark. Kim’s topic will be “Why Every Business and IT Executive Needs DevOps Now: 2.6 Trillion per Year is up for Grabs.” Cost to attend is $30. Registration for the Nashville Tech Breakfast is at http://www.lipscomb.edu/spark/Nashville-Technology-Breakfast.

Kim is the author of “The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win” and “The Visible Ops Handbook.”

In 2000, Kim began studying IT organizations that had simultaneously achieved the highest IT service levels, the best information security outcomes, the best posture of compliance and the best IT efficiencies. He worked with Kevin Behr to understand how these organizations made such achievements and codified the process in the “Visible Ops” and “Visible Ops Security” books, which have sold over 150,000 copies.

Information Systems Security Association

In addition, Kim will speak at the Information Systems Security Association Middle Tennessee chapter meeting held at Spark on Friday, July 19, at 11:30 a.m. This meeting is free and open to all information security professionals.

Kim wrote the original version of TripWire, an intrusion-detection tool for Unix, as an undergraduate at Purdue University in 1992. It rapidly became widely used and led to his founding of TripWire Inc. in 1998. He served as CTO of the company until July 2010.

In 2007 he was named to ComputerWorld’s “40 Innovative IT People Under the Age of 40” list.