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Thorpe, Nick

Nick Thorpe
Software Engineering Manager


Nick Thorpe is a Lean transformation leader and software engineering manager in Intel’s Manufacturing Validation Engineering organization. Nick joined Intel in 2002 as a product development engineer and for the last 10 years has been involved in driving the adoption of Lean and Agile practices in engineering at Intel. He has developed Lean transformation strategies and training to enable hundreds of teams at Intel to use Scrum and Scaled Agile to plan and execute their work, and to use Lean principles to design and improves their work processes. Nick also leads a team of talented software engineers. Our team builds the tools that enable the coordinated use of Scaled Agile by Intel teams and the structuring, search, and analysis of knowledge within those teams.

Triger, Loic

Loic Triger
Director of Sales

Loic is an accomplished sales and management executive with a 15-year track record in helping customers deliver on the digital transformation of their organizations. A strategist with clear vision and hands-on implementation experience, Loic is an expert at balancing the enterprise requirements with the pragmatic needs of users. He is passionate about change and delivering solutions for companies to achieve rapid, efficient and cost effective transformation. Throughout his career, Loic has helped change agents to deliver a solution for the enterprise with measurable results and governance, on time and on budget.

Vala-Webb, Gordon

Gordon Vala-Webb
Building Smarter Organizations
Board member, International Association of Innovation Professionals


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The world is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous; in order to survive organizations need to be “smart”.

As Jack Welch the CEO of GE put it: “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”

I help organizations to become smarter through my book – Building Smarter Organizations: How to lead your zombie organization back to life (Elevate Publishing, May 2017) – and through my speaking and consulting.

The key for organizations is for them to:

• Pivot their organizational mindset to become “open” – rather than command-and-control / “fixed”
• Have fast flow collaboration and communication – by using open collaborative software and visual management
• Accelerate their ability to make and execute the cross-silo, complex, decisions that a complex world demands.

My days are filled with:

 Providing advice on strategy, technology purchases, and change management 
• Producing events to bring together leaders, practitioners, technologists, and thought leaders 
• Speaking, teaching and writing

I bring to this work my passion and more than thirty years of experience (across the private, public and non-profit sectors) in making change in organizations. This includes 17+ years creating and leading knowledge management, collaboration, and innovation programs in large, complex, organizations at both the national and global levels.

I have a Masters in Management Science (Technology) and am a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP).

Viles, Tamara

Tamara Viles
Knowledge Management Specialist
Center for Innovative Collaboration


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Tamara Viles is the manager of knowledge architecture in the Center for Innovative Collaboration and Knowledge Management at TechnipFMC, a winner of the 2015 and 2016 Global Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Award.  Tamara transferred to TechnipFMC to manage the corporate wiki and serve as a SharePoint expert.  Prior to that, she completed a brief stint on Halliburton’s IT Organizational Change Management team and co-managed the KM program and award-winning intranet at Aspen Technology. She has 14 years of experience in knowledge management, an MBA in Marketing and a B.S. in Journalism. Tamara’s speaking engagements include sessions at the APQC KM Conference, ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement, Taxonomy Boot Camp, and the ASQ Services Quality Conference.