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Upcoming Agile Events

Recurring Events:  1st Tuesday-North Meeting  : 3rd Thursday-South Meeting

09/18

 [South] Agile / Lean Coffee @Infusionsoft  (Google Map)

10/07

 [North] TBD @Axosoft Scottsdale

10/18

 Desert Code Camp

10/28 – 10/30

 Scrum Coaching Retreat Raleigh, NC

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[South Meeting] Sept 18th – Agile Lean Coffee

Where:
Infusionsoft    (Google Map)
1260 S. Spectrum Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85286

Cost:  There is no cost to attend this session, and the food and beverages are provided by our Sponsor(s).

Agenda:
6:00 -  Registration – Food and Drink (no cost – Infusionsoft is Sponsoring)
6:25 -  Announcements
6:30 -  Begin the Panel
8:00 – Closing Messages and Announcements

Please Register - If you are already a member of the Phoenix Scrum User’s Group, you have already received an email about this event, just select the “Registration Link” in that email.  If you have not received that email, please sign-up (on the right), and we’ll get it out to you!!

Topic Overview:  Agile/Lean Coffee

At the last meeting, we had a lot of good discussion.  While I was watching that discussion, I remembered that we’ve not had a real “Discussion Style” meeting in a whole year. So for this meeting, we’ll start with a brief introduction of Lean Coffee, we’ll execute a Lean Coffee, then we’ll have a wrap up.  We’ll discuss how and when could you use Lean Coffee format.  So in addition to a “meta” discussion about Lean Coffee, we’ll execute and have Lean Coffee discussion.  So, if you have a nagging question or issue, or you just want to get a jump on the various challenges that people face, this is your night.  You’ll get to hear what others think and how they might be handling the same topic!  Of course, I also have a few topics to throw into the mix…should they be needed. :-)

Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. A facilitator helps participants gather topics of interest, build an agenda, and then facilitates conversations. Conversations are time-boxed and directed to ensure they are productive. After every time-box the participants have an option to continue the conversation on the same topic for a shorter time-box or move on to another topic.  In this session, not only will you have some great discussions, but you’ll learn how to run a “lean coffee”, which can be used whenever you have a number of topics to discuss.

 

 

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[North Meeting] Story Points Revisited

Where:  Axosoft    (Google Map)
13835 N. Northsight Boulevard #205
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Cost: Free. All PHXSUG meetings are Free.

Agenda:
6:00 -  Registration – Food and Drink (Sponsored by Infusionsoft - http://www.infusionsoft.com)
6:25 -  Announcements
6:30 -  Begin the Meeting
8:00 -  Closing Messages and Announcements

PLEASE REGISTER - If you are already a member of the Phoenix Scrum User’s Group, you have already received an email about this event, just select the “Registration Link” in that email.  If you have not signed-up yet, please sign-up (top right of this page), and we’ll get an email out to you!!

Topic Overview: Story Points Revisited

Perhaps one of the most misunderstood concepts for people new to Agile (and even some not so new) is the concept of story points. It seems that everyone remembers planning poker and playing with cards, but the real essence of what points are, how to assign points, when to assign points, how to use points to determine velocity, what points mean to upper management seem to be either forgotten or not properly trained from the start.

Learning objectives:

* Learn that points are not absolute but refer to relative size
* Learn that points are almost always specific to a scrum team and should not be used to determine relative maturity among teams
* Learn that Planning Poker is perhaps the most inefficient (though memorable) way to assign relative size
* Learn other appropriate techniques for sizing
* Learn to size with non-collocated teams (if you are stuck with such an arrangement)
* Learn how to use points to plan long term potentiality
* Learn how to explain points to others to dispel prevalent myths

Speaker Bio: Larry Apke

Larry has over 6 year’s real-world experience as a scrum master, agile coach, consultant and software development manager and over 15 years of total IT experience with his own and other companies. His passion is to help people create high-quality software on a regular basis. He is a regular speaker on Agile topics, an active member of Agile user groups, founder of the San Antonio Agile Coffee. He currently works as an Agile Coach and Principal Consultant for Mindtree.

Posted in Meeting Announcements, North Meeting.


[South Meeting] August 21st – The Agile 2014 Conference – What’s Hot!!!

Where:
Infusionsoft    (Google Map)
1260 S. Spectrum Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85286

Cost:  There is no cost to attend this session, and the food and beverages are provided by our Sponsor(s).

Agenda:
6:00 -  Registration – Food and Drink (no cost – Infusionsoft is Sponsoring)
6:25 -  Announcements
6:30 -  Begin the Panel
8:00 – Closing Messages and Announcements

Please Register - If you are already a member of the Phoenix Scrum User’s Group, you have already received an email about this event, just select the “Registration Link” in that email.  If you have not received that email, please sign-up (on the right), and we’ll get it out to you!!

Topic Overview:  The Agile 2014 Conference – What’s Hot!!!

In this “Park Bench” format, we’ll hear from a few lucky dogs that were able to attend the Agile 2014 Conference (in Orlando!)

We’ll kick things off with a brief overview of the conference including HOT sessions, topics, and themes at the conference.  After the intro, our panel members will each pick a session they attended and provide the highlights.  We’ll ask some thought provoking questions to poke at the interesting points.  Some of the topics or sessions that may be talked about include:

  • Craftsmanship, apprenticeship/mentoring, and technical excellence
  • “Gamify the Card Wall”
  • State of Agile (by Ken Shwaber)
  • People, System, Culture:  Where Leadership Thrives (by Pawel Brodzinski)
  • We’ll cover some of the hot topics as well
.

Panel Members:  Alan Dayley, Andrew Miller, Anthony Vizcarra, Angie Fura, and Ross Beamish

 

 

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[South Meeting] July 17th: Mob Programming – Like a Boss!!!

Where:
Infusionsoft    (Google Map)
1260 S. Spectrum Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85286

Cost:  There is no cost to attend this session, and the food and beverages are provided by our Sponsor(s).

Agenda:
6:00 -  Registration – Food and Drink (no cost – Infusionsoft is Sponsoring)
6:25 -  Announcements
6:30 -  Begin the Panel
8:00 – Closing Messages and Announcements

Please Register - If you are already a member of the Phoenix Scrum User’s Group, you have already received an email about this event, just select the “Registration Link” in that email.  If you have not received that email, please sign-up (on the right), and we’ll get it out to you!!

Topic Overview:  Mob Programming – Like A Boss!!!

What can be better that two programmers working together to solve a problem?  A “mob” of people working together to solve a problem!!!

Mob programming is pair programming on a team scale.  With Mob programming, an entire team can be focused on one task at time.  Come learn about our efforts to implement the mob-programming coding practice.  We’ll cover the complete background:  how we heard about it, how we adapted it to fit our team, the experiments along the way, and what we have learned.  We will answer questions like how does this practice affect productivity?  Can you maintain the same velocity with the entire team focused on one task at a time?  Can the team stand to work together all the time. . . . and/or do they like working together all the time?   But most importantly – what IS that smell?  Some of the answers will surprise you!

Speaker Bio:  Andrew Miller

Development Manager at Infusionsoft. (more bio coming)

Speaker Bio:  Ross Beamish

Senior Software Developer at Infusionsoft. (more bio coming)

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[North Meeting] Scrapyard to Interstate – Applying lean principles to product development

Where:  Axosoft    (Google Map)
13835 N. Northsight Boulevard #205
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Cost: Free. All PHXSUG meetings are Free.

Agenda:
6:00 -  Registration – Food and Drink (Sponsored by Infusionsoft - http://www.infusionsoft.com)
6:25 -  Announcements
6:30 -  Begin the Meeting
8:00 -  Closing Messages and Announcements

PLEASE REGISTER - If you are already a member of the Phoenix Scrum User’s Group, you have already received an email about this event, just select the “Registration Link” in that email.  If you have not signed-up yet, please sign-up (top right of this page), and we’ll get an email out to you!!

Topic Overview: Scrapyard to Interstate – Applying lean principles to product development

A quick dive into some favorite principles from “Product Development Flow” along with an explanation of how the speaker has applied them in the past. Lecture with activities. Questions and answers.

Speaker Bio: Mike Badgett

Mike Badgett is a scrum master and has also filled the role of software engineer, tester, product manager, and party planner. He is a proponent of doing whatever it takes to “deliver valuable software to the customer” and using the unique tools in the agile development toolbox to get there.

Posted in North Meeting.


[South Meeting] June 26th – Agile Developer Panel

NOTE the date change from 6/19 to 6/26

Where:
Infusionsoft    (Google Map)
1260 S. Spectrum Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85286

Cost:  There is no cost to attend this session.  It’s a free event.

Agenda:
6:00 -  Registration – Food and Drink (no cost – Infusionsoft is Sponsoring)
6:25 -  Announcements
6:30 -  Begin the Panel
8:00 – Closing Messages and Announcements

PLEASE REGISTER - If you are already a member of the Phoenix Scrum User’s Group, you have already received an email about this event, just select the “Registration Link” in that email.  If you have not received that email, please sign-up (on the right), and we’ll get it out to you!!

Topic Overview:  Agile Developer Panel

On March 20th, we held a Product Owner Panel. That meeting was full of interest and discussion. This meeting will be very similar, except the panel will be loaded with Agile Software Developers. We’ll talk with 4 developers about their experiences on agile teams. Fortunately, we were able to get Developers from same companies as the product owner panel – Pearson, Infusionsoft, and Axosoft; plus we’ll have a fourth developer from Liberty Distribution!  We’ll hear about their biggest challenges, and also what helps make their job easier. We’ll also hear what helps their teams be most productive and produce better products – and what are the biggest detriments to productivity. Our goal is to have some real discussions with real developers who do the job. The moderator will ask a few questions to get things going…and then turn the questioning over to the audience. This will be a great opportunity to hear from developers (from different sized companies) about things that work and don’t work.

Panel Member: Sri Surukuntu, Pearson

In 2006, after completing his Masters in Germany, Srikanth Surukuntu landed in USA. Ever since that day, he has been working as a Software Developer in Arizona.

Throughout his career in Software Development, he has worked in diverse teams. At one point, he worked in a team that had a person from Venezuela, a person from Pakistan, a person from Nigeria, a person from India, and few people from USA. He has also worked in varying team sizes – in teams as small as 3 members to as large as 15 members. He has used both agile, non-agile, and mixed methodologies to develop software.

He loves to have diverse experiences. Sri recently started working as a Scrum Master cum Developer. He is finding the Scrum Master side of the things very fulfilling as well. He is passionate about making great products, and he loves working with ambitious and compassionate people.

Panel Member: Dan Suceava, Axosoft

Dan is a software developer at Axosoft.

Panel Member: Jake Griffin, Liberty Distribution

Jake Griffin graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Systems Engineering. He has worked in the Software development field for about 8 years. His professional career began at the Salt River Project (SRP), then transitioned to General Dynamics C4 Systems, and finally, for the last 3 years, to Liberty Distribution, where he was first exposed to Agile Scrum and Paired Programming, among other XP practices. He has since obtained Scrum Master Certification to aid in his understanding of Scrum, while working on a successful Agile Scrum team as a software developer.

Panel Member: Roy van de Water

Roy believes that everyone wants to do great things. However, he feels that most organizations have set themselves up for failure by installing the same bureaucracy that they see in the top companies with the well-intentioned but misguided belief that it will help them scale with no cost to innovation. In order to regain the innovation that led to the organization’s initial success, Roy believes they must create teams with members that have trust and respect in each other and the vision of the product, combined with the autonomy to pursue that vision. Roy works with these teams and the organizations around them to make some pretty serious changes to their culture to enable the teams and eventually the entire organization to achieve their potential.

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6 Simple Strategies for Agile Coaches to Boost Employee Engagement

Where:  Axosoft    (Google Map)
13835 N. Northsight Boulevard #205
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Cost: Free. All PHXSUG meetings are Free.

Agenda:
6:00 -  Registration – Food and Drink (Sponsored by Infusionsoft - http://www.infusionsoft.com)
6:25 -  Announcements
6:30 -  Begin the Meeting
8:00 -  Closing Messages and Announcements

PLEASE REGISTER - If you are already a member of the Phoenix Scrum User’s Group, you have already received an email about this event, just select the “Registration Link” in that email.  If you have not signed-up yet, please sign-up (top right of this page), and we’ll get an email out to you!!

Topic Overview:  6 Simple Strategies for Agile Coach to Boost Employee Engagement

Gallup’s latest Global Employee Engagement survey show that only 13% employees are fully engaged and rest are either not engaged or actively dis-engaged. Traditional Managers and leaders who command a position within organization, usually exercise a  bit of authority, power, as well as resources (rewards, bonuses, recognition, etc) towards engaging people. Leadership experts and executive coaches take a route that usually involves, motivating and inspiring people, building trust, uniting everyone in the organization towards common mission, values, and goals. These work great however, need a lot of time, effort and resources.

Agile Coaches on the other hand, are in different situation altogether. Most of the Agile coaches usually command no power and authority within the organization. Yet, they aspire and commit to missions such as creating highly collaborative, self-organizing and high performing teams, developing learning organizations, helping people change behaviors etc. Think about a team that simply won’t speak up, people who would always show up late to meetings, people who prefer to work from closed door offices, team members who prefer they can do anything but contribute on the team, architects who do not share the architecture details with anyone except the leaders. Oh Boy!! there are many such behaviors that hinder teams and organizations from becoming truly Agile.

In this session, we’ll discuss 6 simple, easy to implement strategies that Agile Coaches or anyone with no power and authority can apply to boost employee engagement, and promote collaboration. The session will be interactive and will involve simple yet powerful activities.

 

Speaker Bio:  Kamlesh Ravlani

Kamlesh Ravlani is an Agile Coach, Evangelist and a Trainer. He trains and coaches young lean startups and teams and leaders within large organizations. Kamlesh is passionate about improving the way organizations function and deliver value to their customers. He collaborates with Agile coaches worldwide, helps organize and faciliates Scrum and Agile events.

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WANTED: Agile Coach, ScrumMaster, CIO, Janitor, whatever… Making Enterprise Agile Transformation Successful

Where:
Infusionsoft    (Google Map)
1260 S. Spectrum Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85286

Cost:  All PHXSUG meetings are Free.

Agenda:

6:00 -  Registration – Free Food and Drink (Infusionsoft Sponsoring)
6:25 -  Announcements
6:30 -  Begin the Meeting
8:00 –  Closing Messages and Announcements

Topic Overview:  WANTED: Agile Coach, ScrumMaster, CIO, Janitor, whatever… Making Enterprise Agile Transformation Successful

The term “coach” has become an overloaded and almost meaningless term in much the same way that “agile” has.  Many individuals are calling themselves coaches who have little or no practical experience with Agile in large enterprise organizations.  Organizations are confused about who they really need to bring success to their Agile transformation, and thus, are advertising for the wrong skills.In this session, we will talk about the distinction between the various roles in a successful Agile transformation and what characteristics accompany those responsibilities.

Speaker Bio: Daniel Gullo
Daniel is a Certified Scrum Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer for Solutions IQ.  Checkout his Scrum Alliance Bio by clicking here.

Posted in South Meeting.


[North Meeting] May 6th – The Story of the Story

Where:  Axosoft    (Google Map)
13835 N. Northsight Boulevard #205
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Cost: Free. All PHXSUG meetings are Free.

Agenda:
6:00 -  Registration – Food and Drink (Sponsored by Infusionsoft – http://www.infusionsoft.com)
6:25 -  Announcements
6:30 -  Begin the Meeting
8:00 -  Closing Messages and Announcements

PLEASE REGISTER - If you are already a member of the Phoenix Scrum User’s Group, you have already received an email about this event, just select the “Registration Link” in that email.  If you have not signed-up yet, please sign-up (top right of this page), and we’ll get an email out to you!!

Topic Overview:  The Story of the Story

There is a lot of discussion around User Stories, and it is probably one the most frequently used words in any Agile team.  How well do our Agile teams really understand the user stories?  What views do they have about user stories, and what aspects of the user story do they care most about?

In this session we will discuss User Stories, and we’ll do some activities that help us explore how User Stories can help team members see them from a new perspective never thought of before.

Speaker Bio:  Kalpesh Shah

Kalpesh is a friendly neighborhood Agilista and Agile Practitioner. As a Scrum Master and Agile Coach he helps teams collaborate , enhance creativity, and become more self-organize and high-performing. As a monk on a spiritual journey, he is also on a journey of discovering/learning different agile techniques and practices to create better teams and in turn create better products (his version of enlightenment). Kalpesh has over 6 years of experience in creating and working with different shapes and sizes of Agile teams.  He has worked with organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies, helping them in their Agile Journey.

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