Upcoming Agile Events

March 21st [South] - Benefits of Customer Journeys and Agile Value Streams, Mike Ray.  Another great topic that we've not really had before.

April 2nd [North] - TBD

This month's sponsors include IntraEdge for venue and food, Axosoft for venue and Solutions IQ for food.

                                            

Remember, we'd be in a parking lot - hungry and thirsty if it weren't for our sponsors!  :-)

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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:  Benefits of Customer Journeys and Agile Value Streams

Many people are familiar with Agile Value Streams, but what are Customer Journeys?  Who within an organization generally drives Customer Journeys and/or Agile Value Streams?  What are the benefits and business outcomes of using Value Streams and Customer Journeys? Often times these tools can have a profound effect on increasing brand loyalty, product adoption, and reducing customer churn.

In this talk, we will quickly cover the basics of what are Value Streams and Customer Journeys.  We’ll look at the relationship between the two, and we’ll look at examples of each.  The examples will highlight both challenges and successes of implementing Customer Journeys and Agile Value Streams.  We’ll also review the key Success Factors of a successful Customer Journey program.

Speaker Bio:  Mike Ray

Mike is the Chief Architect at Chassi, a platform for Business and Technology Professionals.  Mike is a Technology leader, strategist, and a builder.   He leverages many types of technologies to achieve the desired business outcomes.  Mike has expertise in a number of different industries as well as experience in applying different forms of technology in those industries.

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:  Writing and Grooming User Stories
(With an emphasis on splitting)

User stories are part of an agile approach that helps shift the focus from writing about requirements to talking about outcomes. They are expected to be simple brief descriptions, written from the perspective of the user who desires the functionality.  But before a story can be recognized as “ready” and the implementation started, we need to ensure that it is “Sized Right”.  However, many user stories start out too large. “Splitting” is the art of breaking up a user story into 2 or more smaller ones, while retaining the independence of each user story, so it has measurable business value.

Join me Todd Sussman, as we discuss the problems that user stories were intended to solve, learn how to recognize high quality stories, as well as look at common patterns for decomposing larger ones.

Speaker Bio:  Todd Sussman

Todd Sussman, Escape Velocity Consulting and Nextiva, is an process improvment coach who specializes in agile and gamification. He is a Certified Scrum Professional and Professional 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 Meeting
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

Description:  Writing and Grooming User Stories
(With an emphasis on splitting)

User stories are part of an agile approach that helps shift the focus from writing about requirements to talking about outcomes. They are expected to be simple brief descriptions, written from the perspective of the user who desires the functionality.  But before a story can be recognized as “ready” and the implementation started, we need to ensure that it is “Sized Right”.  However, many user stories start out too large. “Splitting” is the art of breaking up a user story into 2 or more smaller ones, while retaining the independence of each user story, so it has measurable business value.

Join me Todd Sussman, as we discuss the problems that user stories were intended to solve, learn how to recognize high quality stories, as well as look at common patterns for decomposing larger ones.

Speaker Bio:  Todd Sussman

Todd Sussman, Escape Velocity Consulting and Nextiva, is an process improvment coach who specializes in agile and gamification. He is a Certified Scrum Professional and Professional 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

NOTE:  This meeting is one-time only.  It will NOT come to South location (Speaker from out of the country).

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 Meeting
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

ALSO NOTE:  In this meeting, we’ll be playing games that are expected to take the entire time.  We will start on time, and possibly run 30 min longer – to 8:30 (Of course, you may leave whenever you need to).

Description:  The Magic of Involvement!

The importance of involvement and the potential of game-based training has been known since the beginning of mankind. From the early city-states of Mesopotamia and the Pharos of Egypt to the Emperor’s Court in China and the Prussian army, board-games and simulations have been used to train and support leadership skills.

Simulations offer a highly efficient and engaging method to design meaningful conversations, accelerate understanding of complex issues and anchor new leadership behaviour. Game-based training provides a safe ‘training ground’ where leaders can test different options and learn from mistakes without jeopardising real-life budgets, clients or colleagues.

Today’s event will address how to work with change management in an engaging and involving manner and if time allows, we will also touch upon global leadership and the challenges related to creating high performing teams across distances and cultures.

Speaker Bio:  Gitte Pfeffer, Director of International Services at Workz A/S

Gitte is an experienced people leader and has extensive international experience from working several years in the pharma industry and management consulting around the world. She has years of experience leading organizational changes and cultural changes.   Gitte holds a M.Sc. supply chain management from Copenhagen Business School and an Executive MBA from Scandinavian International Management Institute.  Gitte is passionate about the notion of making business meetings and decision processes more playful and engaging. She is certified facilitator of LEGO® Serious Play® and prefers Lego® bricks over Post-It’s.

Speaker Bio:  Klaus Meier Olsen, Senior Consultant at Workz A/S

Klaus is an experienced facilitator and award-winning designer of business simulations. His passion is to transform a complex subject into engaging and interactive formats that support real-life behavior change in the participants. He has extensive knowledge of change management and leadership development through working with a vast array of private and public clients. Both in Denmark and internationally.

Klaus holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Roskilde. When he isn’t working he is an avid reader and designs interactive media about such varied topics as the life of aging rockstars and families living with dementia.

About Workz A/S

Workz A/S is a Scandinavian based change agency. We work with change management, leadership development, organisational culture and the development of game-based tools for involvement and training. Our award-winning portfolio of leadership simulations are distributed globally through a network of international partners.

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