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Upcoming Agile Events

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

12/18

 Holiday Get Together

1/15 – 1/16

Certified Scrum Product Owner course by Daniel Gullo. Use code ‘PHXSUG’ to get $100 off

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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 leadership experience. He has held leadership positions in a number of successful organizations. Just prior to his work with The Table Group, he served on the senior leadership team of the Make–A–Wish Foundation® of America where he led efforts in overall program delivery (wishes) and was instrumental in initiating their industry leading corporate university. He also oversaw efforts related to Make-A-Wish’s interaction with the celebrity industry.

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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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[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.

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[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
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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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