In the Community

IAMCP WIT
June 2018
Supporting KC Women in Technology

Luis Miranda volunteered at the local IAMCP KC Women in Technology organization luncheon conducting mock interviews with attendees coming into the technology field. lnterviewees entering the technology workforce navigated the session discussing specific topics with the volunteers such as time management, risk management and negotiation skills. The interviewers rated the attendees on their presentations, answered any questions, reviewed their resumes and provided feedback on improving their interview skills.

To learn more about IAMCP Women in Technology, please visit iamcp-us.org.

IAMCP WIT
February 2018
TEN - Technology and Engineering Night at Liberty High School

Eric Biven and Luis Miranda spent their evening talking to students and parents about different careers based in technology and engineering during the Technology and Engineering Night at Liberty High School. MSTS was one of the sponsors of the event where students can learn about the possibilities of technology and engineering based careers.

The event also seeks to inform parents about how these fields can be beneficial to their child for more than a career, but how learning about technology can foster possible life skills that help them with any field. This year they wanted to drive more engagement and find a way to spend more time with the students rather than talking about the industry. The team held problem solviproblem-solving, awarding the Top 3 winners with a Raspberry Pi. Careers in technology are all about problem-solving, regardless of language or the technology being used, each day we are breaking down customer problems to deliver solutions.

Quality Control
January 2018
New Secretary for itSMF USA

MSTS ITIL practice leader Luis Miranda is the new Secretary for the Kansas City Information Technology Service Management Forum. In 2018 the itSMF will be taking on the following topics: 

  • Machine learning / AI and ITSM – how can they complement each other 

  • Continuous Deployment (automated, high frequency) and Change Management – how to provide the value of Change management in the age of Continuous deployment 

  • Scalable cloud infrastructure and Configuration Management – how to achieve the value of configuration management when the infrastructure is changing (auto-scaling) in the cloud 

 

Learn more at itSMF USA.

 

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November 2017
MSTS Hosts ITSMf forum: Integrating Agile DevOps with Traditional IT

MSTS is the newest KC Chapter member of the ITSMf Local Interest Group.

Bob Heck coordinated the MSTS hosted event on November 27, 2017 to discuss Integrating Agile DevOps with Traditional IT.

Paulo Dominquez from the Federal Reserve presented how Agile and Change Management can complement each other and Greg Rowe the Kansas City Local Interest Group chapter president facilitated the expert panel discussion. Local chapter members from the Kansas City area included MSTS, Cerner and the Federal Reserve with 40 members attending online throughout the US.

HackEDkc
November 2017
HackEDkc

MSTS sponsored the HackEDkc where Students from Liberty Public Schools and Kansas City Metro had 24 hours to build their solution and 3 minutes to demo to a panel of judges. The hackathon challenged students to solve a problem in their home, school, or community through the use of technology. Josh Smith and Luis Miranda presented a talk to students about starting their technology careers and helped out with the hackathon. 

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October 2017
KU Engineering Students Visit MSTS

A group of 12 KU Engineering Students visited MSTS to get a taste of software engineering, product management and information technology leadership “in the real world”. During their visit they were able to sit down with Dan to do a deep dive into who MSTS is, spend time with the Product team to get a taste of the culture as well as view a real-life demo from our most recent Hack-a-thon winners.  We wrapped up this session with a Q&A session with a panel of team members from our current Engineering teams.  Feedback from the faculty and students was very positive.  Many commented on the entrepreneurial spirit of our teams and found the MSTS environment to be very welcoming and friendly.  The Q&A session gave the students a lot of insight into the working world and they felt like after being here they are better prepared to join the work force upon graduation.

Liberty Public Schools
May 2017
TEN - Technology and Engineering Night

Eric Biven, Ryan Donnard, Justin Shropshire, Kevin Foster and Luis Miranda set up a booth and spent their evening talking to students and parents about different careers based in technology and engineering during the Technology and Engineering Night at Liberty High School.  MSTS was one of the sponsors of the event where students can learn about the possibilities of technology and engineering based careers.  The event also seeks to inform parents about how these fields can be beneficial to their child for more than just a career and how learning about technology can foster possible life skills that help them with any field they choose. 

Liberty Public Schools
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December 2016
Kansas City Product Tank

Dan Zimmerman, Kirby Montgomery, and  Jason Troutner facilitated the discussion at the Kansas City Product Tank meeting. The team presented cliff-note style presentations on three topics key to product manager success: Measurement, Motivation, and Human Irrational Behavior. There was a turnout of over twenty-five product professionals with great networking and sharing of ideas. Thanks to VIN Solutions for hosting and providing snacks! 

If you are interested in product management to check out the Kansas City Product Tank group

 

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April 2016
Johnson County Community College - Computer Science Department

MSTS has had the opportunity to speak to graduating students of the Computer Information Science program at Johnson County Community College. Bryan Stober, Principal Architect at MSTS, delivered a lecture on the do’s and don’ts of interviewing in the today’s competitive tech industry. This has been a rewarding relationship affording students the opportunity to learn about their future profession and MSTS to share their story. MSTS has also participated in JCCC’s Career Fair to share employment opportunities to graduating students who are ready to start their career. Bryan serves on JCCC’s Board of Directors for new curriculum, which aims to help the college align their courseware with the ever-changing world of technology.

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February 2016
University of Kansas Hackathon

Eric Biven, Josh Smith, Naseer Dari and Eric Budd provided mentorship to teams at the University of Kansas Hackathon. The MSTS team was on site Friday night, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning providing guidance and support to all of the teams including the winning team.

“The reason I am contacting you is that I may thank you on behalf of my entire group. Because of your help, we were able to win first place!” – KU Hackathon Team Member

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April 2018
MSTS Workshops

Workshops are our internal learning, exploration, and cross-pollination program at MSTS. We’ve open sourced it so that you can bring it to your organization too.

Learn more about our workshops  |  Join in on GITHUB

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