Designed to Fail or Redesigned to Thrive: “It’s the Culture, Stupid!”

Jun 21, 2018 · Palo Alto, United States of America

Is it possible that - long ago - aliens landed on Earth, established sick, twisted, dysfunctional organizations, and then left?

Let’s consider an even scarier possibility, that WE are creating our workplace cultures.

Worker satisfaction in America recently hit an all time low. Why? Organizational culture.

As engineering leaders, WE are responsible… for the dark side of our organizations today, but also for the bright futures available to those who are determined to re-shape their organizations to generate great results by design. WE have the power to change our cultures for the better.

Peter Drucker reportedly said “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” An organization’s culture is as invisible as the air that we breathe, as inescapable as gravity – and shaped by us!

International keynoter Kimberly Wiefling has agreed to engage us, this evening, in the highly engaging and interactive workshop experience she last year delivered to rousing acclaim in Poland.


Kimberly Wiefling,, is a force of nature – the good kind! The president of Wiefling Consulting,, co-founder of Silicon Valley Alliances,, author of Scrappy Project Management, and a global business leadership consultant, she specializes in global team effectiveness – helping teams achieve what seems impossible, but is merely difficult.

A scientist by education, Kimberly has an M.S. in physics and a B.S. in chemistry and physics. She earned her certificate in program and project management through UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley, where she then taught program and project management for six years.

Kimberly’s expertise is to make the “impossible” merely difficult, and then inevitable. She has worked with people from over 50 different countries, and she’s determined to transform Planet Earth one inspired and engaged team at a time!


6:15 - 7:00 Early arrival recommended! Arrive as early as 6 and help John van Heteren set up the room
6:20 - 7:00 Registration / Checkin / Peer coaching opportunities
6:20 - 7:00 Enjoy networking, along with wine, beer, soda, cheese, fruit, cold cuts, courtesy of tonight's sponsor
7:00 - 7:10 Introduction and opening announcements
7:10 - 8:20 Highly interactive & engaging keynote/workshop
8:20 - 8:30 Q&A
8:30 - 8:45 Closing announcements / Jobs / Job Seeking
8:45 - 9:00 Informal networking and followup Q&A
8:45 - 8:55 Clean up - please leave the room beautiful
8:55 - 9:00 Clear the room & have a safe trip home!


The Varian Cafeteria, 3130 Hansen Way, Palo Alto, has plentiful parking. If you map it on Google Maps, the pointer to 3130 Hansen Way, about at the kink in Hansen Way, is actually where the closest parking lot is. The cafeteria building is the buff curvy-winged building due south of the kink in Hansen Way. If you prefer public transportation, it's just a 22-minute walk from CalTrain's California Avenue station.


Accelerance,, is an American software outsourcing advisory firm that connects companies looking to outsource with highly qualified teams globally. Only Accelerance travels the globe to investigate, verify and certify the technical skills, industry expertise, and business practices of offshore and nearshore outsourcing companies.

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