Author: Shana Wedemeyer

Inspired to Speak Up and Give

As we stand in solidarity with the Black community, all of us at Highlands Consulting continue to listen, reflect, learn, and act for change. Each of us seeks open dialogue with colleagues, friends, and family. And along the way, we have been inspired to donate…

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Unexpected Change

In just two short weeks, all of our lives have changed in ways we never predicted. This post from Jason Kottke offers a list of how we are all experiencing COVID-19 in different ways. It’s a 2-minute read that helped me think beyond my individual…

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Trees for a Cause

Highlands Consulting continued its tradition of donating decorated Christmas trees to the Sacramento Children’s Home this week. We organized into teams, brainstormed ideas, decorated the trees, and invited impartial judges to vote for the best tree! We were able to put our competitive instincts to…

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Consultant Speak vs. the Nitty Gritty

For nearly 30 years, I’ve enjoyed working in the government technology industry, focused on serving the State of California. Along the way, I’ve met and worked with hundreds of amazing consultants with business and technical expertise. In recent years, I’ve become sensitive to what our…

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How Many Balls Are You Juggling?

The Prosci ADKAR individual model of change (Awareness – Desire – Knowledge – Ability – Reinforcement) posits that people must first be aware of the need for a change before they can commit to it. Yet we all know situations where we firmly believe a change is…

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Congratulations to Our Newly Certified SAFe Agilists!

Highlands is proud to announce that nine of our consultants are now certified in the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe): Nikki Angle, Demetre Haralambakis, Michele Rickey-Pidd, Mike Cappelluti, Eric Norton, Will Cuper, Judy Melson, Amanda Priest, and Jacob Olson. SAFe delivers a strategy for implementing Agile at…

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Case Study: Owning the Change Determines IT Success

The Highlands Consulting Group is assisting the State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) with implementation of ePlanCheck (ePC), a tool for the electronic submission, review, and approval of architecture and other building plans. ENVISION: We are using our knowledge of…

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Organizational Change Management in an Agile Environment

In our last blog post, my colleague Nikki Angle wrote about the myths and realities of Agile in government. It’s a significant shift that requires increased communication, readiness assessments, training, and reinforcement – all components that we deliver every day through organizational change management. Two State of California…

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Teaching Our Clients to Fish

The proverb goes “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Perhaps one reason that Highlands Consulting routinely hears positive feedback from our clients, and one of the reasons…

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Newly Certified Scrum Masters!

As the Agile methodology gains momentum on many of our clients’ projects, Highlands Consulting has been engaged to lead and support various Scrum activities. Last year, Michele Rickey-Pidd became a Certified Scrum Master, enabling her lead a Scrum team on a large State health care…

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