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Upcoming Agile Events

*** NOTE:  This month’s South meeting (only this month’s) date has been moved to Tuesday 4/14 to accommodate the speaker. (i.e., NOT the 3rd Thursday).

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

4/14

 South Meeting – Focus. #Deliver

5/5

 North Meeting – NO MEETING DUE TO PHX SCRUM GATHERING

4/13, 4/14

 CSM Certification Class (Mike Vizdos) (10% Discount for SUG  Members)

5/4-5/6

 Phoenix Scrum Gathering (10% Discount for SUG Members)


Congratulations
to Fabian Spinnenhirn (from the North Meeting) and Janette Smith (from the South Meeting)!   At last month’s meetings, Fabian and Janette won the opportunity to trade a little bit conference support for…..fully paid admission to the Scrum Gathering!

Also, check out the “Want the slides” updates to the last two meetings – they now have links to the slides.

Posted in Meeting Announcements.


[South Meeting] April 14th – Focus. #deliver

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 Session
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:  Focus. #deliver

“Scaling Agile” is definitely one of the hot topics in the scrum world today.  Even if you don’t need to scale today, you’re likely to need to know how in the future.  But here’s the thing – Scaling something crappy . . . . still fails to deliver value to your customers.

In order to deliver value, Mike interactively presents ideas that combine techniques from both Lean Startup and Scrum so you can slow down, focus, and #deliver.

You’ll walk away with at least ONE action item you can put into immediate practice.

Speaker Bio:  Mike Vizdos

Mike is a Certified Scrum Trainer who is very active in the agile community.   Find out more about Mike here:  http://www.michaelvizdos.com/about/

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[North Meeting] April 7th: Beyond User Stories: What motivates Agile Team Members!!

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
6:30 -  Announcements
6:35 -  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: Beyond User Stories: What motivates Agile Team Members!!

A sequel to the “Story of the Story” presentation from last year and after few more curious observations and asking thought provoking questions (or so he thinks!!!) to various teams, Kalpesh shares his learning about different experiments he has conducted with Scrum Teams to make an attempt to answer the eternal question of “What motivates my team and makes them Tick???”

The dynamics of product development is changing. Organizations are moving towards maturing their agile software development approach. The traditional barriers of roles are being broken creating new opportunities and fostering a shift in the mindset. Instead of being tied down to scope management and delivering the project on time, Agile teams are focused and inspired by hypothesis validation and learning from the users and their behaviors.

In this session we will go over what is at the core of next generation Agile Team members and how driving Experiment-Measure-Learn-Repeat loop plays a crucial role in teams overall motivation and performance.

Speaker Bio:  Kalpesh Shah

Kalpesh is a friendly neighborhood Agilista and an Agile Practitioner. As a Scrum Master and Agile Coach he helps teams collaborate better, enhance creativity, 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 better products (his version of enlightenment). Kalpesh has over 7 years of experience in creating and working with different shapes and sizes of Agile teams where he has worked with organizations ranging from Fortune 100 companies to startups, helping them in their Agile Journey.

Posted in Meeting Announcements, North Meeting.


[South Meeting] March 19th: Agile Team Health

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 Session
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:  Team Health

Want the slides?  Get them Here!!!

In this talk/workshop, we’ll take a look at some various ways to consider and evaluate team health…and how to get the team to work on making them a healthier team.  We’ll start with some very simple, lightweight approaches, and work our way into looking at a commercial tool for evaluating team health.  We’ll talk a little, collaborate a little, and actually work through a some of these approaches.  You should leave the session with some new thoughts regarding your team’s health, and some new approaches to determine the highest priority items to address.

Speaker Bio:  Perry Reinert

Perry Reinert, Ph.D. is currently the Director of Agile Strategy at Infusionsoft.  Perry strives to find and bring new agile tools and techniques to the Infusionsoft development teams and other non-development teams.  Prior to Infusionsoft, Perry taught classes at ASU, worked at Orbital Sciences Corporation, and worked with Cisco Systems on large-scale e-learning projects.  As a consultant, Perry has engaged companies such as General Dynamics, Burr-Brown, Double-Tree Hotels, and Texas Instruments.  Additionally, Perry helped co-found the Phoenix Scrum User’s Group.

Posted in Meeting Announcements, South Meeting.


[North Meeting] March 3rd: Continuous Delivery – A QA Engineers View

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
6:30 -  Announcements
6:35 -  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: Continuous Delivery – A QA Engineers View

Want the slides?  Get them Here!!!

As a QA Engineer we face a daily challenge in working to catch up with the code, config, environment, and data changes. We need to get ahead of this now if we are to remain significant. In this session, we’ll take a look at how we can better work together to provide continuous delivery.

Speaker Bio:  Bob Small

Bob is a leading expert in quality assurance and testing techniques on agile teams in a SaaS environment. Bob is an award winning tester, with 14 years of experience in I.T.  He has been published in online magazines and contributed to well known Agile books. He has worked with the leading Domain registrar, major Airlines in Phoenix, the leader in IVR and contact center solutions, and web conference delivery solutions. Bob has saved companies over $1,800,000 in costs.

Posted in Meeting Announcements.


[South Meeting] Feb 19th – Commitment Driven Planning with Scrum

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:  Commitment-Driven Planning with Scrum

Want the slides?  Get them Here!!!

Commitment-Driven Planning, also known as Capacity-Driven Planning, is a method of planning with short iterations.  Working from a prioritized queue is especially useful for gaining visibility into how the work being done can help better plan releases.  This will be a 30-45 minute talk with discussion during the session, and time for Q&A time after the session.  Come to the session, and let’s discuss some of the challenges making and keeping iteration commitments.

Speaker Bio: David Foster

David Foster has been developing software for over 20 years, working with everything from startups to multi-billion dollar behemoths. During this time he has seen much dysfunction, but he has also seen much to be excited about. These days you will find him enthusiastically discussing how to nurture and grow high-performing teams in any setting.

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[North Meeting] Feb 3rd – Kanban Basics. Implementation, culture, community, and metrics – it’s not just cards on a wall

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
6:30 -  Announcements
6:35 -  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: Kanban Basics. Implementation, culture, community, and metrics – it’s not just cards on a wall

A quick rundown of Kanban (the stuff you may not know), an overview of the Kanban community, and reflections on some recent training from David J Anderson. Questions and answers. By the end of the meeting, participants should be able to understand the basic premise of Kanban and identify some common steps used to implement Kanban. Learn about the unique coaching stance of Kanban and hear plenty of buzzy buzzwords. If time permits, we will cover some of the more interesting metrics and measurements popular in Kanban today.

Speaker Bio: Mike Badgett

Mike Badgett is a Scrum Master / Agile Coach working with Infusionsoft in Chandler, Arizona. He is currently responsible for scrum master duties on a few teams and general process expertise within the Development Organization. Prior to Infusionsoft he was a contract Scrum Master at American Express in Phoenix. Before moving to Phoenix, Mike was an Agile Coach with New Dawn Technologies in Logan, Utah where he developed and implemented an agile adoption across the company. Content for tonight’s presentation is taken from personal notes and the book “Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business.”

Mike 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” and using the unique tools in the agile development toolbox to get there.

Mike studied Computer Science at Utah State University and is the proud father of 4 usually pleasant children

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[South Meeting] Jan 15th – A Portrait Of The Coach As A Young Project Manager

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:  A Portrait Of The Coach As A Young Project Manager

Have you ever wondered about the journey that prominent members of the Agile community have made to get where they are? Does it often seem like the “Agile thought leaders” were born Agile, while other REAL human beings have had to struggle through.  In this humorous testimonial, Daniel Gullo shares the story of his journey from “successful”, command and control Information Technology executive to world renowned enterprise level Agile Coach and Trainer. Daniel will include various elements of what inspired him to make the conversion to an Agile mindset including a quintessential text from one of the founding fathers of Scrum.

This will be a 30-45 minute talk with an additional Q&A session afterward.  The tone will be light, humorous and various elements of Agile will be mentioned at a high-level.

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.

NOTE:  Daniel is in town teaching a CSPO class (see above for info, “PHXSUG” gets you $100 off); he has a book coming out this year, AND he’s the chair of the upcoming Phoenix Scrum Gathering.

 

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[North Meeting] Using The Product Wall Release Planning Workshop

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
6:30 -  Announcements
6:35 -  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!!

Want the Slides?   Get them Here!!!

Topic Overview: Using The Product Wall Release Planning Workshop

Multi-team Release Planning, as it is often executed, fails to bring alignment beyond one-time inter-team coordination. When the “Chief Product Owner” arrives with just descriptions of features, the teams don’t learn the connection between features and value. This session describes all the steps and techniques for a Product Wall Release Planning Workshop. It brings together all the elements of business needs, user experience, value proposition, dependency resolution, risk mitigation and user story planning. By combining various Agile collaboration techniques in a guided sequence, your multi-team Release Planning can create alignment by learning together and building together a clear path to success, from the release vision all the way to Sprint backlogs.

Speaker Bio: Alan Dayley

Alan brings more than 25 years of software engineering experience to his years of Agile Coaching practice. An Agile Coach with SolutionsIQ (acquirer of BigVisible Solutions), Alan is a Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Product Owner and Certified Scrum Professional. Alan works with teams and management in strengthening the people side of creative work. “So much of success with your product depends on how your people interact with each other. Agile principles and frameworks help create the focus to build great people and interactions. A great product becomes a natural result” – See more at:  http://www.bigvisible.com/author/adayley/

Posted in North Meeting.


[North & South] – Holiday Get Together!!!

Where:   Papago  Brewing     (Google Map)
When:     6:00 Start

Agenda:    The only goal for this “meeting” is to get to know the people better and have some fun!  There is no planned talk or agenda of any kind.   Anything non-agile is fair game, and if we happen to stumble upon a topic related to Agile or the PHXSUG, then that’s just a bonus :-)  Infusionsoft will even spring for the first round of  food and beverage!

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’ve not received that email, please sign-up (on the right), and we’ll get it out to you!!

Posted in Meeting Announcements.