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Upcoming Agile Events

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

8/4

 North Meeting – Cancelled - due to Agile 2015 conference.
Look for the next Meeting to be a Highlights of the conference.

8/20

 South Meeting – Highlights from Agile 2015 conference (more info coming).

10/5-10/8 CSM/CSPO

 Peter Green is teaching CSM (Click HERE) and CSPO (Click HERE) in Phoenix.  NOTE:  Special Discount for PHXSUG members enter SUGDISCOUNT for 20% off the price.

Congratulations to the CSM and CSPO winners!!!  Peter Green from Agile For All, donated a CSM certification and a CSPO certification at our last meeting!  Check out the discounts above for his upcoming classes.

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South Meeting [July 23] – Leadership Lessons from Scaling Adobe’s Cloud Infrastructure Teams

NOTE:  This meeting, on 7/23, is not on our normal 3rd Thursday.  ALSO, at the 7/23 meeting, Peter is giving away a seat in each of his upcoming CSM and CSPO classes!!!

Peter in Action!!!

Peter in Action!!

Peter “resting” after the talk!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: Leadership Lessons from Scaling Adobe’s Cloud Infrastructure Teams

Adobe successfully shifted its business model from perpetually licensed desktop products to subscription & cloud based products and services. One of the core competencies required in this shift was subscription licensing, entitlements, and identity management. The group responsible for these shared technologies eventually adopted a scaling approach based on the so-called “Spotify model”. In this presentation, Peter Green, who coached the leaders and teams through this approach, will share the lessons learned – why they took that approach, how they got leadership buy-in, what worked in the transition, and what didn’t.

Speaker Bio:  Peter Green

Peter is passionate about helping organizations get deeply engaged with their customers and with each other to deliver great products in today’s rapidly changing business world. He led Adobe’s grass roots agile transformation from 2005 to 2015, working with hundreds of teams, management, and executives to help transform Adobe’s business model to subscription and cloud based services. Peter is a Certified Scrum Trainer, Innovation Games Qualified Instructor, and Leadership Agility Certified 360 Coach with Agile for All. He is a frequent speaker and thought leader on agile transformation, combining lean startup with scrum, agile leadership, and emergent organizational models.

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[North Meeting] July 7th – Agile Team Health

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

Cost:  There is no cost to you – sponsors have covered the costs.

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:  Agile Team Health

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 ideas on how to look at 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 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.

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[South Meeting] June 18th – Beyond User Stories: What motivates Agile Team Members!!

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: 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. Checkout his tweets @AgileBrightSpot.

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[North Meeting] June 2nd – Industry Trends and Insights: A panel discussion of the Global Scrum Gathering

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: Industry Trends and Insights:  A panel discussion of the Global Scrum Gathering

Did you attend the Global Scrum Gathering (GSG) in Phoenix?  If so, please come share your insights!

OR….Do you WISH you could have attended the Global Scrum Gathering (GSG) in Phoenix?  If so, come hear about the conference and some of the conference topics.

Erik and Travis are prepared to talk about their experience, hot topics, and highlights –  including (but not limited to):

  • #icouldbewrong
  • Group Works
  • Liberating Structures
  • Coaching Canvas
  • Core Protocols
  • Lean Startup
  • Cynefin (Kenevin) Framework
  • Lean Canvas
  • Hypothesis Driven Development
  • Minimum Viable Product

Speaker Bio:  Erik C. Hurst

Erik Hurst is a Certified Scrum Master working as a Product Owner at the University of Phoenix. Erik has been working in IT for 5 years. Erik works diligently to introduce Agile and Lean practices to all areas of the business. Prior to becoming a Product Owner Erik was a project manager trained in the PRINCE2 methodology and started his professional career as a High School Teacher. Outside of work Erik is an avid board gamer and his living room houses over 250 board games.

Speaker Bio:  Travis Parma

 Travis has been in the IT realm for around 12 years, starting in Technical Support in 2003. He worked his way through administrative and project contributor roles until landing on a small development team around 2008. Travis became a Scrum Master of the development team in mid-2011 and became Manager of the development team in late 2014. Travis’ roles since becoming a Scrum Master has been spreading and coaching agile practices to different teams within the department. As a leader, Travis is focusing on coaching and other techniques to help develop team members and teams.

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[South Meeting] May 21st – Establishing Successful Habits for Portfolio and Program Management

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:  Establishing Successful Habits for Portfolio and Program Management

Agile teams learn to establish habits that ensure value is being delivered consistently.  Those habits are evidenced in Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Retrospective and other forums.  We also know that teams are motivated by a sense of purpose and clear direction, especially when what they are delivering requires coordination and communication across teams.  Most organizations struggle in establishing the habits at the Portfolio and Program levels that will ensure teams have a clear sense of purpose and priority.  Settling instead for a more reactive culture leading to churn, frustration and delay.  Steve will share his insight on how organizations can establish habits at the Portfolio and Program level that will contribute to greater success in consistently delivering value across teams.

Speaker Bio:  Steve Davis

Steve Davis is the founder and chief executive officer of Davisbase Consulting. An information technology professional for more than 20 years, he has hands-on experience with all aspects of the application development life-cycle utilizing a myriad of methodologies. He has worked with organizations of all sizes, from Fortune 50 companies to startups. His extensive background includes PMO development, project management, quality assurance, team development and business analysis, as well as agile implementation, coaching and training. He has worked with over 300 agile teams and, as a coach, led teams that deployed and supported technology solutions to over 50 ecommerce and retail customers.

Steve has learned that people and results are what matter most ― and applies that line of thinking with the teams which whom he works. He has participated in the development and deployment of large enterprise systems such as SAP, SharePoint and Oracle, as well as custom-built solutions in healthcare, financial services, insurance, ecommerce, retail, construction and other industries. He has demonstrated his ability to coach teams at a very detailed level, while communicating effectively and building trust with senior executives.

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[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.

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[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.

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[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.

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