Upcoming Agile Events

Feb 2nd:  [North] - Standup Poker: How One Change Revolutionized Our Daily Stand Up and Teams Mindset !!!
Feb 18th: [South] - TBD
Feb 29th [North] - Sally Elatta from Agile Transformations will be speaking!
(Note: this is the "March North Meeting", but we are moving it back one day to accommodate Axosoft)

May 6th - SAVE THE DATE!!!!  Yes, It's BIG - Seriously, clear the day! (more info coming soon)

Recurring monthly events (generally occur):    1st Tuesday - North Meeting   ::   3rd Thursday - South Meeting

North Meeting

 Standup Poker – How One Change Revolutionized Our Daily Stand Up and Teams Mindset !!!

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

Agenda:
6:00 Registration Food and Drink
6:25 Announcements
6:30 Begin the Panel
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements 

Description:  Standup Poker – How One Change Revolutionized Our Daily Stand Up and Teams Mindset !!!

An experiment that turned into Standup Poker revolutionized the team’s daily standups and every aspect of their agile journey.  It took our team to next level of Awesome!

In this session, I will share a case study of how we created a simple experiment that turned into Standup Poker and revolutionized our Daily standup. This technique helped us uncover true insights of teams progress.  It got the teams talking about strategic planning and plans to remove any impediments as a “team”.   The benefits came on a daily basis and helped accomplish sprint goal and commitments.  I will share examples, stories, and experiences from using Standup Poker, and I will describe how this simple technique converted a group of individuals into a TEAM !!!

The content, exercise, and message of this session highlight the agile principles of individuals and interactions over process and tools.  This session will help you foster the mindset of continuous improvement within your teams!

Speaker Bio:  Kalpesh Shah, CSM, SPC

Kalpesh is an Enterprise Agile Coach with over 7 years of experience in creating and working with different shapes and sizes of Agile teams.  He has worked with organizations ranging from Fortune 50 companies to startups, helping them make the transition to Agile way of working, implementing Agile at Scale, employ Lean Product Development approaches and instill Lean Startup mindset. As a monk on a spiritual journey, he is also on a journey of discovering, learning and implementing different agile techniques to create happier teams which in turn create better products, his version of enlightenment!

His latest passion is Culture Hacking through continuous experimentation which will promote innovative thinking, extend openness, embody rationality, and bring design thinking into teams.

South Meeting

Introducing Version 4.0 of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

 

 

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

Agenda:
6:00 Registration Food and Drink
6:25 Announcements
6:30 Begin the Panel
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements 

Description:   Introducing Version 4.0 of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) has always been based on well-known, proven lean-agile practices cadence, small batches, limiting WIP, continuous integration, self-managed teams, etc.   These practices increase an organizations productivity, quality, and economics.  The newly released SAFe Version 4.0 offers several additions.  SAFe 4.0 is now built around Value Streams for coordinating and aligning an organization on value delivery.  The Solution Intent communicates the systems intended behavior and design decisions and provides a technical repository to support impact analysis and compliance.  Enablers define exploration work for requirements and design that is performed in flow with the development and construction work.  Finally, engineering practices including Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), Set-Based Design, and Architecture are integrated into the agile deliver system.

This talk presents the new SAFe 4.0 and discusses how these additions, and others, help large systems realize the benefits of lean and agile practices.

Speaker Bio:  Harry Koehnemann

Harry Koehnemann is the Director of Technology at 321 Gang where he helps organizations and programs become more effective at systems and software engineering practices.  He has been a consultant, educator, and practitioner in systems and software engineering for more than 20 years.  Harry has broad experience with both large and small organizations ranging from automotive manufacturers and their suppliers to billion dollar government contracting programs to employee #5 at a still-successful Internet startup.

South Meeting

An Introduction to LeSS:  Large-Scale Scrum (By Craig Larman)

 

 

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

Agenda:
6:00 Registration Food and Drink (no cost The Speaker, Craig Larman is Sponsoring)
6:25 Announcements
6:30 Begin the Panel
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

NOTE:  Were mixing it up this December!  We normally dont have a December meeting, but since Craig Larman is in town teaching a Scaling Scrum class, hes agreed to give us a talk on the LeSS framework.  Craig IS THE GUY who created the LeSS method (he and Bas Vodde), so this is a chance to hear it from the guy who created it.  NOTE the date is December 8th, which is not either of our normal North or South meeting dates.  

Description:  An Introduction to LeSS: Large-Scale Scrum

Yes, this topic is a similar to the topic 2 months ago.  However, this time the planets have aligned.  We’ll have some different information, more of it, and you’ll hear it from the source!  Craig Larmin is the co-creator of Large-Scale Scrum (see Craig’s bio below).  Also, checkout the Large-Scale Scrum website.

Speaker Bio:  Craig Larman

Craig Larman is the co-creator of LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum), and since 2005, he has worked with clients to apply the LeSS framework for scaling Scrum, lean thinking, and agile development to big product groups.  Much of his work is organizational-design consulting with senior-management teams of product groups adopting LeSS.

Craig has served as the lead coach of large-scale lean software development adoption at Xerox, and serves or has served as a consultant for LeSS at Ericsson, JP Morgan, Cisco-Tandberg, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Alcatel-Lucent, UBS, bwin.party, Nokia Networks and Siemens Networks, and Ion Trading, among many other clients. Craig has also served as chief scientist at Valtech and while living in Bengaluru India, at Valtechs development center helped to create agile offshore development with LeSS.

In addition to his focus with hands-on LeSS consulting and product work, he occasionally speaks in public, such as keynoting on LeSS at the 2014 Software Executive Summit, the 2013 Agile India conference, and the 2011 QCon conference.

Craig has been named one of the top 20 Agile influencers of all time and is the author of several books on scaling lean & agile development with LeSS, including:

  • More with LeSS
  • Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking & Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum
  • Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Successful Large, Multisite & Offshore Product Development with Large-Scale Scrum
  • Agile & Iterative Development: A Manager’s Guide

Craig was one of the first Certified Scrum Trainers, and helped kick off the Agile movement, especially with his 2003 book Agile & Iterative Development: A Manager’s Guide.

South Meeting

The Value of Hypothesis-Driven Development

 

 

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

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

Description:  The Value of Hypothesis-Driven Development

Compressed feedback loops provide one of the principle benefit of Agile.  Scrum has given us the ability to quickly respond to changing business needs and reduce development costs.  But lets face it even with Scrum, software development is still expensive.  Hypothesis-Driven Development (HDD) lets us conduct quick experiments prior to development to weed out weak ideas prior to committing development effort to them.  HDD increases developer/customer interactions, reduces costs, and it gives us an excuse to act like mad scientists!

Speaker Bio:  Erik Hurst

By day Erik Hurst (www.linkedin.com/in/erik-hurst-93437513is a mild mannered project manager currently introducing Agile to the world of networking hardware solutions.  He enjoys researching new ideas in personal and team motivation, process flow, and product development.  In his role as a Scrum Product Owner Erik implemented capacity-driven planning, behavior-driven development, and hypothesis driven development to improve the teams process and performance.

As a Certified Scrum Product Owner and Certified Scrum Master Erik is passionate about spreading the word and benefits of Agile outside of the software development community.

Erik lives in Phoenix with his fiancée, two dogs, and two cats.  Their horses live in Gilbert.  When he is not writing about himself in the 3rd person Erik is active in the board gaming community and sports a collection of over 375 board games.

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