Upcoming Agile Events

August 2nd - [North] - Alan Dayley, The Four C's: Communication, Coordination, Cooperation, Collaboration  Sponsored by Solutions IQ and hosted by Axosoft. Thank you Axosoft!!!

August 25th - [South] - Sorry, there were some scheduling challenges this month, so there will be no SOUTH meeting.  We'll be back next month...enjoy your "summer vacation" :-)

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

North Meeting

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 Talk
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements 

Description: The Four C’s: Communication, Coordination, Cooperation, Collaboration

The word collaboration is seeing broad usage in companies today. It is often misapplied to conversations that consisted of three conference calls, an email and a document. Actual collaboration is hard to achieve. Agile frameworks and principles are intended to create collaboration more often. Th benefits of collaboration are far superior to the other three C-words.

This meeting we will explore the definitions and contrasts between communication, coordination, cooperation and collaboration. Through exercises and discussion we will learn to recognize the differences and discuss ways of creating the collaboration we need to get great results in our teams and organizations.Speaker Bio:  Thene Sheehy

Speaker Bio:  Alan Dayley

After more than 25 years as a software engineer in embedded systems and enterprise, I found that the people side of creative work is where my passion lies. I love creating moments of unusual experiences that build until changes in thinking happen. Agile is about leveraging human capability as strengths instead of compensating for human capability as weaknesses. Contact him through [email protected] or @DayleyAgile.

South Meeting

Where:
IntraEdge    (Google Map)
5660 W Chandler Blvd #1
Chandler, AZ 85226


Agenda:

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

Description:  An introduction to gamification – Building better teams
using serious games

We have all been there, a company introduces agile and there is great excitement. This quickly turns into “Agile” (said in your most disgusting tone!).   It might be because there isn’t sufficient executive sponsorship; however, more likely the team has fallen into the Cargo Cult trap (a Cargo Cult is characterized by the ritual inclusion of something that serves no real purpose).  In this session, we will introduce the concept of serious games, the different streams of thought behind them, as well as play a few training games.  These games can often pull teams out of their “ritualistic” mode of work back into real value.

Speaker Bio:  Todd Sussman

Todd Sussman, Escape Velocity Consulting, is an agile process coach who specializes in agile and gamification. He is a Certified Scrum Master with 18 years of experience delivering solutions in various industries as a developer, architect, scrum coach and serious game facilitator. Todd helps companies realize their full potential by creating and working with learning teams to deliver innovative, disruptive solutions.

North Meeting

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:  Conquering ScrumMaster Challenges

With various scrum maturity assessment tools available across the internet, how do you choose?  Is a more complex assessment tool more useful and more accurate than a simple personal observation approach?  Let’s review and discuss one new assessment tool from Luxsoft.  Do we agree with the questions and the scoring?  Would you take this into your own team?

Speaker Bio:  Thene Sheehy

Thene has spent 35 years in IT, with roles from COBOL programmer (back in the dark ages), to Data Analyst/Architect and JAD Facilitator (in the Information Engineering years), IT Director, Project/Program Manager, and Scrum Master.  She has led teams of data analyst/architects, DBA’s, system/software designers, project managers, developers, business analysts, and application administrators.  She was instrumental in the creation of a strategic data model for a major airline and a long distance telecom company, participated in the launch of the wireless industry, and created a strategic telemedicine technology architecture and roadmap for a healthcare system in the Midwest.  She created a computer training center and internet café business, which doubled as a computer gaming center on weekends.  Thene has worked with methodologies including structured analysis and design, information engineering, OO, iterative/spiral, and was most recently introduced to agile and scrum in 2014.  Thene loves to work with highly productive teams in energizing and creative settings to solve big problems and create lasting solutions.  Outside of work, she has created a new non-profit to support under/uninsured cancer survivors called Bra Couture AZ.  She and her husband have two dogs, a new house in Vistancia, and travel extensively.

South Meeting

Where:
IntraEdge    (Google Map)
5660 W Chandler Blvd #1
Chandler, AZ 85226


Agenda:

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

Description: Why Agile Works, and How to Screw it Up!!!

Agile practices can be the easy part of agile. It’s getting people into the agile mindset that can be a real challenge. Do you have a team member who doesn’t quite support agile or someone who’s playing along but not really committed? One step toward obtaining real commitment is a better understanding of why agile works, why it is different, and when it is the right approach. In this fast moving session, Perry Reinert provides a fun look at some of the theory that gets to the core of why agile works. Yes, we really can use the words fun and theory in the same sentence. Combining parts of the Agile Manifesto, Empirical Process Control, and Cynefin, Perry leaves you wondering how anybody can choose not to use these methods! After explaining the why, Perry connects the dots from that theory to some of the agile practices. Finally, he wraps up with a discussion of common ways to screw it all up—and how not to.

Speaker Bio:  Perry Reinert

As a CSM, CSPO, SPCT, and AHF, Perry Reinert, Ph.D brought new agile techniques and approaches to Infusionsoft development teams, and more recently to other non-development departments. A frequent speaker on agile topics at conferences, internationally, and at local events, Perry co-founded, and still runs, the Phoenix Scrum User’s Group. Perry also was one of the principal founders of the AgileArizona conference.  Prior to working with Infusionsoft, Perry taught classes at Arizona State University, launched rockets at Orbital Sciences Corporation, and worked with Cisco Systems on large-scale e-learning projects. As a consultant, Perry has taught and coached agile in numerous companies as well as run development and technical organizations. Reach Perry at [email protected].

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