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

2/3

 North Meeting – It’s Posted!!!  See Below!

2/19

 South Meeting – TBD

5/4-5/6

 Phoenix Scrum Gathering (10% Discount for SUG Members)

 

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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/

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[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!!

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[South Meeting] Nov 20th – Scrum Master Panel

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:  Scrum Master Panel

We’ve had the Developer Panel and the Product Owner Panel. Now it’s time for the Scrum Master Panel.  The other panels were full of interest and discussion. This meeting will be very similar, except the panel will be loaded with Scrum Masters. We’ll talk with 4 Scrum Masters about their experiences on agile teams. We’ll hear about their biggest challenges, and also what helps make their job easier. We’ll find out what they each think is the MOST IMPORTANT factor in in getting a team to “high-performing”.  We’ll also hear what helps their teams produce better products – and what are the biggest detriments to productivity. Our goal is to have real discussions with real Scrum Masters 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 Scrum Masters from different sized companies.

Panel Members:

We have the following SCRUM MASTERS confirmed.

  • Mary Andersen – Ticketmaster
  • Brett Dunn – Liberty Distribution
  • Mike Badgett – Infusionsoft
  • Mike Robbins – Workiva

Mary Andersen – Ticketmaster

Mary is a CSM and PMP certified IT professional with 15+ years experience working on complex, large scale initiatives. As a SCRUM Master at Ticketmaster, responsible for coordinating team effort is aligned with 40+ SCRUM teams. Excellent at building collaborative relationships and processes to deliver high-quality applications.

Brett Dunn – Liberty Distribution

BIO – TBD

Mike Badgett – Infusionsoft

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.

Mike Robbins – Workiva

Mike Robbins has been a Certified Scrum Master since 2010. During that time he has worked for 2 agile development organizations.

Workiva (2012 – Present – Scottsdale, Iowa, Denver, Montana, and more (~1000 employees))
“Workiva, formerly WebFilings, is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company founded in 2008 by software and business veterans. Workiva released its initial cloud-based reporting solution in March 2010 to simplify how companies collect data and prepare complex business reports for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Workiva now files more quarterly and annual reports with the SEC than any other third-party provider.”  Mike has been a dedicated Scrum Master (delivery manager) for 4 development teams whose focus is on iOS & Android application development, HTML5 Web Application development, and Flex/JavaScript UI-ing.

Meltmedia (2009 – 2012 – Tempe (~50 employees))
Mike is a passionate team of technology experts, digital strategists, and design leaders in Tempe, Arizona, and we’re using our mighty powers to save the world.  Mike acted as a project manager, business analyst, and scrum master for several projects ranging from web/mobile apps to website development.

 

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[North Meeting] The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

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: The Five Dysfunctions of a team

Teamwork remains the ultimate competitive business advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare. Based on The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (2002), Michael’s vast experience with teams from all areas of business provide for a rich conversation that will uncover the common dysfunctions that cause serious problems for teams and lead to unhealthy organizations. Audience members will leave the session excited about the five dysfunctions model, and will have absorbed practical tools designed to overcome the dysfunctions and transform their teams into functional, high performing units. This will be a fun, fast-paced, and interactive program that motivates audience members to begin dealing head-on with the five dysfunctions to gain greater advantage against competitors.

Speaker Bio: Michael Lorsch

Michael Lorsch, is Principal Consultant at The Table Group. Michael is a versatile executive consultant/coach with 26 years of management and

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[South Meeting] October 16th – Leading Virtual Teams

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:  Leading Virtual Teams

Virtual teams presents many unique challenges to project delivery.  Strong organizational commitment and use of collaborative tools can help bridge the geographic gap.  Come hear experiences from two leaders who are living this transformation and some of the techniques they used to be successful.

Speaker Bio:  Brad Flachsbart

Brad has been with State Farm for 16 years and in IT the past 10.  Brad was a Project Manager for 6 years and is currently a Service Manager leading a team of Software Engineers in Phoenix.  As a Project Manager Brad led several strategic business initiatives, including an effort using Agile at scale.  

Speaker Bio:  Jeff Sharpe

Jeff has been an IT Project Manager with State Farm for more than 15 years.  Jeff is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Project Management Professional (PMP) and has led many IT projects at State Farm using various agile and acceleration techniques.  Jeff relocated from Bloomington, Illinois to Phoenix 10 months ago as State Farm is growing their IT presence in the valley and looking for experienced developers to join their staff.

 

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[North Meeting] README-Driven Development with GitHub at ASU

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
6:25 -  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: README-Driven Development with GitHub at ASU

In an effort to help student software development teams get up to speed using Scrum, without an onerous learning curve, we’ve borrowed a workflow from the open-source world which leverages GitHub.com for collaboration and uses its central artifacts as information radiators.  Professor Clark will share what he’s learned so far about how this approach works, some of its unique benefits for team members and coaches, and some of the questions he still hasn’t answered.

Learning objectives:

* Introduction and analysis of the RDD method.  An overview of the Git and GitHub technology itself (depending on audience interest).

Speaker Bio: Joseph Clarke

Joseph Clark is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at ASU, who coaches about 35 student teams each year in IT development “capstone” projects using Scrum and elements of other Agile methods.  He also conducts academic research on agile IS development and in the data analytics area.

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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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